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SET­TING THE tone for lux­ury car man­u­fac­tures in India, Lexus launched the fifth gen­er­a­tion LS500h for Rs 1.77 crore for the Lux­ury Grade while other vari­ants like the Ul­tra Lux­ury Grade and the Dis­tinct Grade will be avail­able at Rs 1. 82 crore and Rs 1.94 crore re­spec­tively. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the com­pany’s Formula One tech­nol­ogy, the LS500h is pow­ered by a 3.5L V6 petrol en­gine com­bined with two elec­tric mo­tors for a com­bined 354bhp. It is based on the ul­tra-rigid Global Ar­chi­tec­ture—Lux­ury (GA-L) plat­form, which is said to en­hance pre­ci­sion han­dling. Be­ing the only long wheel­base model in the port­fo­lio, the LS500h sports a new multi-link air sus­pen­sion sys­tem. The new LS is also equipped with the Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics In­te­grated Man­age­ment (VDIM) that in­te­grates and con­trols six dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle dy­namic move­ments. And that’s not all. The in­te­ri­ors are in­spired by origami hand pleats and Kiriko cut glass that take lux­ury to the next level. With a claimed legroom of 1,022mm, the sedan’s seat­ing at the rear also has Shi­atsu massage tech­nol­ogy, heat­ing func­tions and ot­tomans in the rear for added com­fort.

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