As the flagship sedan of the Lexus brand, the LS has cumulatively sold 870 thousand units, gaining popularity over a span of more than 30 years and in more than 90 countries and regions.
In the latest update, engineers focused on elevating the sedan's levels of comfort, quietness and overall refinement.
The new LS features Lexus Teammate, which is the latest in advanced driving assist technologies. To achieve driving assist that provides occupants with a sense of security, Lexus also add on AI technologies for predicting and responding to various driving situations.
Lexus Teammate can seamlessly incorporate future software updates that allow functions to be continually added and performance to be continually enhanced.
The digital rearview mirror features a larger high-resolution display for improved visibility of the area behind the vehicle.
As with most refresh, a new colour option is offered namely Gin-ei Luster, a silvery shade, which Lexus says "achieves deep shadows and robust highlights."
A newly developed adaptive variable suspension solenoid reduces damping force, while the vertical spring rate (stiffness) of the run-flat tyres and the rigidity of the stabiliser bars provide optimised performance.
Vibration absorption and soft seating contribute to even more enhanced comfort.
In the LS 500h hybrid version of the new LS, increased battery assist during acceleration at often-used driving speeds so as to contribute to strain-free acceleration. Additionally, quietness has been improved by lowering maximum engine revolutions during departure acceleration.
Both the hybrid version and the gasoline-engine version of the new LS have undergone Active Noise Control and Engine Sound Enhancement tuning for improved quietness.
The interior has been co-ordinated to complement the exterior. Ornamentation is available for the first time. Lexus has added a touchscreen for better operability.
The multimedia system is compatible with SmartDeviceLinkTM, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Convenience is enhanced via the ability to control the display screen and audio functions by using an iPhone and Android smartphone linked to the 12.3-inch touch-operated wide display.
Other LS highlights:
> Seat coverings feature deeper stitch points, and underlying seat pads feature low-resilience urethane. Vibration absorption and soft seating contribute to even more enhanced comfort.
> In the LS 500h hybrid version of the new LS, increased battery assist during acceleration at often-used driving speeds so as to contribute to strain-free acceleration. Additionally, quietness has been improved by lowering maximum engine revolutions during departure acceleration.
> The front bumper corner has a vertical-themed character line
> BladeScan adaptive highbeam system is installed below the newly designed, compact, three-bulb lamp units and clearance lamps that have an accentuated "L" design. The colour of the grille mesh has been changed to a dark metallic for a classier appearance.
> The chrome trim within the rear combination lamps has been switched to Piano Black. In the F Sport version of the new LS, the garnish of the sub-radiator grilles wraps around to the sides so as to underline the vehicle's wide stance. Other elements that help to accentuate the F Sport's more dynamic image include a dedicated colour for the spindle grille and 20-inch wheels.
> Controls on the steering wheel and centre console have been coloured black for improved visibility and a clear-cut impression. Also, a switch for displaying on the touch display the controls for the often-used seat heaters and steering wheel heater has been added to the centre console for improved operability.