Last year, Lexus introduced the refreshed LS sedan. Although the exterior and interior changes were quite subtle, the changes gave the brand's flagship vehicle an updated look similar to the newer Lexus models. Do remember that the current-generation LS first debuted in 2017, making it four years old already. So if you've been waiting for the updated LS to arrive in the Philippines, we have some good news; the wait is over.
Lexus Philippines announced that the 2021 LS is now available here. Best of all, it's more affordable. But before that, let's talk about the updated LS. The new sedan features sharper and slimmer headlights with the L-shaped DRL now integrated into the housing. Also, the bumper gets a slight nip and tuck with a wider spindle grille and revised side intakes. At the rear, the changes are limited to the taillights.
Similar to the exterior, the interior changes are subtle. The most significant update here is the new touchscreen infotainment system. However, Lexus Philippines made some updates in the luxury department for local models. Exclusive to the LS Hybrid 4-Seater Premier variant is the ‘kiriko’ glass art ornamentation, a traditional Japanese craft highlighted in the interior. Meanwhile, rear passengers can now enjoy the Ottoman seats wrapped in premium leather with a massage function.
The Premier variant also comes with Infrared Rays Matrix sensors. These automatically detect the body temperature of each passenger and adjust cooling or heating for each occupant accordingly. A Mark Levinson Surround sound system with 23 speakers will be a joy for audiophiles. Better yet, it is standard in the four-seater Premier together with the infrared sensors.
Like before, the 2021 LS is available with two engine options – a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and a hybrid powertrain. No changes were made to the powertrain. As such, the non-hybrid mill continues to produce 415 HP and 600 Nm torque, while the hybrid model packs 354 HP and 650 Nm torque. Meanwhile, Adaptive Variable Suspension ensures a smooth and level ride.
New on the 2021 LS is Lexus Safety System 2.0 (LSS + 2). The system helps reduce common accidents such as frontal collisions, lane departures, and nighttime accidents. Adaptive cruise control; adaptive high beams; lane-keeping assist with lane-departure alert are also included. For added ease of connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now come standard.
Some customers may want something different inside the cabin to set their LS apart from others. Thankfully, Lexus Philippines is offering various personalization options to suit the taste of each client.
Now, about price. Lexus Philippines is offering the 2021 LS with four variants: LS 500 5-seater at PHP 9,778,000; LS 500h 5-seater at PHP 9,238,000; LS 500h Premier 4-Seater at PHP 11,408,000. Meanwhile, the new “entry-level” starts at only PHP 5,928,000. Yes, you can now bring home an LS for under PHP 6 million. It does lack a bit of features standard on the other three variants, such as the Ottoman seats and LSS + 2. Nonetheless, it's still a very competitive price.
Interested in the refreshed LS? You can take a look at it for yourself at the Lexus Manila showroom in Bonifacio Global City.