New Lexus LS: World-First Technology As Standard

17 October 2012
  • Flagship Lexus LS saloon prices and specifications announced – range starting from £71,995
  • New LS is specified with world-first technologies, including the Lexus ‘climate concierge’ system
  • F Sport model available for the first time in the LS range
  • Lexus reintroduces LS 460 petrol model following requests from customers
  • Three-model range: LS 460 Luxury, LS 460 F Sport and LS 600h L Premier
  • Available to order now, customer deliveries from January

Order books are now open for the new Lexus LS, with prices starting from £71,995 for the LS 460 Luxury; the full hybrid LS 600h L Premier grade is available from £99,495.

True to Lexus tradition, the price tag includes a high specification that is rich in advanced ‘world-first’ technology and luxury features, combined with precision fit and finish and attention to detail. For the first time, the LS range includes an F Sport model, combining sporting exterior and interior design elements with numerous dynamic enhancements.

LS 600h L

The full hybrid LS 600h is available in a single trim level, the long-wheelbase L Premier model. Its Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain features a 5.0 litre V8 engine and delivers 439bhp (327kW)

Lexus Climate Concierge and comfort features

The LS 600h L Premier model is specified with the widest range of comfort items available on any Lexus. This includes the world first Lexus ‘climate concierge’ system which uses infra-red sensors to monitor the facial temperature of each occupant of the car. Using this information it then individually adjusts the four zone climate control, seat heaters/coolers and the heated steering wheel to provide each occupant with the most comfortable ambient temperature as quickly as possible.

In the rear, passengers benefit from electrically operated reclining rear seats, including electric footrests. The left-hand rear passenger seat also features a power lumbar massage function with remote control.

Active Safety

The LS 600h L Premier is fitted with an Advanced Pre-Crash Safety system with collision avoidance assist. It is designed to help the driver avoid an accident, or if the worst happens, mitigate the consequences of a collision, with vehicles or pedestrians. It can operate across a wide range speeds, and in daylight or darkness. Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitor systems are also included in the standard specification.

LS 460

The LS 460 is available in two trims, Luxury and F Sport and is powered by a 382bhp (285kW) 4.6-litre V8 Dual VVT-i petrol engine. It has been reintroduced into the UK line-up in response to customer demand.

The Luxury is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, and LED daytime running lights. Cabin comfort is assured with leather upholstery, four zone climate control featuring nanoe technology, and air conditioned electrically adjustable front seats (16-way for driver and 14-way for front passengers). The interior is lit by the world’s first Dynamic Illumination System with soft white interior lamps and a dynamic instrument panel lighting that moves and changes in intensity in line with vehicle start-up and switch-off. On-board entertainment is provided by a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with DVD player, DAB tuner, Bluetooth and USB/Aux ports. Satellite Navigation and on-board entertainment information is presented on a 12.3-inch central display – the largest on the market today.

The LS 460 F Sport builds on the Luxury specification with 19-inch F Sport alloys, Brembo brakes, a lateral damping system, a Torsen limited slip differential, and suspension modifications. The exterior look of the car is augmented with F Sport design elements, including a more aggressive front spindle grille and sports styled bumpers. The interior has a sportier look too, with a dark cabin finish, perforated leather seats and steering wheel; Lexus scuff plates, aluminium pedals, and an aluminium effect finish on the dashboard.


The LS 600h L Premier can be specified with a night view system, which captures images of the night time field of view using a near-infra red camera and displays the night vision images on the 12.3-inch central display. This feature provides the driver with a view of hazards outside of the direct beam of the headlights. Metallic or mica paint is an option across all models in the LS range.

Colours and interiors

Eight exterior colours are available for the new LS Luxury and Premier: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Celestial Black, Mesa Red, Mercury Grey, Atlantic Blue and Obsidian Black.

The F Sport model has a range of seven exterior colours, including the newly available F Sport White.

In the cabin Luxury and Premier models can be specified with Black, Light Grey, Ivory, Topaz Brown or White upholstery. F Sport models have Sport Black upholstery as standard, but can be specified with Sport White. F Sport models feature aluminium dashboard inserts as standard, regardless of interior upholstery.

New LS prices



LS 460 Luxury


LS 460 F Sport


LS 600h L Premier




Night view system




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