liter V8 hybrid
(from Lexus Press
Release) Lexus Debuts Revised LS 600h L Hybrid With New
Telematics Systems for 2010
• New Exterior
Styling for Flagship Hybrid Sedan Includes Revised Front Fascia,
Bumpers and Taillights
• Reconfigured Battery Pack Yields Increased Trunk Capacity
• New Telematics, USB Connectivity and Updated Navigation Add
The Lexus LS 600h L
sedan, the first vehicle to bring fuel-efficient gasoline-electric
hybrid technology to the prestige luxury segment, debuts revised
styling and new telematics systems for 2010.
The brand’s flagship model, the LS 600h L – the “L” signifying the
long-wheelbase LS platform -- provides the highest level of
performance, technology and luxury in the LS line. The LS 600h L is
powered by the ultra-quiet Lexus Hybrid Drive system, which was the
world's first to combine a V8 gasoline engine with an
all-wheel-drive (AWD) hybrid drivetrain. The LS 600h L’s combined
estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg is equal to or better
than the combined fuel economy ratings of some mid-sized V6 AWD
The 2010 LS 600h L is distinguished by a revised front grille and
bumper. Rear styling is enhanced with distinctive blue-tinted
taillights and a revised license plate surround and exhaust
diffusers. New side mirrors integrate turn signals.
Thanks to improved hybrid battery packaging and placement, the trunk
capacity for the 2010 LS 600h L grows by nearly two cubic feet. New
Intelligent High Beams adjust their brightness in response to
Already lauded for its comprehensive luxury, the 2010 LS 600h L
gains numerous additional luxury amenities and user technology
features including a driver’s seat that now features a standard
slide-away feature that makes ingress/egress more comfortable; a new
LCD instrument cluster; the standard Lexus Navigation system employs
new casual language recognition; Bluetooth® phonebook capability and
new music playing capability with USB/iPod® connectivity and
Bluetooth audio streaming.
Two all-new telematics products, Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™,
are available with a complimentary one-year trial subscription.
The LS 600h L hybrid
powertrain system uniquely combines a 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine
with two powerful electric motors and a large-capacity battery pack.
The hybrid powertrain generates a peak combined output rating of 438
horsepower and can effortlessly accelerate the LS 600h L from
zero-to-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. Mid-range acceleration is even
more impressive. The system's electric motor is capable of
delivering maximum torque on demand and is most beneficial during
passing maneuvers. The LS 600h L can accelerate from 50-70 mph in
just 3.5 seconds.
The innovative V8 features an electric motor-driven Variable Valve
Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and Electrically controlled intake
cam (VVT-iE). The combination of VVT-iE and oil pressure-controlled
VVT-i for the exhaust cam provides superior engine-startup operation
and high-output performance. A specially developed Hydrocarbon
Absorber and Catalyst System is linked to the two-way exhaust to
help prevent hydrocarbons contained in the exhaust from being
released into the atmosphere during cold start up when the catalysts
are not up to temperature.
The LS 600h L meets the Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (SULEV
II) certification, emitting nearly 70-percent fewer smog-forming
emissions than the average new car.
The super-low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels in the LS
600h L make it one of the quietest automobiles ever built. The LS
600h L is a full hybrid, capable of operating in electric-only mode
or with a combination of the gas engine and electric motor. Lexus
hybrid technology allows electric-mode-only operation when certain
conditions are met at low speeds or stop-and-go driving conditions,
reducing fuel consumption and noise.
A compact 288-volt DC Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack is
installed behind the rear seat. The battery's power is directed
through a boost converter that efficiently raises voltage to a
maximum 650V DC. An inverter changes this to AC, providing its
elevated power to a 165-kW electric motor that turns at up to 10,240
rpm. The trunk also contains a 12-volt auxiliary battery that powers
the audio, navigation, and other systems.
The LS 600h L powertrain uses two motor generators: MG1 and MG2.
Each performs specific functions and can operate as either a motor
or a generator, although MG1 is used as a starter motor and provides
no motive force. The engine-driven generator, MG1, can charge the
battery pack or provide additional power to the drive motor, MG2, as
A regenerative-braking system further boosts efficiency. When the
vehicle is coasting or the brakes are applied, the electric motors
function as generators, capturing kinetic energy that would normally
be lost as heat through the brakes and transforming it into useable
electricity to recharge the batteries.
A state-of-the-art, full-time all-wheel drive system adapts to road
surface conditions to help provide excellent vehicle control during
acceleration, high-speed driving and cornering. The AWD system
employs a compact, ultra-quiet transfer case equipped with a TORSEN®
limited-slip differential (LSD) that is 30 percent lighter in size
and weight than previous TORSEN systems.
The LSD provides rear biased torque distribution of 40:60 during
normal straight-line driving, automatically and continually
adjusting power distribution according to changing speed and road
An eight-speed sequential braking mode, activated when the shift
lever is in the “S” position, allows eight different stages of
response. When up-shifting, engine speed is controlled by the
selected range, offering an exhilarating boost in acceleration
during each of the eight “shift” stages. When downshifting,
brake-force increases to provide powerful deceleration.
