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Lexus Hybrid LS 600hL: First Look

Jay Williams - 09/March/2010

Lexus Hybrid LS 600hL
Lexus Hybrid LS 600hL

Lexus Hybrid LS 600hL
The redesigned dials are clear and easy to read

Lexus Hybrid LS 600hL
Luxury interior

NSW, Australia - Lexus full hybrid LS 600hL flagship gains a range of technological and styling improvements in 2010.

The LS600hL now complies with the latest Euro V emissions standards and will feature redesigned seating, new equipment, a new ECO driving mode, and improved comfort and driving dynamics.

Featuring a new ECO mode, which monitors and manages throttle response and performance of the air conditioning system helps gain maximum efficiency for the hybrid LS 600hL.

Furthermore, when the outside temperature is 20C or higher, the air conditioning system automatically selects air recirculation mode to reduce power consumption.

Repackaging of the full hybrid system's battery into two sections of six and 14 modules has reduced its overall size and  in doing so has freed up 40-litres of boot space.

Combined, the LS 600hL 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine and 165kW electric motor produce a maximum 327kW of power allowing the LS 600hL to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds.

CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency are unchanged at 219g/km and 9.3-litres per 100km respectively on the combined cycle.

The revised model features a new four-bar grille and front bumper with redesigned air intakes and fog lamps.

The headlamps have a new design and are finished in Lexus' distinctive hybrid blue.

Other styling updates include new door mirrors that incorporate twin LED turn signals and puddle lamps, with chrome highlights and a rear lower bumper design with vertical fins to smooth the airflow from beneath the car.

The paint has a new Self-Restoring Coat treatment that helps maintain a the vehicles finish.

Interior wise, the instrument binnacle has been revised to include a new full colour, TFT LCD display.

A new dial design features a three-ring analogue dial with a central speedometer, a tachometer and coolant temperature gauge to the left, and a fuel gauge and hybrid system indicator to the right.

A display in the centre of the speedometer can be customised to display vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation instructions and hybrid system status.

The EMV multi-display touch screen has large switches and rearranged layout for the audio controls. The audio switchgear has a new metallic finish, adding to the premium feel and quality of the design.

The 19-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System, fitted as standard in the LS 600hL, gives 7.1-channel surround sound on selected CDs and DVDs.

It also features a USB connection for MP3 players which can be controlled via the touch screen.

The rear seat entertainment package has been redesigned to offer greater rear vision for the driver via a new slim-line rear DVD screen mounted centrally from the roof.

Pricing
Four-seat Lexus LS 600hL - $243,900 RRP*
Five-seat Lexus LS 600hL - $250,900 RRP*

* All prices are manufacturer's list prices and do not include dealer-delivery or statutory charges.

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