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Lexus beefs up LS offering

2010-01-12 08:27
Lexus' LS460 gets a makeover for the new year and the luxurious range-topper receives a number of new luxury and safety features.

A former world car of the year, the Lexus flagship LS460 already boasts an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 19-speaker Mark Levinson digital surround sound audio system.

However, latest changes to the LS sees the adoption of air suspension as standard with three damper settings to allow the driver to change the car's characteristics depending on the conditions.

Another useful feature is the Intelligent Parking Assistant that makes parking this enormous car a breeze by taking the hard work away from the driver.

Visual changes to the LS include a redesigned bumper, grille and headlights, while the view from the rear is also slightly different with the car's new bumper and taillight design. New wing mirrors include side indicators. LS also now rolls on 19-inch wheels.

Inside the cabin, changes to the dashboard are subtle, while the front seats have been altered and include active headrests.

Comfort for passengers seated in the rear is now said to be even more plush with lumbar support and massaging functions for the electric reclining seats. Entertainment for these spoilt passengers includes an integrated nine-inch LCD screen that descends from the rooflining.

The LS also gains the Hard Disk Drive Navigation system seen on the new RX SUV that allows for quicker operation and it also has touch screen functionality with voice activation and Bluetooth connectivity.

Occupant safety has also been taken up a notch with Pre-Crash that recognises possible incidents and prepares the car for imminent impact. An added benefit of having this new feature is that active cruise control is now standard on this Lexus.

Firepower for the LS460 remains unchanged and comes in the form of a 4.6-litre V8 engine developing 280 kW at 6 400 r/min and 493 Nm at 4 100 r/min. The powerplant is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

“The Lexus LS460 continues to epitomise dynamic luxury and is the pinnacle of technology in the luxury segment,” said Kevin Flynn, general manager for Lexus SA.

"The LS range will also be extended this year with the introduction of the LS600h L, adding a further Performancehybrid to our range and offering the South African business community their first opportunity to make an environmentally conscious decision in this segment.”

As with the rest of the Lexus range, the LS460 is covered by a four-year/100 000km warranty and maintenance plan. It costs R1 105 500 and is immediately available.


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