New Lexus LS Revealed
(Tuesday 31 July 2012)
Lexus has issued details of its new LS luxury car, which will go on sale in the UK later this year. In fact, "new" isn't exactly the right word, since this LS is based on the same structure as the one available now, though Lexus has done its best to disguise this by revamping the design, among other things adding LED lighting at the front and rear.
Despite the inter-generational connection, it's fair to say that the next LS will be substantially different from the current one. The changes include increasing the stiffness of the bodyshell, making the steering more responsive, improving the "feel" of the brakes, cutting down engine, road and wind noise, bringing more vehicle systems under the control of Drive Mode Select and introducing something called Lexus Climate Concierge, which co-ordinates the front and rear climate control zones and the steering wheel heater.
On the safety front, Lexus has added a new Pre-Crash Safety system, and upgraded Lane Keep Assist so that it's less likely to be confused by camber changes and crosswinds.
As before, the LS will be available in LS 460 petrol-only and LS 600h petrol/electric hybrid forms. For the first time, there's also an LS 460 F Sport, which comes with lowered suspension, Brembo front brakes, paddleshift controls for the automatic gearbox, sportier interior and exterior styling, a limited slip differential and - very trivially, though it will probably be quite good fun - a system for amplifying the engine's intake sound.
Pricing for the new LS range will be confirmed later this year.