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Lexus LS 600h L 2012

The Lexus LS 600h L carries over virtually unchanged for 2012 with the exception of the Nebula Gray Pearl exterior replacing Smoky Granite Mica. 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 back-up camera, Bluetooth phonebook download capability, Voice Command casual language voice-recognition system, and an integrated XM 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 connectivity. The audio system also features Bluetooth streaming audio. Additional standard features include climate-controlled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, one-touch open/close power trunk, power door closers, SmartAccess with push-button start and card key and Park Assist.

The Cold Weather Package is also standard and features a windshield deicer, upgraded battery and more efficient heater. The LS 600h L also has the Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS) which 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 optional Premium Package II includes butterfly rear headrests, driver’s side rear seat with lumbar massage, rear climate controlled power seats with memory and power headrests, a rear heater control panel, four-zone climate control, rear audio controls, additional wood trim, rear air purifier, power rear-door sunshades and a rear seat entertainment system equipped with a power ceiling-mounted nine-inch screen for DVD viewing.

The available Executive Class Seating Package II includes all features in the Premium Package II and adds a power passenger’s side 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 passenger’s side 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 accordingly.

The LS 600h L hybrid powertrain system 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.  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 state-of-the-art, full-time all-wheel drive system adapts to road surface conditions to help provide vehicle control during acceleration, 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 conditions.

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