Haute Drive

The lat­est ma­chine to take the auto world by storm, the Lexus Flag­ship LS500h is an iconic hy­brid elec­tric sedan, crafted to meet the high­est ex­pec­ta­tions of com­fort, per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency

MillionaireAsia India - - Contents - By Pallavi Singh

– The Lexus LS500h is an iconic hy­brid elec­tric sedan, crafted to meet the high­est ex­pec­ta­tions of per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency

The cars we drive say a lot about us, said ac­tor Alexan­dra Paul. The car that launched a brand, the Lexus LS ar­rives in In­dia with the fifth gen­er­a­tion LS500h, which takes shape post years of care­ful crafts­man­ship, to de­liver for those with a dis­cern­ing taste and a global frame of ref­er­ence for the ex­quis­ite. Mod­elled in fash­ion that ev­ery as­pect of car, from de­sign to per­for­mance and com­fort de­liv­ers an ex­cep­tional drive ex­pe­ri­ence, the dream ma­chine of­fers peer­less re­pose. The orig­i­nal lux­ury dis­rup­tor, the Lexus LS has for nearly three decades set bench­marks for pow­er­train smooth­ness, ride quiet­ness, crafts­man­ship, at­ten­tion to de­tail, doc­u­mented de­pend­abil­ity and long-term qual­ity.

The LS500h takes the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Lexus unique L-fi­nesse de­sign lan­guage to an un­prece­dented level of el­e­gance. The bold de­sign of this ve­hi­cle means that the roomi­ness of a tra­di­tional three-box de­sign comes with all the ap­peal four-door coupe, hous­ing a six-light cabin. Peak per­for­mance be­gins with an all new ul­tra-rigid Global Ar­chi­tec­ture - Lux­ury (GA-L) plat­form, which pro­vides the frame­work for pre­ci­sion han­dling. The only long wheel base model in the port­fo­lio, the LS500h sports a new multi-link air sus­pen­sion sys­tem.

Lexus’ tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions are in­spired by bound­less imag­i­na­tion but an­chored in a hu­man-cen­tric ap­proach to func­tion­al­ity. This is re­alised in the LS500h, in­spired by the car­maker’s For­mula One tech­nol­ogy and powered a 3.5L V6 petrol en­gine com­bined with a 310.8kV Lithium ion bat­tery, de­liv­er­ing 15.38 km/litre in a BS6 com­pli­ant ve­hi­cle. The world’s first multi-stage hy­brid sys­tem of­fers ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance and greater ef­fi­ciency with per­fect amal­ga­ma­tion of the elec­tric mo­tor and a sim­u­lated 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that en­ables pre­cise shifts. The LS has ad­vanced elec­tronic con­trols to bring Ve­hi­cle Dynamics In­te­grated Man­age­ment (VDIM) an even higher level. This new so­phis­ti­cated VDIM sys­tem in­te­grates and con­trols six dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle dy­namic move­ments. Tech­no­log­i­cal ex­cel­lence has also been ex­tended to the en­ter­tain­ment fea­tures of the LS500h. Time spent in traf­fic will no longer be lamented, thanks to the en­ter­tain­ment op­tions of the ve­hi­cle, led by a 23-speaker Mark Levin­son Quan­tum Logic Im­mer­sion (QLI) Ref­er­ence Sound Sys­tem, which de­liv­ers near live per­for­mance qual­ity au­dio.

“For those who have ar­rived in life, the Lexus LS500h has now ar­rived in In­dia. We are so thrilled to be adding the LS500h to our line-up here. When we think of the ex­act­ing stan­dards of the most dis­cern­ing In­dian car own­ers, we are con­fi­dent the new LS will im­press and de­light – through its de­sign, its per­for­mance, and the ef­fi­ciency of the world’s first multi stage hy­brid sys­tem,” said N Raja, Chair­man, Lexus In­dia.

From the first im­pres­sion, a strik­ing view of the iconic spin­dle grille in­cor­po­rat­ing 5032 in­di­vid­ual grid facets, the LS500h keeps el­e­vat­ing the stan­dards of a lux­ury sedan. New lev­els of Takumi crafts­man­ship have been achieved in the LS500h – in interior stylings in­spired by origami hand pleats and Kiriko cut glass. Work­ing with a fab­ric artisan from Ky­oto, Lexus de­sign­ers cre­ated a spe­cial pleat de­sign

The Lexus LS has set bench­marks for pow­er­train smooth­ness, ride quiet­ness, crafts­man­ship, at­ten­tion to de­tail, doc­u­mented de­pend­abil­ity and long-term qual­ity

which changes its ex­pres­sion when lit by day­time sun­light or the ve­hi­cle’s interior light­ing. The quest for lux­ury lead­ing crafts­man­ship doesn’t stop with the ex­te­rior shape of the ve­hi­cle. Glass has rarely been used as an interior door­trim piece but the Kiriko-cut glass gives the LS in­stant dis­tinc­tive­ness and a level of artistry never seen be­fore in an au­to­mo­bile. Aes­thet­ics ex­tend to omote­nashi con­cepts which have guided the com­fort fea­tures in the LS500h. Classlead­ing lux­ury of 1022mm of legroom is com­ple­mented by the com­forts of Shi­atsu mas­sage tech­nol­ogy, heat­ing func­tions and ot­tomans in the rear for added com­fort. Ex­cep­tional

Class-lead­ing lux­ury of 1022mm of legroom is com­ple­mented by a Shi­atsu mas­sage tech­nol­ogy, heat­ing func­tions and ot­tomans in the rear for added com­fort

interior quiet­ness pro­vide a shield from the busy roads. The vast range of ad­just­ments of­fered by front seat of the LS gives ev­ery­one a rea­son to re­joice about a re­lax­ing drive no mat­ter how they are built. Lexus is craft­ing some of the best, most sup­port­ing seats in the in­dus­try with the un­der­stand­ing of how that sur­face which cra­dles a driver makes them feel and re­act about the drive.

“This is a car crafted for some­one who has known the plea­sures of din­ing at Michelin-starred restau­rants, hol­i­day­ing at the best re­sorts and gen­er­ally be­ing at the top of their game. The LS500h de­liv­ers be­yond pas­sion in ways that are wholly un­com­pro­mis­ing so that the daily com­mute is trans­formed to an ex­pe­ri­ence of epi­cally lux­u­ri­ous pro­por­tions,” said PB Venu­gopal, Pres­i­dent, Lexus In­dia.

Lexus be­gan its jour­ney in 1989 and has, since then, ex­panded its line-up to meet the needs of lux­ury con­sumers around the world. It is now go­ing be­yond its rep­u­ta­tion for high qual­ity ve­hi­cles with the in­te­gra­tion of in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy, emo­tional ex­te­rior and interior de­signs, as also an en­gag­ing driv­ing dynamics per­for­mance. “Cars are the sculp­tures of our ev­ery­day lives,” Chris Ban­gle, Chief of De­sign for BMW Group, has rightly said.

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