Slated for launch in Europe in the late 2020, Lexus on Friday premiered the LS sedan, the flagship of the brand, with updated technology, design and equipment.

Lexus International President Koji Sato said: “In developing the new LS, we aimed for further evolution of the exceptional quietness and comfort that have been a constant feature of the LS since its first generation, and the starting point of the Lexus brand.”

Technical revisions strengthen the output of the lithium-ion high voltage battery making the LS500h’s drive more smooth, refined and effortless.

Battery assistance to the electric motor have been increased by which Lexus has considerably improved the car’s drivability. By revising the schedule for the 10-speed automatic transmission, Lexus has improved the performance of the twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine in the LS500, now available in the Eastern European markets.

To provide the best possible riding comfort in the LS, Lexus has upgraded the quality of the seats, the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), the anti-roll bars and the tyres.

The vertical stiffness of the sidewalls of the tyres have been softened without in any way diluting their run-flat capability, thereby giving a more comfortable ride. The LS500h also boasts of the fully-automated Advanced Park system. To make the parking process easier, it has a memory function that stores the parking spaces frequented by the driver.

The parking system also operates promptly as it has a control on the brakes, throttle, steering and transmission. This makes the parking process safe, smooth, accurate and fast.

Safety and driver assistance in the LS have been enhanced by adopting a BladeScan AHS in which light is projected from LEDs from a fast rotating mirror. A new digital rear-view mirror is also introduced presenting real-time images from the rear parking camera. It allows the driver to switch from digital display to optical glass. A pedestrian assistance function and assistance to tighten the seatbelts have also been introduced.

The LS has the latest multimedia and improved HMI. This system is controlled by a new 12.3-inch touchscreen angled towards the driver. This allows for increased sightline and improved accommodation.

The headlights units have been revised, the front bumper has been reshaped and the signature spindle grille has a new dark metallic finish to its interior surfaces. A new Nishijin and Haku interior hand-crafted black and silver interior ornamentation has created new possibilities in paint technology to create a Lunar Silver.

Kanishka Gupta

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