Lexus announces prices and specs for upcoming LS

With just months until the official release, Lexus has announced how much its flagship LS 500H will set you back.

Buyers of the saloon will have to shell out £72,595 to get their hands on one, or almost £100,000 for the Premier AWD (all-wheel-drive) model.

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But despite the hefty price tag, the LS does come equipped with a 3.5-litre V6 pushing you from 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds (5.5s for the AWD models) and a top speed of 155mph.

Plus it does look the part, with 20-inch alloy wheels, ultra-slim triple-LED headlights and curves wherever you look.

Inside the cabin, the features are also rather extensive – providing you opt for the top-line model. A 12.3-inch screen gives access to the entertainment system, sat nav and 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor with pedestrian alert. Dual-zone climate control also comes as standard, but four-zone climate control, with Climate Concierge, bespoke 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround system and heated front and rear seats awaits those who go for the Luxury model (£79,995).

Those with a little more cash to splash can go for the Premier AWD model, which Lexus says delivers the "fullest expression of Omotenashi" - the Japanese tradition of hospitality. Rear passengers will be able to experience the Shiatsu massage functions and rear-seat entertainment system, Rear seats are also equipped with 22-way adjustment and an extending ottoman leg rest.

An F Sport model is also available, with low profile tyres, spindle, visible black brake and jet black plating details for the side sills, front bumper and boot lid.

All versions of the new LS 500h are equipped with Lexus Safety System+ active safety and driver assistance systems, including pre-collision safety, dynamic cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and an adaptive high-beam system (automatic high beam for the entry-level model).

Orders for the new LS can be placed now, with first deliveries to customers early in the new year.

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