2021 Lexus LS Facelift Debuts With Improved Comfort, More Tech
Lexus introduces a new LSC, continuing the ceaseless evolution of a flagship of the brand and presenting Lexus Teammate, the latest advanced driver assistance technology
Evolution of Lexus DNA for exceptional silence and comfort
Application of Lexus Teammate, the latest advanced driver assistance technologies that take into account people’s sensitivity
Gin-ei Luster – a new technology and exterior paint color offering deep shadows and robust reflections
A high-quality interior inspired by traditional Japanese crafts, such as Nishijin brocade and metal leaf decoration
Lexus presented the updated version of its flagship sedan, the LS, and announced that sales in Japan would begin in late 2020.
The first generation LS made its debut in 1989 and built the foundations of Lexus with the acclaim earned for its exceptional calm and comfort. Chief Branding Officer and Master Driver Akio Toyoda positions LS all in all its generations – as “a model that gives rise to transformation thanks to the spirit of constant innovation and by providing new technologies and value for the time “. As the flagship sedan of the Lexus brand, the LS sold a total of 870,000 * 1 units, gaining popularity over a period of more than 30 years and in more than 90 countries and regions. The debut in 2017 of the fifth generation of the LS, with its bold coupé silhouette and the offer of an emotional driving experience, marked the execution of a capital transformation.
For this latest update, engineers have focused on raising the levels of comfort, calm and overall refinement of the sedan to help balance a range of new dynamic improvements driven by the Lexus Driving Signature initiative from the Mark. This philosophy applies detailed tuning, thoughtful component updates and control surface upgrades to help drive Lexus products to a new standard of control, balance and ultimately driver confidence. Expanding on this point, developed with the aim of considerably improving the exceptional silence and comfort that represent the Lexus DNA, is the culmination of meticulous know-how applied to the smallest component, from the powertrain and suspension of the vehicle until the point is positioned. seat points.
The new LS is equipped with the Lexus Teammate, the latest in advanced driver assistance technologies. To provide driver assistance that provides occupants with a sense of safety, Lexus has not only deepened the essential fundamental performance of the vehicle, but has also incorporated deep learning AI technologies to anticipate and respond to various situations that may occur while driving. In addition, by applying an uncompromising approach to system control that integrates the driving operations of expert drivers * 2, safe and superb driving stability has been made possible even when road conditions are complicated. These advancements are part of Lexus’ goal to provide a safe and secure mobility experience that takes into account people’s sensitivity. This system first appears on the Japanese market and is later adopted in other markets (calendar specified by regional markets).
In addition, the new LS is available in Gin-ei Luster, a new exterior panel color that provides deep shadows and robust reflections, thanks to the new paint technology. Inside, in addition to using a touch screen for better operability, Lexus paid uncompromising attention to detail thanks to a collaboration involving traditional Japanese crafts like Nishijin brocade and leaf decoration. metal, aimed at creating a high quality interior atmosphere suitable for a flagship product of the brand.
Koji Sato, President of Lexus International
“The LS, as a flagship product, has constantly pursued innovation and provided new technologies and value to its customers. By developing the new LS announced today, we have fostered the evolution of tranquility and exceptional comfort that has been a constant constant since the first generation model and, using Lexus Teammate’s advanced driver assistance technologies, we were aiming for a much safer and more secure mobility experience than before. a reduction in the driver’s load due to the operation of the throttle, brakes and steering, allowing the driver to focus more on overall driving. Additionally, as we can do precisely because we are an automotive company knowing the relationship between the car and the driver, a driving aid that ensures driving comfort as if an expert driver was behind the wheel and a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) which allows the car and the driver to converse and constantly and correctly grasp the condition of the other creates a feeling of safety. In addition, in the development process, we have significantly improved and evolved the fundamental performance of the vehicles. Lexus, based on its people-centered approach, will continue to face challenges and we intend to continue to provide experiences that bring abundance to the lifestyles of each of our customers. “
Main features of LS
Evolution of Lexus DNA for exceptional silence and comfort
Lexus International Takumi Yoshiaki Ito
“By looking for high-quality driving performance, which is the starting point for LS, the whole team united and tenaciously searched for the things to improve. By giving importance to people’s sensitivity , we have carefully examined every detail of the components and control systems related to driving performance, including driving comfort and calm, ranging, for example, from the internal structure of tires to the feeling of sitting in the seats and the acceleration response in daily driving. Additionally, I believe that in the process of pursuing ideal vehicle behavior during Lexus Teammate driving assistance, the fundamental vehicle performance of the new LS have been significantly improved, resulting in a further evolution of the high-quality driving expected from a flagship brand. “
A newly developed adaptive variable suspension solenoid reduces the damping force, while the rate of vertical spring (stiffness) of the sag tires and the stiffness of the stabilizer bars provide optimized performance. In addition, the orifice inside the engine mounts has been modified so as to modify the damping characteristics, resulting in a reduction in the vibrations transmitted to the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
The seat covers have deeper stitching and the underlying seat pads are made from low-resilience urethane. The absorption of vibrations and the soft seat contribute to an even better comfort.
