THE LEXUS HYBRID RANGE
Always charged, always ready - in Ireland every model in the Lexus range is available as a hybrid. Uncompromising performance, incredible fuel economy, luxurious specifications - this is the power of h.
INTELLIGENT HYBRID PERFORMANCE
Start a Lexus hybrid in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode and you'll notice the difference immediately; the sound of virtual silence. At this point, your Lexus isn't using any fuel whatsoever - no fuel means no emissions. And while driving at modest speeds, or in stop-start traffic, it's the same; zero emissions.
As you begin to accelerate, the electric motor gives a reassuring surge of torque, and the petrol engine kicks in (or rather, politely takes over). The two power sources work together, enhanced by the E-CVT, for a smooth and effortless transition, without any shift-shock. You don't even have to think about it.
Even the energy of slowing down is used, or should we say, re-used. It's an ingenious system called Regenerative Braking.
When you slow down, the electric motor does the majority of the braking by going into reverse. When this happens the electric motor acts as a generator, and starts to recharge your battery. Or to put it another way, the valuable energy you use to stop your vehicle, makes it go.
So what's the benefit of Regenerative Braking? Well, you’ll never need to plug your Lexus Hybrid Drive into a charging point, because the battery effectively recharges itself as you drive.
MULTI STAGE HYBRID SYSTEM
The Multi Stage Hybrid System sees a four-speed automatic transmission introduced into the LC 500h's hybrid powertrain.
By adding physical gears, engine speed and rpm are much more finely aligned to the driver's every response, offering a more direct and immediate feel to the power beneath the right foot. Slip the LC 500h into manual mode and the CVT and the automatic combine to emulate an insatiable 10-speed gearbox that shifts faster.
The result is simple – a great driving experience from a hybrid powertrain, especially when pulling away from standstill. Stunning performance, unparalleled luxury - with minimal environmental impact.