Lexus Launches New 'LS' Lineup in Japan
Lexus Launches New 'LS' Lineup in Japan
Tokyo, Oct 11, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Lexus is rolling out its new "LS" lineup by launching nationwide today(1) the partially redesigned "LS 460", "LS 460L", "LS 600h" and the "LS 600hL".
Major changes were made to the LS lineup to draw out its potential and create a bold blend of refinement and innovation. Specific changes include the adoption of next-generation Lexus designs such as the spindle grille(2), the introduction of the "F Sport" grade, and finer driving exhilaration achieved through improved body rigidity.
In addition, the vehicle's Advanced Pre-collision System with collision avoidance assist and other state-of-the-art safety equipment offers safety at the world's highest levels, as befits the evolution of the Lexus flagship.
1. Refined Next-Generation Lexus Design
The front face was completely refreshed and adopts the spindle grille. The rear also incorporates a spindle configuration, creating a presence and styling unique to Lexus flagship sedans.
In addition to the spindle grille, design elements common to next-generation Lexus vehicles were adopted, including arrowhead(3) clearance lamps that provide seamless illumination, and L-shaped tail lamps.
LED lamps are used for all exterior lighting(4) including the world's smallest(5) diameter LED fog lamps. Shapes and illumination possible only through the use of LEDs create an attractive appearance while contributing to improved fuel efficiency through lower energy consumption.
F Sport-exclusive White Nova Glass Flake has been added to the body color lineup for a total of 11 available exterior colors, including the new Sonic Silver and Fire Agate Mica Metallic.
The instrument panel was completely redesigned to emphasize a horizontally-layered theme while maintaining the quality and modern taste of the earlier LS. In addition, driving control placement was revised to greatly improve functionality.
The area around the driver's seat is divided into a display zone and an operations zone, with a 12.3-inch LCD multi-display screen and the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) installed for substantially improved operability.
A wood grain steering wheel with a unique design created by layering thin materials with exquisite craftsmanship was adopted along with a new, finely-detailed aluminum analog clock (with GPS-based time correction) and other elements that make use of the distinctive materials to create a refined interior.
2. Exhilarating, Yet Mature Driving Performance
LS cruising performance was enhanced through the use of new technologies, improved components and exhaustive test driving to achieve high quality, sophisticated cruising and a higher level of driving pleasure.
Body rigidity was increased through the introduction of new production technologies including laser screw welding and structural adhesives. In addition, operability and cruising stability were improved through improved Variable-Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS).
Air suspension control was greatly improved by integrating operation of all four wheels, resulting in improved ride comfort as the damping of bounce, pitch and roll are all increased in response to driving operation, vehicle body behavior and road surface to enhance maneuverability and cruising stability.
The F Sport grade, with exclusive interior and exterior design and styling, was newly added to the LS lineup. The F Sport features a specially tuned transmission and suspension, Brembo high-performance brakes, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels and other equipment offering a driving feel unique to Lexus "F" vehicles.
The LS 600h F Sport is equipped with active stabilizer system, while the LS 460 F Sport features Torsen(R) limited-slip differential (LSD)6, providing outstanding handling unique to the F Sport.
Five selectable drive modes tailored to the driver's preferences and driving situations enhance driving responsiveness.
3. State-of-the-Art Safety Technology
A new Advanced Pre-collision System with collision avoidance assist was adopted to further enhance safety. The system uses millimeter-wave radar in conjunction with stereo cameras to support collision avoidance by automatically applying the brakes when the vehicle is at risk of colliding with an object or an object is at risk of colliding with the vehicle. The system is able to detect stationary objects in its path as well as vehicles or obstacles traveling at relative speeds of 40 km/h or less7. In addition, a near-infrared ray emitter makes it possible to detect pedestrians even at night.
The newly developed Adaptive High-beam System (AHS) uses a camera to detect preceding and on-coming vehicles and selectively blocks sections of the high beams that could interfere with other drivers' vision, thereby ensuring high forward nighttime visibility for the driver without blinding the drivers of other cars.
The LS's Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) system uses millimeter-wave radar to detect vehicles traveling alongside and notifies the LS driver when a vehicle is in his or her blind spot, supporting safe driving when changing lanes or turning.
4. Numerous Comfort-enhancing Amenities
As comfort and quiet operation are the very essence of and in the DNA of the LS series, numerous comfort-enhancing features were adopted to achieve supreme cabin comfort.
A new Advanced Illumination System controls vehicle lights according to the situation - such as when entering or exiting the vehicle, or when starting or stopping the engine - providing total coordination of light-operation timing and brightness.
The Lexus Climate Concierge, a first-of-its-kind technology(5), employs up to 13 sensors to detect the body temperature of each occupant and provide precise and integrated control of the automatic air conditioning, air-conditioned seats, and steering wheel heater to ensure individual comfort.
Quiet operation has been enhanced through the use of noise-reducing aluminum wheels which feature sound-insulating and other enhanced materials as well as the incorporation of hollowed cavities in the wheels for lower sound pressure levels during driving.
A Mark Levinson(8) Reference Surround Sound System provides equal sound quality and feel to all vehicle occupants, in addition to a Blu-ray rear seat entertainment system for superb audio and visual function.
5. L-Select Interior Customization
New, advanced L-Select customization provides a whole new way for consumers to view the LS.
The L-Select customization program presents a variety of interior customization options that allow the combination and coordination of interior materials and colors for the seats, instrument panel, ceiling and carpet(9). Six new themes, including Passionate Spirit and Japanese Modern, allow even more variety and customization according to each owner's sensibilities and lifestyle.
Monthly sales target for Japan: 300 units.
For Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices, please see http://www2.toyota.co.jp/en/news/feature/20121011.pdf.
(1) Vehicles equipped with leather instrument panels and L-Select customized vehicles to be launched on November 19. (2) Designs that actively make use of forms and that improve the performance of the radiator grille, brake duct, aerodynamics and vehicle elements. (3) An original Lexus vehicle e to the left and right wheels according to the road surface conditions. Torsen is a trademark of JTEKT Corporation. design combining sharp outer corners with artistic curving lines on their inner edges (4) Excluding rear fog lamps (halogen) used with cold-climate region specifications. (5) As of the end of September 2012, according to TMC (6) A differential gear that applies optimal drive forc (7) When the relative speed exceeds 40 km/h, damage is reduced by reducing the collision speed. (8) Mark Levinson is a trademark of Harmon International Industries, Inc. (9) Excluding the LS 600h version C, LS 600h with standard specifications, LS 460 version C, and LS 460 with standard specifications.
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