Lexus showed off the facelifted LS sedan back in July, but we’ve been waiting to see what we get here in the U.S. ever since. As you’d expect, the U.S. spec 2021 Lexus LS sees a lot of the same updates — including some suspension tweaks and a slightly refined interior – but the highlight is probably the 12.3-inch infotainment system that is finally touchscreen.
Starting under the metal, the 2021 Lexus LS features an updated suspension with new spring and damper rates to improve ride quality. Ride quality is further enhanced by the updated rear anti-roll bars, which should help decrease body roll and give a better sense of stability. Larger, liquid-filled bushing add even more to the equation and ingress and egress will be a little easier now thanks to the height-adjustable suspension system.
On the inside, you won’t see any major changes, but they are there. Of course, the infotainment display is now touch sensitive, but this facelift is more about comfort. As such, Lexus has added extra padding to the seat cushions, arm rests, center console, and other soft-touch surfaces throughout the vehicle. The front seats also feature thicker cushioning material and updated springs. The center console and steering wheel now feature controls with a black finish and the status of both the heated seats and steering wheel will now be displayed on the infotainment screen. If you’re interested in new upholstery, Lexus is offering the 2021 LS sedan with the option of Palomino Leather and trim that’s made out of cut glass.
As far as the exterior is concerned, there’s not a lot to write home about. The front bumper has been mildly updated with new air intakes. The RX SUV’s adaptive high-beam headlights are now available, and you can now opt for black chrome trim in the rear. As far as performance goes, don’t expect anything major, either. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 and the naturally aspirated V-6 of the same displacement are the two sole choices here. The 10-speed automatic has been recalibrated, though, to keep the engine “in a more responsive area of its power band.” The LS hybrid has been updated to deliver more power during acceleration too.
|Displacement||3.5 liters / 3445cc / 210.2 cu.in.|
|Bore x Stroke||3.37 in. x 3.94in.|
|Compression Ratio||10.476 :1|
|Horsepower (SAE)||416 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|Torque 442 lb.-ft. @ 1600-4800rpm|
|Transmission Type||10-speed automatic|
|0-60 mph Acceleration||4.6 seconds|
|Top Track Speed||136 mph|
|Estimated Fuel Economy* (City/Hwy/Combined)||19/30/23 mpg RWD 18/27/21 mpg AWD|
The Lexus LS500 lands at dealers in Late November and carries a price tag of $76,000 (an increase of just $500) when equipped with RWD. The LS 500H hybrid won’t arrive until early-2021, but will like cost a little more than the current models $80,010 MSRP.