Unleash the power of “H” at KLIMS2010

Published on December 8th, 2010

Lexus, the luxury arm of Japanese motoring giants Toyota, which is renowned for making luxurious vehicles that rival the very best that European motoring brands have to offer at the highest level, have for the benefit of Malaysian motoring enthusiasts and fans, made available Its Hybrid range of luxury vehicles, which are the highlight of Lexus Malaysia’s display at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS), held in the Putra World Trade Centre from 3-12 December 2010. At Malaysia’s premier automotive showcase, Lexus Malaysia is displaying its flagship model – the LS 600h L, and the Luxury Hybrid Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), the RX 450h, which features the impressive Lexus Hybrid Drive system, to enable visitors to KLIMS to have a better, first hand look at models that not only proudly wear the Lexus badge and logo, but also showcase a unique blend of the latest in environment-friendly automotive technology and luxury on wheels.

The Lexus Hybrid system is the world’s most advanced Hybrid technology that provides impressive, powerful performance. The electric motor and petrol engine work seamlessly together to produce a very responsive drive with outstanding performance, giving a truly enjoyable driving experience. It also has optimum fuel efficiency through the perfect fusion of an advanced electric motor and a finely tuned, large displacement gasoline engine. The combination also allows the vehicle to produce at least 20 percent lower carbon emission and complies with the world’s strictest standards – including the Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle in the U.S. and the STEP 5 standards in Europe.

Lexus is the first and only luxury car manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of Hybrid vehicles, which no other brand does. Also making its presence at the pavilion is the Lexus’ Remote Touch Simulator, which demonstrates the actual Remote Touch system, found in the RX range. It is an integrated device that allows the user to customize the vehicle setting functions to work best for them. Lexus Malaysia is also showcasing the 2011 Lexus IS 250 with enhanced exterior and interior features to give the car a more sporty and dynamic appearance.

LS 600h L

The introduction of the LS 600h L marks the important arrival of Lexus’s full hybrid luxury vehicles in Malaysia. The Lexus Hybrid Drive on the LS 600h L is the most advanced automotive hybrid powertrain. It is also the world’s first full hybrid system to combine a large capacity V8 petrol engine, permanent all-wheel drive, and a high output electric motor. The newly developed 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine and the high-output electric motor allows the LS 600h L to achieve acceleration on par with that of a conventional 6-liter vehicle, and outstanding environmental performance that places it at the top of its class world-wide. The LS 600h L luxury sedan showcases the brand’s L-finesse design philosophy, revealing a family resemblance that conveys elegance, refinement and a strong emotional appeal while maintaining the environment-friendly theme. The flagship model continues with the long-standing tradition of remarkable high quality and craftsmanship that is known and expected nonetheless of a Lexus.

RX 450h

The new Lexus RX 450h was build on the first hybrid RX platform to deliver class leading economy and efficiency, while delivering the needs of luxury SUV owners. Introduced in 2009, it has become the new flagship model in the RX range of models. The Lexus RX 450h has a sophisticated petrol-electric full hybrid system for combination of reduced fuel consumption together with strong acceleration. The RX 450h’s Lexus Hybrid Drive system consist of a purpose-developed Atkinson Cycle 3.5 Liter V6 petrol engine, a 123 kW electric front drive motor, a 50 kW rear motor, a electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT), a three block compact 288V hybrid battery and compact new Power Control Unit (PCU). The combined hybrid system output in the RX 450h is rated at an impressive 295hp, just 5hp short of 300hp, while readily delivering a class-leading 15.9 km/L combined cycle fuel efficiency. CO² emission level is equally impressive, emitting just a mere 148g/km into the atmosphere, a figure hardly heard off in the Luxury SUV segment.

IS 250 Luxury and IS 250

The new model features various design elements that have been changed to give the car a more dynamic and high-performance image. The exterior design of the IS 250 has a combination of bold concave surfaces with a sculpted image that gives a sensation of speed and high performance. The front grille has been restyled in a way that creates more visual depth while the slats have an image of flowing air. This not only expresses a low centre of gravity but also gives a vibrant feel to the appearance of the IS 250. Other changes are; the new High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with hyper-wide projectors which is now standard for both the IS 250 Luxury and IS 250 while a dark smoke coating gives a bolder look. What makes the new IS 250 more distinctive is the arrowhead LED clearance lamp with Daytime Running Lights.

The new vehicles continues to deliver the same performance as its predecessor model. A potent yet refined DOHC 24-valve 2.5-litre V6 gasoline powerplant with an aluminium die-cast cylinder block and intake manifold, as well as a resin-made intake chamber, powers the IS 250 from standstill to beautiful motion. The D4 direct-injection technology provides a very high pressure and develops a respectable 205hp at 6,400 rpm, coupled with a class leading 252Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. This also gives the vehicle the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a spritely 8.4 seconds, and attain a top speed of 225 km/h. The engine has a Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) system that controls both the intake and exhaust camshafts to significantly enhance performance. The system also contributes to a reduction in exhaust emissions and better starting performance. The IS 250 is equipped with the A.I. SHIFT Sport Driving Control as standard. This advanced transmission features paddle-shift control, with large dedicated upshift and downshift paddles. Providing a faster downshift than fully automatic mode, the sequential mode allows for greater driver involvement to exploit the IS 250’s dynamic abilities to the fullest for the full benefit of the owner or driver helming the wheel.

Remote Touch Simulator

The Remote Touch Simulator demonstrates how the actual New Generation Remote Touch controller operates. It is an integrated device that allows the user to customize the vehicle’s setting functions, working seamlessly with the Electro Multi Vision (EMV) display via a computer mouse-like control knob. The Remote Touch controller is a model of comfort and simplicity. It makes driving easier by helping the driver to locate the desired on-screen button through both the feel and sound senses. The Remote Touch is so intuitive and user-friendly that it will quickly be integrated into the daily drive of its users. Since being introduced, the Remote Touch controller has unsurprisingly won two awards. The first one is from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization which awarded it with the “Good Design” award, and the second one is from the iF International Forum GmbH from Germany, the land of fine German motoring, which selected it as a recipient of the “Well-Designed Industrial Product” award.

For further information and enquiries, visit the hard-to-miss-and-resist Lexus display at KLIMS 2010, or please call Lexus’s Toll Free Line: 1 800 88 53987 (1-800-88-LEXUS).

words: Azdee Amir  pix: Various sources

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