The 2021 Lexus LS has been given a refresh. Along with the obligatory mid-cycle update, the main highlight of the Lexus LS flagship is the new Lexus Teammate–an advanced semi-autonomous driver-assist system with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.
From the outside, the new Lexus LS gains a slightly updated front fascia, which carries a more intricate pattern for the signature spindle grille. There are also enlarged side air intakes for a more aggressive appearance. The side profile remains unchanged, while the rear fascia gets slightly updated with a new rear bumper.
Vehicles equipped with Lexus Teammate feature additional sensors around the vehicle, which are integrated into the front bumper, rear bumper, and near the front wheel arches of the Lexus LS. Lexus is also particularly proud of its newest silver paint option called Gin-ei Luster. The new color uses aluminum flakes and employs the latest paint technology. Lexus says that the most notable characteristics of Gin-ei Luster are the “beautiful sparkles of light found in its highlights and the sense of depth created by its deep shadows.”
While the interior changes are also minor, this isn’t exactly a bad thing since the 2021 Lexus LS still offers a very luxurious atmosphere befitting of a flagship. The most noticeable updates include a redesigned infotainment screen. Whereas this used to be flushed into the dashboard, it is now housed in a tablet-style bezel that’s mounted closer to the driver. This is because it now uses an updated Lexus Remote Touch infotainment which can now be controlled via both the touchpad and the touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come as standard. Additionally, the new Lexus LS also features a new ornamentation option called “Nishijin & Haku” (with “haku” being the Japanese word for “metal leaf”).
Powertrain options for the 2021 Lexus LS remain unchanged. It is still powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine in the LS 500. This produces 416 hp and 600 Nm of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic driving the rear wheels. The other engine option is the LS 500h with its Multi-Stage Hybrid powertrain that also in the LC two-door coupe and convertible. This has a total system output of 354 hp and 500 Nm of torque, with power sent to the rear wheels via a 4-speed automatic that works in conjunction with a CVT to deliver a total of 10-speeds.
The main highlight of the 2021 Lexus LS is the new Lexus Teammate, which is an advanced driver-assist system that uses AI machine learning capabilities that constantly learns the way you operate the vehicle. Lexus Teammate is composed of two features: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.
Advanced Drive performs peripheral recognition, estimates vehicle position, calculates vehicle lane and position, adjusts speed, and conducts other tasks on vehicle-only roadways for safe driving support all the way to the roadway exit. In various driving situations, such as when going through curves and when overtaking other vehicles, Lexus Teammate is able to provide the level of comfortable driving produced by expert human drivers.
On the other hand, Advanced Park provides autonomous parking assistance through fully-automating acceleration, braking, and gear changes. Not only does it provide drivers with safety, but also with an autonomous parking experience that is on par with how humans park.
Additionally, the Lexus LS also features the new BladeScan advanced adaptive LED headlights that precisely control light distribution by synchronizing the rotation of the blade mirror and then switching the LED headlamps on and off when needed in order to precisely illuminate/dim poorly-lit surroundings depending on the situation.
The 2021 Lexus LS will first go on sale in Japan in late 2020, while a global rollout should shortly follow suit. Lexus Teammate will first make its debut in the Japanese-market LS before being rolled out for global markets.