Lexus launches LS500h flagship in India at an asking price of  Rs 1.77 crore


Japanese carmaker Lexus has taken its turn to launch the LS500h in India to take on the Germans in the luxury saloon segment.

Lexus says the saloon is the original luxury disruptor and is the world’s first multi stage hybrid vehicle.

The LS500h takes the interpretation of Lexus unique L-finesse design language to an unprecedented level of elegance, states its maker.

Unique stats of the car include the use of an all new Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform, new multi-link air suspension system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) and a a 23-speaker Mark Levinson Quantum Logic Immersion (QLI) Reference Sound System, apart from 14 airbags that keep its occupants safe.

The only long wheel base model in the portfolio, the LS500h sports a 3.5L V6 petrol engine combined with a 310.8kV Lithium ion battery, delivering 15.38 km/litre. The car is BS6 compliant.

The V6 motor is connected to the multi stage hybrid system and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The new sophisticated VDIM system integrates and controls six different vehicle dynamic movements of the vehicle for utmost comfort and the adjustable suspension, Lexus says has been tuned to deliver the ride a Lexus can boast of.

The 5 metre long saloon has the now prominent spindle grille, incorporating 5032 individual grid facets.

Inside, Lexus says new levels of Takumi craftsmanship have been achieved in the LS500h, with the interior stylings inspired by origami hand pleats and Kiriko cut glass.

Working with a fabric artisan from Kyoto, Lexus designers have seemingly created a special pleat design which changes its expression when lit by daytime sunlight or the vehicle’s interior lighting.

Glass is rarely used as an interior door-trim piece, but in the LS500h, the Kiriko-cut glass gives the LS instant distinctiveness and a level of artistry never seen before in an automobile. Aesthetics extend to omotenashi concepts which have guided the comfort features in the LS500h.

Class-leading luxury of 1022mm of legroom is complemented by the comforts of Shiatsu massage technology, heating functions and ottomans in the rear for added comfort.

“For those who have arrived in life, the Lexus LS500h has now arrived in India. We are so thrilled to be adding the LS500h to our line-up here. When we think of the exacting standards of the most discerning Indian car owners, we are confident the new LS will impress and delight – through its design, its performance, and the efficiency of the world’s first multi stage hybrid system,” said N Raja, Chairman, Lexus India.

 “The LS500h delivers beyond passion in ways that are wholly uncompromising so that the daily commute is transformed to an experience of epically luxurious proportions,” said PB Venugopal, President, Lexus India.

The Lexus LS500h is available for booking, Ex-showroom at Rs 1,77,21,000 for the Luxury Grade, Rs 1,82,21,000 for the Ultra Luxury Grade and Rs 1,93,71,000 for the Distinct Grade.


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