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Refreshed Lexus LS officially breaks cover with minimal changes


Sitting on top as the flagship model in Lexus' line-up is the LS model that has, for the 2021 model year, will receive a facelifted model.

Changes are subtle and only die-hard fans of the LS will easily spot the changes but the new model comes with adaptive high-beam system borrowed from the 2019 RX.

The front bumper has also been tweaked a bit and the spindle grille incorporates sizable radar sensor module.

The rear comes equipped with slightly tweaked taillight and a Piano Black trim that replaces the previous chrome trim. It runs on a new alloy wheel designs.

Nothing much has changed inside. There is a high-resolution display inside, black finish for the controls on the steering wheel and centre console. In the centre console, there is a 12.3-inch infotainment system that incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Underneath, the adaptive suspension has been tweaked for a smooth ride while the stabilizer bars and engine mounts have been reworked. Lexus says that its LS seats have been made softer compared to the outgoing model for improved comfort.

Speaking of powertrains, the LS 500 now comes with low-end torque and quicker gearbox plus a hybrid system in the LS 500h that kicks in more often than before.

According to Lexus, both models come equipped with updated Active Noise Control and Engine Sound Enhancement for a much more quiet cabin.

An array of driver assistance systems make debut in the LS including a Park Assist function by automatically controlling steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes.

The refreshed Lexus LS is slated to go on sale in Japan before the end of the year. The international market will follow in 2021.

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