Lexus LS 500h Emphatic, Impressive

Lexus, as a brand, is still finding its feet in India and hence, you can be rest assured that you will be one of the few who have it in their possession. The LS comes with flowing lines and sharp cuts and creases and there is also the slightly coupe-like profile that gives it a magical and rather imposing road presence. 

Now, the grille may look like the usual Lexus spindle grille found on all its models, but then, there is the one that adorns the nose of this model and this took three and half years to create! It has been made with 5,032 individual grid facets and is one of the many examples of fine craftsmanship that defines much of this sedan. 

Omotensahi, which is synonymous with the Japanese concept of hospitality, gives the cabin of the Lexus LS a luxurious feel and pampers the occupants. Oragami inspired hand-pleated trims lend a superb look to the inside door panels and combined with intricate glasswork that had Lexus enlist the expertise of Kiriko artisan glassworkers. 

Also, the cabin is set low and this assists ingress and there is also the air suspension that raises the car and even brings the seat bolsters down slightly to every time you want to get in or out. 

The front seats are quite large and comfortable and come with heating, cooling and massage functions and boast 28 electrically adjustable settings. As far as the dashboard is concerned, Lexus has gone with an asymmetric layout – this feature gives the LS a rather unconventional look. 

We now take a look at the digital instrument panel – it is compact and emits almost all the information. The front-seat occupants will be able to indulge themselves with a 12.3in display. However, it does not have touch inputs and the inconvenience will be further magnified with a very confusing user interface that makes navigating through the menus a tedious task. 

The hybrid setup with its 3.5-litre V6 and twin electric motors makes for a brilliant combined system output of 354bhp along with 350Nm of torque from the engine and 300Nm from the motor-generator. Also, the LS 500h sprints from 0 to 100kmph in under 6 seconds and well, this is quite impressive for a nearly 2.5-tonne car. 

One can easily shift from the complicated 10-speed transmission – this is a combination of a CVT and a 4-speed automatic. They are quick and seamless and as an entire package, it is a brilliant drive. 

The Lexus LS 500h is not your luxury flagship as it has been priced at Rs 1.82 to 1.87 crore (ex-showroom).