(TORONTO) – The 2009 LS luxury sedan was the first Lexus to benefit from superior craftsmanship and advanced safety technologies, and now luxury drivers have the choice and security of available All Wheel Drive..

“The LS – the flagship Lexus sedan – is an automobile forged from inspiration, innovation and the bold desire to build the most advanced sophisticated passenger car in the world,” said Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Lexus in Canada. “For 2009, the ultimate luxury expands with the addition of all-wheel-drive editions, in regular and long-wheelbase configurations.”

The LS460 delivers maximum moments of supreme satisfaction, from unprecedented performance, to uncompromising handling and control, to safety systems that are without equal in the automotive world. A range of available features such as the Lexus Advanced Parking Guidance System, hard disc-based Sound Library Music System and 450-watt Mark Levinson Audio System enables Canadian drivers to create the LSprestige luxury sedan that surpasses their needs and desires. For maximum satisfaction, the LS460L AWD with Executive Package includes all of these, plus the Lexus Pre-Collision System and Shiatsu Massage Rear Seat with Ottoman, cool box, fold-out work table, rear seat entertainment system and the world’s first submarine prevention Ottoman airbag. The result is a new definition of luxury motoring.

The 2009 Lexus LS460 is now on sale across Canada. The suggested retail price starts at $77,000 for the LS460 RWD and $98,200 for the long-wheelbase edition LS460L RWD. New for 2009, the LS460 AWD and LS460L AWD start at suggested retail prices of $82,100 and $94,600 respectively.


2009 LEXUS LS460 and LS460L – PRODUCT DETAIL

Pick your passion

(*All Wheel Drive editions new for 2009 model year*)

The 2009 Lexus LSseries prestige luxury sedan is available in four models, as follows:

Model

Body

Wheelbase

Rear seat legroom

Drivetrain

LS460 RWD

Regular length

2,970 mm / 116.9 in

909 mm / 35.8 in

Rear Wheel Drive

LS460 AWD

Regular Length

2,970 mm / 116.9 in

909 mm / 35.8 in

All Wheel Drive

LS460L RWD

Long

3,090 mm / 121.7

933 mm / 36.7 in

Rear Wheel Drive

LS460L AWD

Long

3,090 mm / 121.7

933 mm / 36.7 in

All Wheel Drive

Unprecedented performance

The 2009 Lexus LS460 and long-wheelbase edition LS460L exhibit performance without equal, as befitting the most sophisticated luxury sedan in the world. At its heart is a 4.6L V8 that’s unlike any eight-cylinder engine created for a passenger car. Lexus engineers devoted special care and attention to every aspect of its design to draw maximum performance and efficiency while minimizing noise and vibration. This remarkable engine features key moving parts that have been polished to a mirror finish to minimize friction, and every engine is checked by a master machinist, who uses a stethoscope to search for minute yet abnormal noises and ensure that each engine is properly balanced.

A craftsman-designed engine demands an equally special transmission, which is why the LSseries boasts the world’s first eight-speed automatic transmission. This super electronically controlled transmission enables rapid acceleration, smooth shifts and impressive fuel efficiency.

Uncompromised handling and control

The 2009 LS460 and LS460L deliver awe-inspiring performance, but do so under perfect control. New for this model year, both models are now available in all-wheel-drive editions for additional driving confidence on a wide range of surfaces in many weather conditions.

Rear-wheel-drive models feature lightweight yet highly responsive electric power steering, while all-wheel-drive models enhance this system with variable gear ratio steering technology for even greater control in extreme driving conditions. The state of the art Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system is standard fitted to all LS models, and backstopped by Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) technologies.

All LSseries models are equipped with an independent multi-link front suspension featuring a stabilizer bar, and anti-vibration subframe. The rear suspension is similar, with low-pressure shocks, while the front suspension also benefits from carefully engineered anti-dive and anti-squat geometry. The all-wheel-drive LS models are further enhanced with an Adaptive Variable Air Suspension (AVS), front and rear.

Ground-breaking active and passive safety systems

LSseries drivers demand an extensive suite of active and passive safety systems to protect them and their passengers – and in this flagship sedan, Lexus delivers its most sophisticated safety package to date. In addition to VDIM, VSC, TRAC and other active handling and control design decisions, the LSseries features a direct tire-pressure monitoring system and a generous complement of braking technologies. Disc brakes are fitted at all four corners, including larger diameter discs on the front wheels. These are engaged via an Electronically Controlled Brake System (ECB) and enhanced with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as standard equipment. The LS460 also features an electric parking brake.

