Laps of luxury
The hybrid limo readies for another attack on Euro rivals
THE Lexus model range will be overhauled in the next two years as Toyota’s luxury division renews its attack on the Europeans.
Heading the charge will be a new GS450h, which should be in Australian showrooms in the second quarter of next year. The GS450h is powered by a V6 and a pair of electric motors for a combined 252kW, yet fuel use is a miserly 6.3L/100km.
The hybrid-powered rival to the Audi A6, BMW5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class has addressed one of the major criticisms of the old car— too small a boot.
That’s caused by the hybrid powertrain but Lexus engineers have redesigned the rear end and increased boot space by 50 per cent to 464 litres. The Audi wins the boot battle with 565L, ahead of Benz’s 540L and 520L for the Beemer.
The luxury limo also uses a climate control airconditioning system that directs the airflow only to occupied seats to save energy.
Those occupants are then treated to a nanoparticleenhanced stream of air that deodorises the cabin— and which is said to have a moisturising effect on the skin. Metrosexuals rejoice.
Lexus says its 12-inch display screen is the world’s largest and that it has improved the operation of its joystick-driven system for controlling the onboard functions.
Tick the options box and the GS450h can also become the world’s first all-wheel steering hybrid. The 450h’s smaller stablemate, the GS300, is already on sale here and has been given the X-factor for both the Sport and Sport Luxury models.
Lexus says the X package is worth $10,000 and includes a moon roof, five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, rear lip spoiler, smart key card, clearance and reversing radar and X badges.
The Sport is priced at $89,900 and the Sports Luxury is $94,900.
Cosseted: Occupants get personalised, deodorised and moisturised air