Lexus has updated its LS flagship sedan to provide elevated levels of comfort, quietness and overall refinement.

It has an elegant new grille, front bumper and taillight accents, as well as new high-grade LED headlights featuring advanced BladeScan adaptive high-beam technology for more precise illumination.

New multi-layered urethane seat cushioning features a top layer of low-resilience material that adapts to the occupant’s body.

A new widescreen 12.3-inch touch-display is now integrated to provide simpler control of the 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system.

Suspension modifications are designed to produce an even smoother, more comfortable ride while maintaining the model’s dynamic character.

The 264kW 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 hybrid powertrain has improved drivability through its multi-stage hybrid system by increasing the level of assistance provided by the high-voltage lithium-ion battery to the electric motor and by expanding its range of operation.

The 310kW 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine in the LS 500 gains a new lip design on the upper surface of the pistons to reduce noise when the engine is cold.

Safety features now include a digital rear-view mirror that provides real-time images from the reversing camera.

Functionality of the advanced Lexus Safety System that gives alerts and, if necessary, automatic braking if it detects an oncoming vehicle when turning right or a pedestrian approaching from the front when turning right or left.

The F Sport has driver-assist features previously exclusive to Sports Luxury variants; steering assist, speed reduction on curves with the Lane Tracing Assist system, front cross-traffic alert, and a radar that can detect vehicles approaching diagonally in front of the vehicle.

The LS now has Automatic Collision Notification – the ability to generate an automatic emergency call to a 24/7 Lexus Emergency Call Centre and relay the location of the vehicle in the event of a collision that requires intervention, or if an airbag deploys. If the occupants are unable to communicate, the agent will automatically treat the call as an emergency, contact “Triple Zero” (000) to describe the situation, and request that assistance be sent to the location.

Lexus offers a new exterior silver-hued paint finish across the range, Lustre Shadow, that incorporates aluminium flakes in a smooth mirror-like finish.

Lexus Australia chief Scott Thompson said the finest design, craft and engineering talent have produced a new LS sedan that once again resets benchmarks as the Japanese luxury lifestyle brand’s flagship sedan.

“Lexus experts have pored over every detail of the new LS, raising its performance and driver engagement, ride comfort, quietness and technologies to new heights,” Mr Thompson said.

“Complemented by our exclusive Encore Platinum Owner benefits program, the new LS delivers immaculate choice for the most demanding Lexus customers.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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