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The carmaker will launch its range-topping model – the LS sedan – in India next month. The hybrid LS 500h version is the car that will be sold in our country. The latest model was shown at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show and features a more dynamic design than Lexus models of the past. The car will compete with the likes of the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The LS500h is over 5.2-metre long and has a wheelbase of 3.1 metre.
The cabin will be finished in the highest quality materials. Front seat occupants get 28-way adjustable electric seats with heating, cooling and massage functions, but the rear seats will, naturally, be the one you’d rather be seated in – the company will go all out to maximize rear seat luxury. The LS for India will feature a higher-spec rear seat package as standard – including individually adjustable seats with a 48-degree recline for the backrests.
The company will launch the hybrid version of the car here; powered by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors that make a combined 354hp. Since the carmaker is planning to import the car here, it might be priced higher than its rivals from BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. Prices may start from upwards of ₹1.5 crore (estimated, ex-showroom) and Lexus has started accepting bookings for its luxury sedan.