Back in 2017, Lexus officially launched the current fifth-generation LS sedan. At the time, it was undoubtedly one of the sleekest looking Lexus models alongside the LC grand tourer.
Nearly three and a half years later, the flagship sedan is starting to look a bit dated especially when compared to the rest of the line-up featuring the new IS and the refreshed RC. As such, Lexus has decided to update the LS for the 2021 model year, featuring new styling cues both inside and out. Well, that’s if you can find the differences.
Starting with the exterior features, the changes are very minor. In fact, it is quite difficult to see what’s new especially from a distance. Possibly the most obvious change is the new headlights, which are now slimmer and feature a more aggressive design. Aside from helping the LS look fresher, the LED headlights now feature Lexus’s adaptive high-beam system first introduced in the RX last year. Though it’s hard to tell, the bumper has also been given a nip and tuck. Meanwhile, the signature Spindle Grille gets a big sensor module below.
At the rear, the changes on the updated LS are even harder to spot. But, the taillights do appear to have new LED elements. The chrome trim within the lights has also been changed to a Piano Black finish. Aside from that, the only other changes to the LS are the wheels. There are now new wheel designs customers can choose from including sportier 20-inch units for the F-Sport variant.
Inside, the cabin has largely been carried over from the outgoing model but does feature some technical updates. The digital rear-view mirror now features a larger high-resolution display for improved visibility. Controls on the steering wheel and center console are now finished in black A new switch then acts as a shortcut to heated seats and steering wheels. The infotainment system now features a touch display complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Lexus Teammate gives
The changes may seem minor, and they are on the aesthetics side. Lexus, however, has focused on improving comfort in the 2021 LS. According to the automaker, the adaptive suspension in the LS has been re-tuned to give a smoother ride. In fact, even the seats now have deeper stitch points and are paired w with low-resilience urethane seat pads to further enhance comfort.
Powertrain options from the out-going model have been simply carried over. However, the hybrid version now uses increased battery assists during acceleration. Meanwhile, the gasoline-engine variant has improved torque and faster shifting gearbox.
Lexus Teammate safety suite now debuts on the LS as well and features a wide array of driver assistance systems including Advanced Park and Advanced Drive. Updates will be offered in the future, improving functionality.
The 2021 LS will go on sale first in Japan towards the end of 2020, while the international market will follow next year.