Lexus has announced the pricing details for the 2013 Lexus LS, in Australia. The company said that more than 50 % of the 2013 Lexus LS is new, with only the doors and roof carried over for the sheetmetal and with 3000 mechanical and component changes, which will definitely attract a large number of buyers. Pricing for the model that goes on sale in February has also been sharpened, with the Lexus LS600h hybrid dropping by the biggest margin about $30,000 to $217,900.
The range of the Lexus begins from the LS460 F Sport that starts $1100 lower than before, at $189,900. A Lexus LS460 Sports Luxury, with more features, starts from $192,400. Lexus has Apparently dropped the long-wheelbase version of the LS from the showroom due to decreasing demand, though customers can request the LS600hL via special order. Some features covered in the model are Climate Concierge system that combines an ECU, 13 sensors, 20 air outlets and seat and steering wheel heating to either warm occupants as quickly as possible. The power of the seat heaters has itself been more than doubled, while ventilation performance has also been improved. Both LS models also feature a new Drive Mode Select system with five settings that alter characteristics of areas such as engine, gearbox and steering.
Inside the care new-look interior builds on the dash design of the Lexus GS sedan, bringing a revised heating/ventilation and audio section, a TFT instrument panel, a 12.3-inch LCD display screen claimed to be the world’s largest in a passenger car, and the second-generation version of the mouse-like Remote Touch menu controller that now features a much-needed click function, and there’s also a GPS-correcting analogue clock for drivers/owners traveling long distances and cross time zones. The front passenger seat now comes with an electrically adjustable ottoman, The top-tier Lexus LS600h F Sport adopts a different interior trim that includes black leather upholstery and black headlining.
On the outside wind noise is said to have been improved with revised aerodynamics for the new-look body that now features the ‘spindle’ grille that is the signature face of all Lexus models. Revised construction techniques including laser screw welding and body bonding have improved the LS’s body rigidity by 60 per cent.
The Lexus LS600h F Sport features an additional Active Stabilizer designed to further reduce body lean and improve agility. There are two choices of drivetrain from which one can select, The Lexus LS460 is powered by a 4.6-litre V8 that has bumped up 5kW to 285kW, with 493Nm of torque, Emissions also have improve, to 249 grams of CO2 per kilometre, with fuel consumption officially rated at 10.7L/100km. Now it can do a 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds. Its petrol-electric drivetrain, which has also been tweaked, produces 327kW of power between the V8 engine and electric motor, Emissions now fall below 200g/km, at 199g/km, with fuel consumption rated at 8.6L/100km. It’s two-tenths faster (5.7sec) from standstill to 100km/h than the LS460, though the LS600h, which weighs up to 310kg more than the LS460, takes the same 13.8 seconds to reach 400 meters.
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