Toyota to Unveil Flagship Lexus LS Hybrid Sedan in April
11 January 2006
|Toyota’s luxury flagship LS 460|
Toyota will unveil a new high-powered LS hybrid luxury sedan at the New York Auto Show in April, according to Jim Press, President and COO of Toyota Motor Sales USA.
The hybrid will be based on the fourth-generation LS 460 V8, just introduced at the Detroit Show. Toyota had provided a glimpse of a prototype for its flagship luxury hybrid at the Tokyo show last year, but provided no details.
Since the LS is such a significant car, with global implications, we’s giving it an extended international launch. Today, you are seeing the production vehicle for the first time. In two months, at the Geneva Show, we will provide more details on the incredible technology embedded in the new LS. Finally, in April at the New York Auto Show we will unveil—for the first time ever—an incredible hybrid V8, ultra luxury, LS sedan. It’s the ultimate Lexus.—Jim Press
The non-hybrid LS 460 uses a 4.6-liter V8 with Toyota’s that produces about 380 hp (284 kW) and 502 Nm of torque. The LS 460 uses Toyota’s dual fuel-induction system (also applied in the 3.6-liter V6 version of the Lexus IS 350) that combines both port and direct fuel injection. The result is an increase in horsepower of about 40% compared to the current LS 430.
Coupled with a new eight-speed automatic transmission (“one gear for every cylinder”), the LS 460 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds, and offers an estimated combined fuel economy in the mid 20s (an improvement over the current 21 mpg US combined for the LS 430), along with a ULEV-II emissions rating.
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