The Japanese automaker keeps improving its flagship offering by adding new features
Lexus introduced a series of updates for the LS flagship in Japan, focused on improving safety and comfort.
The most noticeable highlight of the updated LS is the addition of a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, combined with an already existing 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display, which was added on the previous update.
Tech upgrades don’t stop there as the Lexus LS benefits from the latest version of the Lexus Safety System + ADAS suite. The new Proactive Driving Assist function reduces the risk of an accident by keeping a safe distance from pedestrians, bicycles, and parked vehicles, while the Pre-Crash safety system utilizes a millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera to avoid collisions and detect when the driver is not paying attention. The Lexus Teammate offers assisted driving in traffic jams and remote parking.
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Standard equipment now includes a drive recorder that sources feed from both the front and the rear cameras, while owners can now use their smartphone as a digital key. Finally, the hybrid version (LS 500h) now comes with an external power supply system for emergencies.
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Moving on to the chassis and electronics, Lexus engineers increased rigidity by adding radiator support bracing and a new way of fastening the front and rear suspension. They also reduced vibrations by tweaking the angle of the rubber part that holds the exhaust pipe in place, and with a new function in the Comfort driving mode that reduces shaking. Finally, the Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) system which was previously limited to RWD trims, is now expanded to AWD models as well.
Pricing for the 2024 Lexus LS in Japan ranges between ¥10,940,000-17,990,000 ($73,414-120,765) depending on the selected powertrain (petrol-powered LS 500 or hybrid LS 500h) and trim level. The market launch of the updated model is scheduled for October 16. Other markets outside Japan are expected to follow soon.
The current fifth generation of the Lexus LS was originally introduced in 2017, with a facelift following in 2020 and several model year updates adding more features. Still, newer and high-tech rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series make life harder for the Japanese flagship, at least until Lexus reveals an all-new and possibly fully electric generation.