Steane Klose | Sep 17, 2007

Lexus Australia has just announced that for the first time ever in its Australian International Motor Show history, it will display three vehicles that have yet to be released in Australia – the LS 600hL luxury hybrid, the IS-F performance sedan and the LX 570 luxury off-roader.

Lexus will be featuring their complete hybrid vehicle line-up including the soon-to-be released LS 600hL long-wheelbase luxury saloon. Lexus are laying claim to the LS 600hL being the worlds first V8 petrol-electric hybrid. The all-wheel-drive luxury saloon will feature Lexus’ most opulent interior that even features and ottoman rear seat.

Other performance hybrid vehicles on the stand will include the GS 450h performance sedan and the RX 400h hybrid SUV.

Admittedly, the one Lexus that truly appeals to this writer is the all-new IS-F performance sedan (pictured), featuring a five-litre V8, an eight-speed sports direct shift (SPDS) transmission and a performance braking package. The IS-F is due for release locally in late 2008 and gives an indication of the future direction of Lexus' performance vehicles - distinguished by the 'F' designation.

Also on display will be the forthcoming LX 570 four-wheel drive, featuring a 5.7-litre V8, a six-speed transmission and Lexus' all-new Crawl Control feature, which assists drivers with negotiating rough terrain.

"Show-goers will be treated to an advance look at some of the future vehicles for the Lexus brand. Having three all-new models this year unequivocally demonstrates Lexus' commitment to performance and luxury motoring in Australia. In fact, there will be a Lexus vehicle here for almost everyone - whether you're environmentally conscious, a driving enthusiast or an off-roader, you'll find it on this year's stand", said Lexus Australia chief executive John Roca

The Sydney Motor Show will be open to the public from 5pm on the 11th of October and runs through to the 21st of October.

Steane

[Source: Lexus Australia]

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