Inside, the LS460 wraps occupants in luxury, comfort… and safety. Standard safety systems on the regular-length wheelbase models include a cocoon of eight airbags – including driver and front passenger airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, and front and rear side/curtain airbags. Long-wheelbase models add rear seat side airbags for a total of 10, while the LS460L AWD fitted with the Executive Package adds an 11th airbag that’s also an industry-first – a submarine prevention airbag built into the Ottoman.

Three-point lap and shoulder belts are fitted in all positions, and include power adjustable “B” pillar shoulder belt anchors plus front and rear seat pre-tensioners and force limiters.

Available upgrade packages include additional safety items, such as clearance and backup sensors, back-up cameras for those models not already fitted with one as standard, the Lexus Advanced Parking Guidance System that makes parallel parking safer and easy, and a cruise control system that uses millimetre-wave radar to maintain safe cruising distances. An LS460 fitted with the available Lexus Pre-Collision System can even detect obstacles in its path, determine whether an accident is imminent, and take measures to minimize potential injury to occupants.

And because safety is important even when the LS460 flagship luxury sedan is parked, all models are also equipped with an anti-theft system, engine immobilizer and first aid kit.

Customization

Buyers may personalize their 2009 Lexus LSseries prestige luxury sedan on the Lexus of Canada web site (www.lexus.ca) or by visiting any Lexus Dealer across Canada.

Peace of mind

Buyers of any 2009 Lexus LSseries prestige luxury sedan enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the industry-leading Lexus comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for four years/80,000 kilometres. Power train components are covered for six years/110,000 kilometres, major emission control components are covered for eight years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for six years with unlimited distance. Service adjustments - minor repairs not usually associated with the replacement of parts - are fully covered for one year/32,000 kilometres, while Lexus owners also enjoy the Tire Road Hazard Protection warranty and access to alternate transportation.

The four-year Lexus Roadside Assistance Program provides travel planning as well as the extra security and confidence of a dedicated toll-free telephone number and emergency service for towing - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The purchase of a new LS460 or LS460L – in rear wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations – also includes free membership in Club Lexus, an online convenience service that places important vehicle ownership information, upcoming event details, and Lexus news at the guest’s fingertips.

2009 Lexus LS460 and LS460L – features and specifications

Feature

LS460 RWD

LS460L AWD

LS460 L RWD

LS460L AWD

Instrumentation: Electronic analogue gauges; Thin film transistor multi-function display; Tachometer; Water temperature gauge; Outside temperature gauge; Digital clock

Hard drive-based navigation system with voice-recognition and integrated back-up camera

STD

STD

Cruise control

Power tilting + telescoping steering column linked to driver seat memory system; Four-spoke wood heated steering wheel

Climate control: Dual-zone automatic climate control; Soft-touch heater controls; Dust, pollen and odour filter; Rear seat heater ducts

Power door locks; Key lockout protection; Lexus Smart Key System; Wallet-sized smart card key; Push-button start; Power assist doors; Power assisted trunk closer

STD

STD

Power windows with auto up/down function and variable speed control on all windows; High solar energy absorbing window glass; Power rear window sunshade

Audio

Lexus Premium Audio system featuring AM/FM/In-dash six-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA capability; Input jack for portable music player; Automatic Sound Levelizer System; Radio Data System; 10 speakers; Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Hard disk drive Sound Library Music System; Mark Levinson Audio System featuring AM/FM/In-dash six-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA capability; Factory-installed XM Satellite Radio with roof-mounted fin antenna; Input jack for portable music player; Automatic Sound Levelizer System; Bluetooth capability; Radio Data System; 10 speakers; Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Hard disk drive Sound Library Music System; Lexus Premium Audio System featuring AM/FM/In-dash six-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA capability; Factory-installed XM Satellite Radio with roof-mounted fin antenna; Input jack for portable music player; Automatic Sound Levelizer System; Bluetooth capability; Radio Data System; 10 speakers; Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Accessory power outlet; Retained accessory power

HomeLink Universal Transceiver

Leather seat surfaces

Driver’s seat: Climate control bucket seat; 16-way power adjustable; Lexus Driver Seat Memory System with three settings

Front passenger’s seat: Climate contro bucket seat; 12-way power adjustable

Rear seats

Heated; Interior trunk/cargo access

Lexus Rear Seat Memory System with one memory setting; Power adjustable; Heated and air conditioned

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror; Dual illuminated vanity mirrors; Map lamps

Wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Storage: Front centre console box; Front seat back pockets; Cargo net; Front and rear cup holders

First-aid kit; Anti-theft system; Engine immobilizer; Direct tire pressure monitoring system

Dual electrochromic remote, power, heated, exterior mirrors linked to driver seat memory system; Reverse auto-tilt function; Ipuddle lamps

