Lexus has launched the fifth-generation LS 500h sedan in India. and has priced the Luxury variant at Rs 1.77 crore, the Ultra Luxury variant at Rs 1.82 crore and Distinct variant at Rs 1.93 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively). The launch of the flagship sedan comes close on the heels of the launch of the NX 300h which was launched in India at a very competitive price.
The LS 500h is based on Lexus’ Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform. It measures 5,235 mm in overall length, 1,900 mm in width and has a height of 1,450 mm. The wheelbase is 3,125 mm and it has a 430-litre boot and an 82-litre fuel tank. The car’s styling is based on Lexus’ L-finesse design language comprising of a large spindle grille with a chrome frame in the front, tri-beam LED headlights with V-shaped LED DRLs and arrow-shaped LED tail lights in the rear. The car features chrome around the window frame and door sills. The LS 500h comes with a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. Additionally, Lexus uses Kiriko-cut glass for the car’s interior door trim. In the rear, you get heated seats with massage function and 1,022 mm of leg room.
Other standard features include rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, Lexus Navigation System, 360-degree camera, cornering lamps, 4-zone automatic climate control and two 11.6-inch rear seat entertainment monitors. Besides this, the LS 500h comes with 14 airbags, ABS, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Assist Control, heads-up display, tire pressure warning among other safety features.
The LS 500h is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine along with two electric motors connected to a 310.8 kV lithium-ion battery. The combined output of this hybrid powertrain is 354 BHP @ 6,600 rpm / 350 Nm @ 5,100 rpm. It comes equipped with a 10-speed multi stage hybrid transmission (ECVT) which powers feeds the power either to a rear-wheel drive system or Lexus’ new-age E Four electric all-wheel-drive system.
The car rides on 20-inch wheels shod with 245/45 RF20 tyres. It gets multi-link air suspension system with a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system with ride height control and 6 driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Custom, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+. Braking duties are handled by 18-inch ventilated discs in the front and 17-inch at the rear. Lexus claims that the LS 500h delivers a fuel economy of 15.38 km/l