Recently, Lexus debuted the revised 2010 Lexus LS 600h L Hybrid. Though changes for the 2010 year are minimal, the classy hybrid boasts a tweaked exterior styling that incorporates a freshened front fascia, bumpers and taillights. Inside, the 2010 Lexus LS 600h L boasts a larger trunk capacity thanks to a reconfigured battery pack. In terms of technology, Lexus adds numerous technology upgrades, including USB connectivity and improved GPS navigation and updated telematics.
Now in its third model year, the Lexus LS 600h was the first hybrid vehicle made available in the super luxury vehicle class. Powering the long wheelbase of the opulent vehicle is a 438-hp V-8 hybrid engine that incorporates all-wheel drive. As with last year, the Lexus LS 600h L earns 20 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway (21 mpg combined).
Specifically, the new rear of the 2010 Lexus LS 600h L integrates new blue-tinted taillamps, updated license plate surround and new exhaust diffusers. Side mirrors now incorporate turn signals. On the front end, both the bumper and grille have received minor tweaks.
In terms of convenience features, the new Lexus LS 600h L upgrades in a number of areas. New Intelligent High Beams automatically adjust brightness in the presence of on-coming traffic. A standard slide-away driver's seat feature is designed to ease vehicle entry and exit. Additionally, the passenger memory system has been revised. Visually, the LS instrument cluster is all new as well.
According to Lexus, the LS 600h engine emits almost "70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new car." Once again, the 2010 Lexus hybrid achieves Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (SULEV) certification. As a full hybrid vehicle, the LS 600h is capable of operating in all-electric mode when idle and at low speeds.
If you are interested in a full-size luxury hybrid 2010 sedan, then the Lexus LS 600h is one of your only options. However, a hybrid model of the Mercedes-Benz S400 is debuting for the 2010 year. The Mercedes S400 Hybrid will deliver less power than the Lexus hybrid. However, fuel efficiency should be much improved, with Mercedes estimating a combined fuel efficiency of 29 mpg. A 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has also been announced.
For the luxury of driving a 2010 Lexus LS 600h L, expect to pay more than $100,000.