Lexus at Paris Motor Show
The LS 600h owes its name to the fact that its V8 5.0-litre petrol engine coupled with a hybrid powertrain comfortably matches the performance of normally-aspirated V12 engines. The blue ‘h’ signature identifies all Lexus models featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive. Building on the strengths of the LS 460 and its innovations in preventive safety, engine refinement and
manufacturing quality, the ‘L’ of the LS 600h L indicates the long-wheelbase version.
This is 12 cm longer than the standard car, providing passengers with a unique first-class travel experience. The L model offers additional innovations such as reclining rear seats with massage functions, and body temperature controlled air-conditioning, all complementing a
multitude of features that make life on board more convenient. The LS 600h and LS 600h L are also the world’s first vehicles to be equipped with LED headlights for night-time and lowbeam use.
Lexus Hybrid Drive
Lexus will reveal its latest hybrid advances, as showcased in the LS 600h; its Lexus Hybrid Drive has a power output of 450 DIN hp/330 kW with a segment-beating fuel consumption of just 9.5 l/100 km (combined cycle) and a CO2 emission level below 220 g/km. To handle the increased power and provide linear acceleration, the new allwheel drive system works in tandem with a newly-developed dual-stage electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).
The LS 600h is flanked by its hybrid siblings, the GS 450h and the RX 400h, which both have been acknowledged for having set new standards in environmentally-conscious performance in the premium segment.
The RX 400h revolutionized the premium SUV segment by offering a unique combination of high performance (200 kW/272 DIN hp), frugal fuel consumption (8.1 l/100 km - in the combined cycle) and ultra-low CO2 emissions (with 192 g/km, some 30% less than its direct competitors).
The GS 450h was the world’s first performance saloon with Lexus Hybrid Drive. Its combination of front engine/rear wheel drive rewards drivers with real sports driving dynamics. The vehicle’s 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine was the first in the segment with dual fuel injection (port and direct injection) for increased engine efficiency and performance. As a result, the GS 450h returns 7.9 l/100km in the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of just 186 g/km – lower than any competitor in the segment.
More news will be revealed when Lexus holds its official press conference at the Mondial de l’Automobile on Thursday, September 28th, at 17:00 in Hall 4.