LEXUS’ MULTI STAGE HYBRID SYSTEM TO FEATURE IN THE NEW LS 500h FLAGSHIP SEDAN
Lexus’ Multi Stage Hybrid System to feature in the powertrain of the new LS 500h flagship sedan, which makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show
High-performance hybrid system brings new level of driving pleasure, greater acceleration and traction, and higher efficiency
Higher cruising speeds achievable with petrol engine shut off – up to 140km/h
Performance maintains the hallmark smooth, quiet and refined nature of Lexus Hybrid Drive
Lexus’ new LS 500h flagship sedan is to benefit from the company’s Multi Stage Hybrid System, a breakthrough technology that transforms the performance and driver appeal of hybrid power. The new LS 500h will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 7 March.
The system, first installed in the powertrain of the new LC 500h luxury coupe, brings multiple benefits in terms of improved throttle responsiveness, high-speed cruising at lower engine rpm and the ability to cruise at higher speeds, with the petrol engine shut off – up to 140km/h.
At the same time, overall fuel efficiency and emissions performance are improved, while preserving the smooth, quiet and sophisticated drive that is a hallmark of Lexus hybrids.
The Multi Stage Hybrid System adds a four-stage shift device to the LS 500h’s Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, which features a 3.5-litre V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine and two electric motors. The result is more direct response to driver throttle inputs – a quality that is particularly noticeable when pulling away from stationary.
Although the system comprises a four-stage shift, its operation replicates the feel of driving with a 10-speed transmission, like that featured in the twin-turbo 3.5l V6 petrol engine powered LS 500, with a linear, direct and continuous acceleration feel, making for a more rewarding driving experience.
The Lexus press conference will take place on March 7, at 12:45PM on the stand no. 4211 in Hall 4, Palexpo.