Lexus LS 500h

Lap of Lexus

18 June 2018

LEXUS is gearing-up for the impending arrival of its dramatic-looking new flagship saloon range, with prices of up to £98,000.

Once regarded as the most understated of all alternatives to a classically-elegant Rolls-Royce, the latest incarnation is a visual explosion.

Lexus has taken its trademark grille design to the absolute limit for the latest LS 500h, which becomes instantly recognisable from a mile distant.

Previously regarded as the ultimate Q-car by combining absolute luxury with understated design, the new range achieves the exact opposite in terms of its dramatic eye-catching road presence.

The fifth generation of the flagship saloon comes only with petrol-electric hybrid propulsion and is offered in four equipment grades of LS 500h, LS 500h Luxury, LS 500h F Sport and LS 500h Premier. All-wheel drive is available for the Luxury and Premier models, and prices start at £72,595.

The entry-level LS 500h comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, ultra-slim triple-LED headlights with automatic high beam, Lexus Premium Navigation with a 12.3-inch display and 12-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control and a 360-degree panoramic view monitor with pedestrian alert. The front seats have 20-way power adjustment, leather upholstery and integrated heating and ventilation.

The Luxury model gains four-zone climate control, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround audio system and integrated heating and ventilation for both front and rear seats. Fine semi-aniline leather upholstery and 28-way front seat adjustment are also included in the specification.

The LS 500h F Sport amplifies the new model’s dynamic capabilities, both in its sportier styling and vehicle control systems. On the outside it is distinguished by sports alloy wheels shod with lower-profile tyres, spindle grille, visible black brake callipers and jet black details for the side sills, front bumper and boot lid. In the cabin the three-spoke steering wheel and shift selector have a perforated leather finish and there is an F Sport combi meter with a moving ring design that uses display technology first developed for Lexus’s LFA supercar.

The LS 500h Premier boasts massage functions for the rear seat plus a rear-seat entertainment system, 22-way adjustment and an extending ottoman leg rest. This models also gets the Lexus Safety System+ A, which is Lexus’s most sophisticated package yet of active safety and driver assistance systems.

Prices for the Luxury AWD start at £82,595, whilst the Premier AWD tops the range at £97,995.