Lexus LC500h

2016 Geneva Motor Show: Lexus LC500h features newly developed multi stage hybrid system

Lexus revealed the details of the LC500h on February 18. Lexus will unveil the actual LC500h at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to be held in Switzerland this March.

The LC500h is the hybrid version of the LC500, a new luxury coupe that was announced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January. It is mounted with Lexus’ newly developed multi stage hybrid system. This hybrid system combines two motors, an engine, and an automatic gearbox, enabling the driver to control the output of the engine and the motors.

Since it now has higher engine RPM, it delivers powerful performance even when driving at low speeds because it produces powerful driving force from low RPM. The EV drive mode is enhanced when the high operating point of the system efficiency is selected when driving from low to high speeds. This balances an emotional ride and and fuel economy performance, allowing an excellent and comfortable cruising.

The shift control allows for responsive motor assist and closely aligns engine RPM with the driver’s inputs, no matter the driving situation. It realizes a more direct connection between the accelerator pedal and the vehicle acceleration. The new hybrid system creates a dynamic driving performance by matching the engine RPM and the acceleration feel. It also features the M mode that allows the driver to manually operate the car, a first for a Lexus vehicle. This emphasizes the joy of driving.

It has a lithium-ion battery pack. Mounted with downsized drive motors, it offers a high output while being smaller and lighter. The lithium-ion battery pack also contributes to the car’s low center of gravity.

The hybrid powertrain has the 2GR-FXS, which is a 3.5L V6 petrol engine. It generates a maximum output and a maximum torque of 300ps/6600rpm and 35.5kgm/4900rpm respectively. The combined output of the motor and the engine is 360ps.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)