LEXUS has confirmed that its new LS 500h flagship hybrid saloon will cost from £72,595 ahead of its arrival on UK roads early next year.
Set to rival the likes of the BMW 7 Series or Mercedes S-Class, the fifth-generation Japanese saloon is available exclusively as a petrol-electric hybrid.
Depending on specification, the LS 500h is available with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.
Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 engine that has been combined with an electric motor for a combined output of 354bhp and a theoretical 650Nm of torque.
This enables the LS 500h to complete the sprint from 0-60mph in as little as 5.2 seconds in rear-wheel-drive guise, and carry on to a top speed of 155mph.
There are four trim levels available: LS 500h, Luxury, F Sport and Premier.
Standard equipment on entry-level models include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with automatic high beam, and a 12.3-inch infotainment display that incorporates Lexus Premium Navigation.
There’s also a 12-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control and a 360-degree camera with pedestrian alert.
Luxury-specification models cost from £79,995 and add features such as four-zone climate control, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, as well as heated and ventilated front and rear seats upholstered in semi-aniline leather. Luxury models are available with all-wheel drive, which increases the price to £82,595.
Cars in F Sport trim benefit from a more performance-orientated aesthetic, which includes features such as a special alloy wheel design, lower-profile tyres and black detailing on the bumpers, side sills and boot lid.
It also benefits from Dynamic Rear Steering, while its Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management has been extended to include control of the car’s Variable Gear Ratio Steering system.
Prices start at £79,995.
Lexus says that top-of-the-line Premier models deliver the “fullest expression of Omotenashi, the Japanese tradition of hospitality”. Back-seat passengers benefit from a dedicated entertainment system, massaging seats, and an extending ottoman leg rest. Prices start at £97,995, and move up to £105,595 for all-wheel-drive variants.
There’s also a strong level of standard safety equipment on all LS 500h models, thanks to the Lexus Safety System+. This includes features such as dynamic cruise control, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition.
Premier models add the Lexus Safety System+ A, which includes more advanced accident prevention and automated driving functions.
Order books are open now, with customer deliveries expected to begin early next year.