Lexus’ LS 500h: A powerful and impressive luxury car

The Xus LS, the luxury car (not a luxury, one click up), gets a “mid-life” facelift, and reminds us how Japanese luxury feels in front of European luxury: warmer, more enveloping, more touch in the full sense of the word, parts of the vehicle made And hand-carved. To explain the eye, the ear and the thought, the Lexus LS 500h is a direct competitor to the Mercedes S CLASS, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8. Other.

The updated LS 500 is offered with a hybrid propulsion system, hence the letter h in the model name. The hybrid system, Multi-stage Hybrid, combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an electric motor, with a total power of 359 hp of the two, an automatic transmission with 10 transmission ratios and rear-wheel drive. If you are interested in how long it takes for this nice ship , Weighing more than 2.2 tons, to accelerate from place to 100 km / h? Like the sports car you’ve always wanted – just over 5 seconds.

But that’s really not her vocation. The Lexus LS is a luxury car with a classic tone, and after the facelift it is even more sleek, more one-of-a-kind, especially when it is evident that modernity and the psychic and cool introduction to feel and appearance have not yet taken over, and there is a lot of charm in it. The most important thing it went through in the update, after a little over three years from launch, is improved ride comfort (improved tire performance, adaptive suspension, AVS, chassis and even seat construction), improved and added safety systems, and refinement of the propulsion unit performance (improved hybrid battery control and Emphasis on good fuel consumption).

Lexus International President Koji Sato concluded by saying: “In the redevelopment of the LS, we have aimed for further development of the exceptional quiet and comfort that has been a constant feature of the LS since its first generation.”

Lexus LS500h (Photo: PR)

The first thing that makes any sane person open his mouth and be deeply impressed, apart from the huge dimensions of the vehicle, is revealed with the opening of the doors: the cab and passengers are very impressive. The first thing I wanted was to capture this Japanese perfection in the mobile camera. And even with this very mediocre camera, the interior of the vehicle looks like a work of thought, and it really is. Use of real decorative art and Japanese aesthetics, when large parts and the decorations and finishes were made by hand. You can not miss the investment and the emphasis on the details.

The quality of the seats has improved in the Lexus LS, and has undergone changes that include new seat upholstery, an extra and softer layer addition on top of the cushion upholstery and deeper seams. Instead of a president or prime minister, it was my 6.5-year-old who got to sit like a king, sorry prince, in the back seat, adjust a reclining position, a-la-first-class at El Al, gentle air conditioning and music to his personal taste. All of these are configurable and directional in a central iPad embedded between the two rear seats. Through it it is possible to open sun awnings, three in number, the windows of everyone, to control the air conditioning and lighting and also to drive the mother crazy in transmitting radio stations or songs without her noticing.

The great power and tradition integrate new technologies such as Lexus’ new generation multimedia system, with improved functionality, but its intuition is still insufficient. A small example is my prolonged attempt to set the direction of airflow to the legs. Wandering too long in the system, pressing external switches and other creative searches brought up pottery. The air conditioning is perfect, there is ventilation in the seats, ventilation to the rear, ventilation and cooling and air conditioning from all and sundry, only for the legs I could not adjust it.

The multimedia system includes a new 12.3-inch touch screen, which after the facelift has been moved and is now at the top of the dashboard, so it is closer and directed towards the driver in the best possible way. Among the textures and traditions and Japanese touches also need functionality in 2021, so now the driver can connect their smartphone in full connectivity, via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and get access to mobile apps like Wise, Messaging, Music, and more for the main entertainment screen.

The ride in the LS 500h is impressive in its comfort, its hidden power and the fuel consumption of this impressive Japanese ship. In a combined ride, with several deep presses on the accelerator pedal, a surprising figure of 11 kilometers per liter was recorded. For a car weighing 2 tons plus and a V6 engine, yes? On a slower ride the data may still be better for a large luxury car like this, with an “old-fashioned” engine and performance. Save more on consumption.

Returning with your permission to the “hidden power” of the LS, from my ride in the car, it can reach a very impressive performance – it can accelerate “loudly” from the place (and hear Gregory engine effort), you can butterfly with it, but that is not his destiny. The “living room” behind the driver, where passengers electrically lift the backrest to the legs and stretch their hands back with pleasure, the luxurious seats of the driver and passenger next to him, with ventilation or heating through the slots, from head to toe, luxury, splendor, insane upholstery and stitching, materials, finishes , Quality of workmanship and assembly – it is impossible to treat this vehicle like another V6 vehicle.

The owners of the Lexus LS should be people who are satisfied with “ordinary” powerful cars, ordinary executive cars. People who have seen everything and are looking for uniqueness. That it’s restrained, that you do not think that for a moment someone will miss you, wherever you are. All eyes will be on the mesmerizing front, with the disposable grille of the Lexus LS – large, stylish, exaggerated and beautiful. The paddle.

LS 500h is offered in Israel in a high and luxurious finish, which includes adaptive air suspensions with the option to adjust the height of the vehicle for easy exit, nappa semi aniline leather seats ventilated and heated front and rear, suede leather finishes, massage option for front and rear seats, electrically adjustable rear seats including memories, lighting units Triple LED, steering wheel in wood cladding, audio system from MARK LEVINSON with 23 speakers, 8-inch digital dashboard and advanced safety systems, including: adaptive cruise control, cross-traffic warning in front, dead space warning, deviation warning system and lane keeping , Signage reading, 360-degree panoramic camera while parking, including assistance with braking when detecting pedestrians, peripheral parking sensors, including autonomous braking when parking maneuvers and when detecting pedestrians, warning of cross-traffic behind including braking and 12 airbags.

Bottom line: Introduction has not, yet, managed to take over Lexus’ flagship. Visually, the slightly outdated dashboard, the nostalgic look of the center console, which includes the control pad from time to time, the handles for controlling driving conditions embedded on the sides of the dashboard. And maybe it’s so good, because such a propulsion system is a step away from disappearing from the world, and driving sensations like these will soon be replaced by cars with an alien look and driving systems that seek to replace us, and put us behind. Sounds dramatic? For the sake of the automotive world he has proven he is going. The cars of the future we once saw, not long ago, and said to ourselves, “No way,” are already here, sold as a usher. .

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