High Intensity Discharge (HID) crystal projector headlamps; Light Control System; Adaptive Front Lighting System; Auto Levelling Headlamp System; Headlamp washers; Fog lamps; LED tail lamps

Variable intermittent wipers; rain-sensing wipers; windshield wiper de-icer

Front hood clear protection film; Power tilt moon roof with sun-shade; Colour-matched mirrors

P235/50R18 all season radials; 18” aluminum alloy wheels; Wheel locks; Full-size spare tire

STD

STD

STD

P245/45R19all season radials; 19” aluminum alloy wheels; Wheel locks; Full-size spare tire

STD

2009 Lexus LSseries – Available upgrade packages

Premium Package

(LS460 RWD; LS460 AWD)

Includes: 450-watt Mark Levinson Audio system; In-dash six-disc DVD changer; 5.1 channel audio; Bluetooth capability; Hard disc-based Sound Library Music System; Factory-installed XM Satellite Radio with roof mounted fin antenna; 19 speakers; Clearance and back-up sensor; Hard drive-based navigation system with voice recognition and integrated back-up camera; Lexus Advanced Parking Guidance System.

Technology Package

(LS460 RWD; LS460 AWD)

Includes: Premium Package, plus Lexus Pre-Collision System; Rear seat side airbags; Rear power seats; Rears power seat slide and recline; Heated and air conditioned rear seats; Lexus Rear Seat Memory System with one setting; Milliwave radar cruise-control; Power assist doors; Automatic powered opening/closing trunk.

Technology Package AWD

(LS460L AWD)

Includes: Four-zone independent automatic climate control; 450-watt Mark Levinson Audio system; In-dash six-disc DVD changer; 5.1 channel audio; 19 speakers; Rear seat audio controls; Clearance and back-up sensor; Rear cool box; Rear side window auto sun shade; Lexus Advanced Parking Guidance System; Milliwave radar cruise-control; Premium leather seat surfaces; Front and rear acoustic glass; Water repellant front door glass; Escaine head lining.

Executive Package AWD

(LS460L AWD)

Includes: Technology Package, plus rear seat DVD entertainment system with audio and DVD remote control, 9” LCD monitor; and two sets of wireless headphones; Right-rear seat retractable Ottoman; Ottoman seat cushion airbag; Rear seat armrest with built-in 12v power supply; Rear seat fold-out table; Right-rear Shiatsu Massage seat.

2009 Lexus LSseries – Technical information

Engine: 4.6L V8

(460 RWD / 460L RWD)

Horsepower: Up to 380 HP @ 6,400 RPM

Torque: Up to 367 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

(460 AWD / 460L AWD)

Horsepower: Up to 357 HP @ 6,400 RPM

Torque: Up to 344 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

Features: Aluminum alloy block; Dual overhead cams; 32 valves; Variable Valve Timing with intelligence electrically-driven on intake cam (VVT-iE); Variable Valve Timing with intelligence on intake exhaust cam (VVT-i); Direct Injection System (DIS) with Dual Knock Sensors; Two-way direct cylinder and port injection system; Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i); Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS); Stainless steel exhaust; Dual integrated chrome tailpipe diffusers.

Emissions rating: Tier 2, Bin 5.

Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, electrically-driven intake cam

(All models)

Unique to Lexus, VVT-iE provides the ideal air-fuel mixture for efficient combustion and optimum performance over a broad range of engine speeds. It increases torque at lower speeds and horsepower at higher speeds to improve engine performance and fuel economy, as well as help reduce emissions. The Engine Control Module receives data from a variety of sensors and signals the actuator to adjust the camshaft the amount needed to create perfect timing for engine speed and load at that exact moment. The exhaust cam is controlled by Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), a Lexus engine system that continually varies the exhaust valve timing to deliver optimal valve timing for a full range of driving conditions. It improves drivability, performance and fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions.

Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)

(All models)

The principle behind ETCS-i – sometimes called “drive-by-wire” – is used on all modern racing cars. When the driver depresses the accelerator, the engine instantaneously receives an electronic signal demanding more power. By replacing the traditional, less-efficient cable link between pedal and engine, ETCS-i can provide better fuel efficiency, faster response and smoother acceleration. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Acoustic Control Induction System

(All models)

ACIS increases the amount of air entering the engine by optimizing the length of the intake manifold under various driving conditions. The result is an increase in engine power and torque whenever the driver needs it most.

Transmission: 8-speed automatic Super ECT

(All models)

Features: Overdrive; Sequential multi-mode shifter; Transmission cooler.

