New 2012 Lexus LS revealed

* Face-lifted Lexus LS revealed * Cosmetic changes and new petrol version * Due on sale later this year...

New 2012 Lexus LS revealed

The 2012 Lexus LS has been revealed at the 2012 Paris motor show. It has updated styling, new technology and additions to the engine and trim line-ups.

There will be two powertrains in the new version of the range-topping Lexus the LS460 gets a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine, while the LS600h hybrid combines a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine with an electric motor. A new F Sport trim will join the range when the car goes on sale later this year.

The new car gets a comprehensive makeover, with the most noticeable changes at the front. The LS gets the distinctive six-sided grille that was introduced with the CT200h. However, in a first for Lexus, all of the lights on the front and rear will come with LED technology.

Iniside, there's more noise insulation. Lexus can even fit so-called 'hollow-chamber noise-reduction wheels' to make the cabin even quieter.

The updated LS has a new look that includes LED front and rear lights

A climate-control system regulates the temperature through 13 sensors, while the front console has a 12.3-inch touch-screen display that controls the infotainment system. UK cars get a 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system, while rear-seat passengers can use the Blu-Ray disc player.

Lexus has increased the car's body rigidity and tweaked the suspension to improve its ride. The steering has been tweaked to make it more accurate, and there are five driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+. These are selected through a dial on the central console.

Another first for the LS is the introduction of F Sport trim. This adds sporty interior and exterior enhancement, lowers the ride height by 10mm, and adds gearshift paddles and larger Brembo brakes.

Lexus is not releasing the car's performance or specification details for now, with further information expected closer to its launch.

A 12.3-inch touch-screen display controls the extensive infotainment system

Tom Webster