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The Lexus LS is one of our favourite full-size luxury sedans and it gets some subtle but noteworthy updates. The front-end gets restyled bumpers and piano black elements on the headlights. The tail-lamps, too, get the same piano black treatment. There’s a new paint option called Gin-ei Luster that’s basically a silver metallic finish which further accentuates the LS’ creases. In F-Sport trim, the LS now receives updates to its spindle grille with a few colours to choose from. New for this generation are also a set of striking 20-inch wheels.
The interiors create a ‘moonlight on the sea’ effect that complements its new paint finish well. There is a new exclusive ‘Nishijin and Haku’ trim which features fabric on the door pads and other touch surfaces that is produced with a blend of traditional Japanese techniques and modern platinum leaf to match the exterior perfectly. And finally, the LS gets a touchscreen infotainment system that supports the latest phone mirroring protocols like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Lexus engineers have developed a new adaptive variable suspension solenoid that helps reduce damping forces, further improving the car’s spring rate and overall rigidity. Overall, this leads to better driving performance as well. While the engine output stays the same, there will be more power on tap, thanks to increased battery assist during acceleration.