Fuel Consumption

Fuel consumption (RWD): 12.9 L/100km city; 8.2 L/100km highway; 10.8L/100km combined

Fuel consumption (AWD): 13.5 L/100km city; 8.7 L/100km highway; 11.3L/100km combined

Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (Super ECT)

(All models)

Electronic control of Lexus automatic transmissions has delivered several breakthroughs in driving comfort and vehicle efficiency. Super ECT helps to ensure optimal gear change timing according to throttle position and vehicle load for maximum performance and fuel efficiency. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Capabilities

Seating capacity: 5 adults (4 adults in LS460L AWD with Executive Package)

Cargo capacity: 0.510m3 (18.0ft3)

Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management

(All models)

Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) is the most sophisticated handling and control system Lexus offers. Specially tuned for each vehicle on which it’s fitted, VDIM uses information from computer-linked sensors to compare actual vehicle performance to driver commands. In this way, it’s able to anticipate potential vehicle stability problems such as a skid or slide. VDIM then makes subtle interventions through a combination of braking, throttle, and steering – in most cases, invisible to the driver – to maximize control.

Vehicle Stability Control

(All models)

The Lexus Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system is an active safety system that automatically helps to control a vehicle when it starts to slide – for example, when trying to turn at too high a speed. VSC compares driver braking and steering commands to the vehicle’s actual performance then activates individual brakes as needed and adjusts the throttle setting to help maintain stability and keep the vehicle on course.

Traction Control

(All models)

The Lexus Traction Control (TRAC) system helps the vehicle maintain traction when accelerating in slippery conditions. It also engages when the available grip differs from one side of the vehicle to the other, such as when two wheels are on a gravel or grass verge. When drive wheels begin to slip, TRAC automatically adjusts engine power to keep the wheels from losing traction.

Adaptive Variable Suspension

(LS460 AWD; LS460L AWD)

This suspension system allows the vehicle to raise or lower itself quickly, depending on need. For example, when the vehicle stops the chassis lowers two inches for easier loading and unloading. When driving at highway speeds the chassis lowers one inch at the front and one-half inch at the rear for improved stability; and when the vehicle’s four-wheel drive system is shifted into the low range, the vehicle rises three inches for better ground clearance.

Antilock Braking System

(All models)

The Lexus Antilock Braking System (ABS) uses sensors to monitor speed, traction, vehicle load and the driver’s applied brake force. The ABS then controls brake applications to minimize wheel lock-up, reducing the chance of the vehicle skidding. The result is shorter stopping distances on wet, gravel-covered, sandy or other surfaces where traction is questionable.

Brake Assist

(All models)

The Lexus Brake Assist (BA) system is a system designed to assist the driver during emergency braking by supplementing the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the pedal in an emergency braking situation. It works in conjunction with ABS to minimize lock-up during emergency situations.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution

(All models)

The Lexus Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system minimizes stopping distances by maximizing the braking power applied to those wheels that have the best grip. This system also automatically adjusts the fore/aft brake balance according to vehicle load, and the right/left brake balance if brakes are applied during cornering.

High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps

(All models)

Powered by a Xenon gas bulb, these projector-beam HID headlamps use less power, last significantly longer and provide considerably more illumination than halogen bulbs.

Adaptive Front Lighting System

(All models)

The Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System pivots the driver-side headlamp up to 15 degrees to the left and the passenger-side headlamp up to five degrees to the right to help illuminate the road through turns.

Auto Levelling Headlamp System

(All models)

For safer night driving, the Lexus Auto Levelling Headlamp System adjusts the lights to a pre-set height. This allows for better road illumination without blinding oncoming traffic.

Advanced Parking Guidance System

This system greatly simplifies parking, and works for both parallel and angle parking situations. The driver pulls up to a parking space and at the press of a button, the vehicle determines whether it will fit, and then parks itself. The driver controls the speed using the brake pedal, while the car steers itself into place.

Pre-Collision System

Using a milliwave radar sensor, this revolutionary pre-collision system senses an impending collision and automatically initiates steps to reduce the potential for injuries. Vastly superior to previous systems, it features several Lexus breakthroughs, including an Advanced Obstacle Detection System, Emergency Steering Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist and a Driver Monitoring System. Information from the milliwave radar sensor is combined with computer data on vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate. If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable the following actions are initiated:

The pre-collision seatbelt motor preemptively retracts the driver and front passenger seatbelts.

The Brake Assist system is placed in stand-by mode, priming the system to deliver the necessary braking force as soon as the brake is applied.

The suspension stiffens to minimize nosedive and prevent unloading of the rear wheels to maximize braking.

The Emergency Steering Assist and Lane-Keeping Assist systems are triggered to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle.