More kit, same money for hybrid flagship
22 March 2010

The Lexus LS600h has been facelifted.

Changes range from LED sidelights to a new uprated Brembo braking system and automatic headlight main beam operation.

See the Lexus LS600h pictures

New in-car technology includes a 40GB hard-disc drive.

The LS model also gains new LCD dashboard instrumentation and is fitted with the ‘Rear Seat Upgrade package’ as standard. This includes four-zone climate control and electrically adjustable rear seats.

The only option for the LS600h range is the 'Rear Seat Relaxation package', which offers reclining seats, an electrically adjustable foot and thigh rest, an adjustable massage function and seat cushion airbags.

The option package also features a more sophisticated climate control system that monitors the passengers’ body temperature, a fixed centre console with built-in cool box, DVD and CD store and a retracting and adjustable wood inlaid tray.

Prices start at £87,440 for the LS600h - the same as on the current LS600h

John O'Brien

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22 March 2010

Good thing its not a Ford, or it would be less kit for more money.

22 March 2010

[quote artill]

Good thing its not a Ford, or it would be less kit for more money.

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haha!

Have to say, I've always liked the look of this particular Lexus. The previous LS was a knock-off S-Class, the GS a knock-off E-Class, and so on and so forth, but this one was adventurous enough to have the 'new BMW rear' design even before BMW did.

The petrol-powered variants make a fine used purchase (end of lease cars are on Auto Trader now for around £25K), though strangely the 460 is no longer on sale. The only variant you can buy is this hybrid with its farcical price - £90K for a Toyota? On your bike.

Incidentally, when and where did the petrol LS models all go? And why is the only oil-burner an IS when an emphatic majority of buyers in the sectors Lexus occupy want diesel? Why can't you specify your luxurious Lexus IS diesel with an automatic gearbox - technology that has been available for at least 50 years?

Toyota need only glance at their misfit line-up to understand why so few people are buying.

22 March 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]Incidentally, when and where did the petrol LS models all go? And why is the only oil-burner an IS when an emphatic majority of buyers in the sectors Lexus occupy want diesel? Why can't you specify your luxurious Lexus IS diesel with an automatic gearbox - technology that has been available for at least 50 years?[/quote]

I thought Lexus had annonced that they are to be Hybrid only in the UK. And the only exception now is the IS, but it will be replaced by a Hybrid only vehicle.

22 March 2010

It's a shame that during this update, they don't seem to have added the Lane Keep Assist function from the LS460. In my opinion, that feature was the greatest stress reducer on the Lexus LS series for long journeys.

22 March 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]why is the only oil-burner an IS when an emphatic majority of buyers in the sectors Lexus occupy want diesel? Why can't you specify your luxurious Lexus IS diesel with an automatic gearbox - technology that has been available for at least 50 years?[/quote]

I spent 3 months as a Lexus salesman before I could no longer put up with turning away every other customer because they don't offer what the majority of UK customers want, I sold almost exclusively IS250 autos to pensioners!

The fact is the Lexus range is designed for an American market and because this market is so big for them (they were the best selling premium brand in the US when I worked for them) it isn't worthwhile them developing products that are appealing to Euro-only customers. The exception to this is the IS220d but this is neither economical or efficient enough to compete effectively and being manual only is a huge disadvantage.

I think going hybrid only is a shrewd and sensible move.

23 March 2010

[quote veedubya]

I think going hybrid only is a shrewd and sensible move.[/quote]

If you have no diesel products then an alternative powertrain seems like an obvious move. However, diesels are either cheaper (e.g. S350 CDI = £57K, S350 = £59K) or broadly the same money, but in this case the hybrid is getting on for twice the cost of the erstwhile petrol. And while it offers better economy it has the same punishing depreciation and seriously, who buys this kind of car for its green credentials?

Few people bought an LS. Now hardly anyone will.

4 April 2014
This is the problem. It would have to have Citroen's rather lazier steering, and Citroen's hydraulic suspension, otherwise there'd be nothing to differentiate it.

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