The new Lexus LS provides all kinds of updates, including a facelift, new safety features, and autonomous driving tech. With these being the first revisions on the LS model since 2017, we can’t wait to see what else the carmakers have in store.
The 2021 Lexus LS is not yet available in the US. Sales begin in Japan later this year but there is not an official US release date. We project it may not be available to our market until sometime in 2021. So what do we have to look forward to?
The model makeover leaves the car still recognizable. But Lexus has jazzed the LS up a little. The light design is new, as is the color (Gin-ei Luster). The grille is darker and the front side intakes have a new shape. Inside, Lexus made a push for a truly lush aesthetic. Comfort and customization are now paramount.
A 12.3-inch touchscreen allows control of various functions such as the sound system. A digital rearview mirror helps drivers to back up smoothly and safely. And there are even options for surface decoration, including one modeled after a traditional Japanese metal leaf aesthetic. All controls on the steering wheel and center console are black. This helps to improve visibility and shortens any potential distraction for drivers. Settings for the seat and steering wheel heater now appear on the center console for convenience’s sake.
But perhaps the most impressive features all appear in the new Lexus Teammate suite. This system includes multiple driver-assist functions. If you’ve ever been curious about a self-driving car, here’s your chance to experience it firsthand.
There are two main features we should talk about within the Lexus Teammate suite. Firstly, we’ll look at Advanced Drive. This system takes over driving on highways where there are no pedestrians or cyclists present. It will handle accelerating, braking, and steering. Drivers will still need to be alert, of course, and ready to take over manually in case of emergency.
Secondly, we have Advanced Park. This feature assists with parking your car. It will steer, accelerate, brake, and gear change while providing you with a full 360-degree view of your surroundings.
The powertrain will most likely remain the same. It will be available as a 416-horsepower car with a 3.5 twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Or you’ll be able to get it as a 354-horsepower hybrid.
Thankfully, you won’t have to replace the car each time there’s a new upgrade, either. Simply update your Lexus Teammate software and continue on your merry way. We know it’s hard to be patient, but this new model seems worth the wait!