The driver can select "hybrid" (normal), "power," or "snow" modes to
change the rate of throttle opening for a given throttle-pedal
angle. The "hybrid" mode provides the smoothest operation and is
ideal for city or suburban driving; "power" sharpens accelerator
pedal response and "snow" mode softens accelerator pedal response,
making it easier to accelerate on slippery road surfaces. By pushing
an EV switch, power reverts to full electric mode for
short-distance, low-speed driving situations such as residential
areas or parking garages.
Multi-link front and
rear air-suspension systems help maintain superb vehicle posture and
driving performance while maintaining the ultra-comfortable ride
that is synonymous with all Lexus vehicles.
The LS 600h L is equipped with large front- and rear-ventilated disc
brakes and standard 19-inch, seven-spoke aluminum alloy wheels with
all-season tires. These special wheels receive extensive buffing.
Electronic Power Steering (EPS) delivers a smooth steering feel and
reduces parasitic losses. Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)
optimizes the steering gear ratio according to vehicle speed,
enhancing responsiveness and driver control. Networked with
the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, VGRS can
make minor adjustments to the front-wheel angle to help provide
improved stability in challenging road conditions.
The VDIM stability
system incorporates and manages all of the car’s dynamic handling
sub-systems, including: Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB)
system, EPS, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Antilock Braking
System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and engine
torque via the electronically controlled throttle. Monitoring a
variety of sensors, the system anticipates the onset of a vehicle
skid or slide while cornering, and helps correct the situation with
a combination of braking, throttle and steering control in a way
that is essentially transparent to the driver. VSC can be turned off
for particular circumstances via the Trac Off button.
In addition to the active safety features, the LS 600h L is
standard-equipped with eight airbags, with a maximum of 11 airbags
available through option packages. The world’s first low-beam LED
headlamps provide superior road illumination, and the standard
Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) helps to illuminate a turn or
curve as the driver steers into it.
The available Advanced Pre-Collision System (APCS) was the world's
first system designed to help detect pedestrians in the vehicle's
path when it debuted on the 2009 Pebble Beach® Edition LS 600h L.
This system is now available for the 2010 LS 600h L (and the LS 460
models) with Lane Keep Assist. Using two small cameras mounted at
the front of the car that work in conjunction with millimeter-wave
radar, APCS is sensitive enough to detect certain nonmetallic
As part of APCS, the LS also offers the Driver Monitor System, which
was another world first. A third camera, mounted on the steering
column, monitors the orientation of the driver's face.
If the camera detects that it appears the driver is not looking
directly ahead for a few seconds or more, and if an obstacle is
detected ahead, then it alerts the driver, first with a warning
chime and a flashing light. As the car gets closer to the obstacle,
APCS can begin to gently apply the brakes on its own.
To help assist the driver in maneuvering around the obstacle, the
system reprograms the steering ratio, amplifying the intensity and
quickness of the steering response. At the same time, APCS
automatically retracts the front seatbelts and prepares the brake
system to respond with full force when activated by the driver in
anticipation of a possible impact.
The LS 600h L is based
on the long-wheelbase LS chassis, providing nearly five inches more
legroom than the standard LS 460 model. This flagship sedan provides
the highest level of comfort and convenience features in the LS
series. Standard features include a hard disk drive (HDD) Lexus
Navigation system with a backup camera, Bluetooth technology, Voice
Command casual language voice-recognition system, plus an integrated
XM® Satellite Radio receiver.
For theater-level entertainment, the LS 600h L features a standard
19-speaker 450-watt Mark Levinson® Reference Surround Sound audio
system. An auxiliary jack located in the front center console allows
for MP3 digital music players while a USB port allows for iPod
Additional standard features include climate-controlled front seats,
heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade,
one-touch open/close power trunk, power door closers, headlamp
washers, SmartAccess with push-button start and card key, electronic
parking brake, Intuitive Park Assist, and laminated side glass.
New standard features for 2010 include the Cold Weather Package,
which includes a windshield de-icer, upgraded battery and more
efficient heater, and the Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS).
APGS is designed to assist with parallel and back-in parking. Once
the driver has correctly positioned the car and identified the
desired parking spot via the navigation screen, APGS utilizes the
rear back-up camera parking sonar sensors and electric power
steering system to guide the car into the space, while the driver
controls speed via braking.
The Premium Package II
includes two new additions for 2010, butterfly rear headrests and
left rear seat with lumbar massage. The package also features rear
climate controlled power seats with memory and power headrests, rear
seat-mounted side airbags, a rear heater control panel, four-zone
climate control, rear audio controls, additional wood trim, rear air
purifier, rear headliner and side air ducts, power rear-door
sunshades, and a rear seat entertainment system equipped with a
power ceiling-mounted nine-inch screen for DVD viewing.
