Lexus upgrades flagship LS saloon

* New looks, more standard equipment * Braking system 12.5% stronger * Rear Seat Relaxation package...

Lexus upgrades flagship LS saloon

Lexus has revised its LS saloon, giving it a new look and more standard equipment.

The changes to the styling centre on a revised front grille and rear bumper, with new LED sidelights and indicators integrated in the door mirrors.

At the same time, the range of paint colours has been changed, and now includes a new shade called Crystal Sapphire.

Interior upgrades
Inside, the 2010 car has new LCD instruments and improved head restraints, while all models get the Rear Seat Upgrade package, which includes four-zone climate control, a multi-function rear centre armrest and electric sunshades on the rear doors.

In addition, the Rear Seat Relaxation Package is now available on five-, as well as four-, seat models. This means the left-hand rear seat is fitted with an electrically adjustable ottoman foot and thigh rest, and an adjustable massage function. There's a more sophisticated climate control system, too.

On four-seat cars, the entertainment system has a roof-mounted monitor, but on five-seat cars, the screen is located on the centre console.

Backing up the sat-nav system is a 40GB hard disc drive, which includes 10GB storage for digital music files.

More new kit as standard
Also now standard across the range is automatic high beam headlight operation, which switches the main beam on and off as necessary.

Lexus has also improved the cars brakes, and the company says they now provide 12.5% better stopping power.

Prices for the revised LS start at 87,440 for the long-wheelbase LS600h L, rising to 96,645 for the model fitted with the Rear Seat Relaxation Package.