Updated Lexus LS Pricing
(Wednesday 17 October 2012)
Lexus has announced the UK pricing for the considerably revised LS luxury saloon. The range once more includes the 382bhp 4.6-litre V8 petrol-engined LS 460, reintroduced to the market in response to customer demand, and it's the Luxury version of this which starts the range at £71,995.
Although this is, strictly speaking, the base model, it's not short of equipment. The price includes 18" alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, daytime running lights, leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, air-conditioned and multitudinously adjustable front seats (16-way for the driver, 14-way for the passenger), satellite navigation, a 12.3" touchscreen, dynamic interior lighting and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.
The £74,495 LS F Sport is similar to the Luxury but with slightly different interior and exterior styling. It also has 19" wheels with lower-profile tyres, Brembo brakes and retuned suspension.
After that, there's a not inconsiderable price jump to the LS 600h L Premier, which costs no less than £99,495. The extra cost is due partly to the 439bhp hybrid drivetrain, consisting of a five-litre V8 engine and an electric motor, and partly to the fact that the 600h is based on a longer-wheelbase body than the 460, but an even higher specification also has a lot to do with it.
For a start, it has Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitor, along with a system designed to reduce the possibility of a crash. And the rear passenger seats recline, and have their own footrests, and the one on the left has a massage function.
More impressively, it also has what Lexus describes as a "climate concierge" system, which uses infrared sensors to monitor the facial temperature of each occupant and adjusts the climate control, seat heating or cooling and, in the case of the driver, the steering wheel heating for maximum comfort.
Other than the metallic or mica paint schemes which are optional on all models, the only extra for the LS 600h is a night-view system which displays infrared images of objects out of headlight range on the 12.3" touchscreen mentioned previously. Night-view costs £1515.
The new LS is available to order now, and customer deliveries will start in January.