NEW FOR 2012:

– Exterior colours: Mercury Grey Metallic and Starlight Black Mica added

For 2012, the Lexus LS600h L is unchanged except for two new colours.

Based on the long-wheelbase LS460L model (covered separately), the LS 600h L hybrid uses a 5.0-litre V8 with an electronically-controlled CVT and Lexus Hybrid Drive, which uses high-output electric motors and a large-capacity battery pack to produce what the company says is the performance equivalent of a V12 with the fuel economy of a V6. The dual-stage transmission allows the driver to select one of three acceleration response modes, and choose engine brake force from eight different ranges.

Features include 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt and telescopic heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, soft-touch heater controls, six-DVD Mark Levinson surround sound audio system with library music system, auxiliary input, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, 16-way driver and 12-way passenger climate-controlled premium leather seats, driver’s side memory, heated rear seats, auto up/down windows, water-repellant front door glass, front and rear acoustic glass, power rear door sunshades, Eco indicator, LCD gauge cluster, voice-activated navigation system with backup camera, advanced parking guidance system, pre-collision system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, Escaine headliner, leather-covered instrument panel and door pads, cargo net, LED map lights, floor mats, power sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors with puddle lamps and reverse tip-down, rain-sensing wipers, windshield de-icer, adaptive auto-levelling LED headlamps with washers, LED taillamps, fog lamps, driver and passenger knee airbags, first-aid kit, and tire pressure monitoring system.

The sole option is a Premium Executive Package, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, four-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat DVD entertainment system with remote control and wireless headphones, nine-inch LCD rear monitor, infrared body temperature sensor, milliwave radar cruise control, rear seat side airbags, lane keeping assist system, right rear seat retractable ottoman with seat cushion airbag, driver monitoring system, obstacle detection system, rear-seat armrest with 12-volt power outlet, and heated and ventilated rear seats with shiatsu massage and memory.

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