The Executive Class Seating Package II includes all features in the
Premium Package II and adds a power right rear seat with ottoman.
The seat reclines up to 45 degrees with an upper-back recliner
featuring a 17-degree angle adjustment. A multi-function massage
feature for the right-rear seat recliner can be used separately or
in conjunction with the seat heater and cooler.
The package also includes a rear-seat wood-trimmed table, and the
rear-seat entertainment system features a rear DVD player and
wireless headphones. The rear climate control is upgraded with an
infrared sensor located in the headliner that measures lap, upper
body and seat surface temperatures on each side and adjusts airflow
The LS 600h L flagship
hybrid luxury sedan showcases the brand’s L-finesse design
philosophy, revealing a family resemblance that conveys elegance,
refinement and a strong emotional appeal. Minimal body gaps, a low
front grille and deep-drawn fenders all contribute to the car's
distinctive, muscular profile. Lexus’ attention to detail is seen in
the integrated dual chrome exhaust tips and the one-piece chrome
Projector-type headlamps with blue crystal rings, which introduced
the world's first nighttime LED low beams, provide excellent
visibility and contribute to the design theme. Blue accents on the
headlamps, badging, engine cover and the SmartAccess key fobs and
Smart Card key are unique to the LS 600h L – as are the blue-tinted
taillamps added for 2010.
Passenger space and
comfort were the primary focus of the interior cabin design. Genuine
semi-aniline leather is featured throughout the cabin, its rich
appearance softened and structured with additional stitching to
create a relaxed atmosphere. The leather trim extends beyond the
seats and onto the instrument panel, upper front doors and door
An Alcantara® headliner adds a pleasing touch point, and the center
console is placed at the same height as the door armrests to enhance
comfort and convenience. Additional luxury touches unique to the LS
600h L include a wood-trimmed and chrome-plated shift knob and
wood-trimmed assist grips.
Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™
The Lexus LS 600h L offers an all-new telematics system, Lexus
Enform™ with Safety Connect™, available by subscription.
Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are included on all
purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Both
the Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response center operate 24
hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.
Safety Connect, the cornerstone of the services, is standard on LS
600h L and offers four safety and security features: Automatic
Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency
Assistance Button (SOS), and Enhanced Roadside Assistance, which
adds GPS data to the already included warranty-based Lexus roadside
Lexus Enform includes all of the Safety Connect features and builds
upon them with the premium services of Destination Assist and
eDestination. Destination Assist agents are available via the
on-board cellular equipment and can help drivers find a specific
address, a business by name, or a type of business (e.g., gas
station, movie theater, etc.), and even Zagat®-rated restaurants,
and then send the coordinates to the navigation system for routing.
With eDestination, drivers can go online via LexusDrivers.com to
save and sort destinations in up to 20 folders, each holding as many
as 10 destinations. Then drivers can send the locations—up to 200 at
a time—to their vehicle, where they will be available for download
into the navigation system. Online, drivers can create personalized
location names (e.g., “Favorite sushi,” “1 PM Appt,” “Kids’ doc,”
etc.) and even list notes about their saved locations, all helping
them see exactly the information they choose in the vehicle.
Lexus Insider™, a complimentary, opt-in service is also available
without a subscription on all Lexus Enform-equipped vehicles. This
feature offers in-vehicle audio casts that provide owners access to
useful vehicle tips and event information, and insights into
exclusive owners' benefits – all designed to further enhance the
XM – Beyond Radio
Lexus Enform vehicles
are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative XM
services. An Integrated XM® satellite radio receiver is standard.
Additionally, Lexus Enform vehicles feature XM NavTraffic® and XM
NavWeather™ services. XM NavTraffic informs the driver of current
traffic conditions with real-time traffic displays. When traffic
problems are detected the navigation system alerts the driver so
that the route can be adjusted. XM NavWeather provides near
real-time weather conditions as well as spoken and nav-screen
forecasts, both based on official National Weather Service data.
Lexus Enform also provides the platform for XM® Sports and Stocks,
which features in-vehicle updates on sports and stocks so drivers
can stay connected to their favorite teams and investment data while
on the road. XM Sports provides game results and schedules for up to
five personally selected national league sports teams while XM
Stocks supplies data for up to 10 personally selected stocks. After
inputting their selections, drivers can access the reports either by
the navigation system, or by using the voice command system, adding
a new level of flexibility.
XM services require separate XM subscriptions. The XM Sports and
Stocks service is included with an XM® radio subscription. All XM
services offer complimentary 90-day trial subscriptions.
All new Lexus vehicles
come with a 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with
roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles. Powertrain and
restraint system coverage is provided for 72 months/70,000 miles.
Corrosion perforation protection is covered for 72 months,
regardless of mileage. The hybrid-related components, including the
HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and
inverter with converter, are covered for eight years/100,000 miles.