Lexus has introduced a series of updates for its LS flagship sedan in Japan, with a focus on enhancing safety and comfort.
The most noticeable change in the updated LS is the addition of a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, complementing the existing 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display introduced in a previous update.
The tech upgrades continue with the latest version of the Lexus Safety System + ADAS suite. The new Proactive Driving Assist function enhances safety by maintaining a safe distance from pedestrians, bicycles, and parked vehicles. The Pre-Crash safety system utilizes a millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera to prevent collisions and detect when the driver is not paying attention. The Lexus Teammate system offers assisted driving in traffic jams and remote parking.
Standard equipment now includes a drive recorder that utilizes feeds from both the front and rear cameras, while owners can use their smartphone as a digital key. Additionally, the hybrid version (LS 500h) now features an external power supply system for emergencies.
On the chassis and electronics front, Lexus engineers have increased rigidity by adding radiator support bracing and a new method of fastening the front and rear suspension. They’ve also reduced vibrations by adjusting the angle of the rubber part that holds the exhaust pipe and introduced a new function in the Comfort driving mode to reduce shaking. Furthermore, the Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) system, previously limited to RWD models, is now available on AWD variants as well.
The 2024 Lexus LS is priced between ¥10,940,000 and ¥17,990,000 (approximately $73,414 to $120,765) in Japan, depending on the selected powertrain (petrol-powered LS 500 or hybrid LS 500h) and trim level. The updated model is set to launch in the Japanese market on October 16, with other markets expected to follow suit.
The current fifth-generation Lexus LS was initially introduced in 2017, received a facelift in 2020, and has seen several model year updates with additional features. However, it faces stiff competition from newer and more technologically advanced rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series until Lexus introduces an all-new, possibly fully electric generation.