The facelifted Lexus Ls which is the BMW 7 Series will go on sale towards the end of 2020 in the UK. According to Lexus, it will “reinforce its status as the flagship of the brand.”
2021 Lexus LS Review
Lexus is however taking its LS Luxury saloon flagship into 2021 with updated styling, new technology, and even smoother driving performance.
Head among the revisions is a hybrid drive system that seeks to aid in improving driving experience in Normal Mode. And Lexus says that it is where the average LS spends 90% of its time. And in which the driver makes use of only moderate accelerator inputs.
Lexus has however reduced the amount of throttle needed to accelerate by upping the level of assistance which the hybrid system’s lithium-ion battery provided. Thereby resulting in a smoother and more linear acceleration curve. Lexus claims that the Lexus LS offers a more comfortable driving experience in the city as a result. The 3.5-liter V6 petrol motor can operate at lower RPMs, reducing vibration and noise. With sharper acceleration and also improved shift timing result in lower frequent downshifts.
As Lexus seeks to improve on the LS trademark ride quality and refinement, the LS also obtains a new Adaptive Suspension system with reduced damping forces. Moreover, thicker seats added to further reduce vibrations in the cabin. The engine mounts have been changed, and also, the stiffness of the tire’s sidewalls have been reduced.
The main changes made on the inside are improved technology. Which is headlined by the addition of a new advanced driving assistance and safety package which is called “Lexus Teammate”. With this, the Lexus LS gains more autonomous driving features, allowing it to overtake other cars and change lanes automatically. Also, the system obtains a new 12.3 inches touchscreen infotainment system, which is repositioned slightly to improve access for the driver, and automatic over-the-air software updates.
Other improved new technological additions consist of a “BladeScan” adaptative headlight system. This was first seen on the updated RX SUV. Which makes use of a fast-rotating mirror to project light from LEDs to provide enhanced illumination over conventional systems. And also a digital rear-view mirror which improves rearward visibility. In addition, the 360deg camera gets a new function for pedestrian detection. And when the pre-collision warning is activated, there are new motors that tighten the seatbelts.
2021 Lexus LS Exterior
The exterior part of the LS has been lightly updated, as it has a new front bumper. And also new black trim around the rear lights, and a darkened front grille. The black detailing theme around the rear lights extends to the inside, where the center console and the controls on the steering wheel mirror the dark look.
The president of Lexus “Koji Sato” said that “the LS, as a flagship has constantly pursued innovation and has improved new tech and value for its customers. In developing the new LS announced today, we further the evolution of the exceptional quietness and comfort that has been a steadfast constant since the model’s first generation.”