In the LS 500h hybrid version of the new LS, increased battery assistance during acceleration at frequently used driving speeds in order to contribute to unconstrained acceleration. In addition, the silence has been improved by lowering the maximum engine revolutions during acceleration at departure.
In the LS 500 petrol engine version of the new LS, the improvement in the initial engine torque at frequently used driving speeds leads to a greater response to acceleration. Improved speed synchronization and a wider acceleration range for each gear resulted in less frequent downshifts. These improvements make driving powerful and with room to spare.
Both the hybrid version and the petrol engine version of the new LS have undergone active noise control and an engine sound enhancement setting for increased silence.
Application of Lexus Teammate – the latest advanced driver assistance technologies in a system that takes into account human driving sensitivities
Ken Koibuchi, Senior General Manager, Advanced Security Systems, Advanced R&D and Engineering Company, Toyota Motor Corporation
“Lexus Teammate was developed on the basis of the Mobility Teammate concept, which is Toyota Motor Corporation’s original approach to autonomous driving, in which people and cars communicate as friends, reach out for mutual improvement and drive together. Lexus Teammate technology has five characteristics: “Perceptive”, “Intelligent”, “Interactive”, “Reliable” and “Upgradable”. Advanced Drive performs peripheral recognition, estimates vehicle position, calculates lane and position vehicle, adjusts speed, and performs other tasks on the engine. Vehicle-dedicated roads for safe driving support until the end of the road. In various driving situations, such as when cornering and driving. overtaking other vehicles, it offers the kind of comfortable driving sensation produced by expert drivers.Advanced Park, which provides parking assistance through when the driver uses intuitive controls, automatically controls acceleration, braking and gear changes. e with security of course but also with a parking experience that gives them a feeling of precision and security.
In addition, Lexus Teammate can seamlessly integrate future software updates that continuously add features and improve performance to meet customer needs. With upgrades and customization of Lexus Teammate software, a person’s vehicle can truly become a valued partner. Drivers and their cars work together as teammates and complement each other to create and maintain safe driving and comfortable mobility. Even among these technological advances, humans are still at the center of the driving experience, which the Lexus teammate insists. “
The latest advanced driver assistance technologies based on the Mobility Teammate concept allow on-board systems to monitor the driver’s condition to appropriately assist the driver in recognition, judgment and operation, in accordance with actual traffic conditions . Driving skills such as keeping the vehicle on its lane, maintaining the distance from one vehicle to another, lane separations, changing lanes and overtaking other vehicles, when driving on motorways and other roads reserved for motor vehicles only are supported. In order to achieve system-driven driving that the driver can trust, the fundamental performance of the vehicle has been refined so that the driver feels safe leaving the driving to the vehicle, and the system has been designed to prioritize safety in judgments. The driver is freed from the operation of the accelerator, brakes and steering, which reduces the driver’s load during long journeys and enables a safe ride in which the driver is able to pay more attention to the ‘environment.
Using integrated cameras and ultrasonic sensors, the latest advanced parking assistance technologies assist the driver in recognition, judgment and operation. In addition to taking care of all operations – steering, acceleration, braking and shifting – the bird’s eye view also shows the ideal positions of the steering wheel for a safe and secure parking experience.
The new LS is equipped with the BladeScan® AHS (Adaptive High-beam System), which debuted as a world premiere on the partially redesigned Lexus RX in 2019. In this system, light from LEDs shines on a mirror. blade rotating at high speed and is transferred to a target to illuminate the road ahead. Although the light does not seem to move due to a residual image effect, BladeScan® AHS precisely controls the light distribution by synchronizing the rotation of the blade mirror and by switching the LED headlights on and off. Since the high beam effect can be extended more naturally, the system illuminates areas that may be difficult to see with conventional high beam systems, such as the shoulder of the road. It also allows the driver to recognize pedestrians and traffic signs much earlier, without obstructing the visibility of drivers of oncoming or preceding vehicles.
Digital rear view mirror
The digital mirror has a larger high-resolution screen for better visibility of the area behind the vehicle.
Application of the new Gin-ei Luster exterior color and interior style inspired by tradition
Yoichiro Kitamura, director of the Toyota Motor Corporation color management group
“In terms of color design, continuing the thought of” Time in Design “, which comes from an original Japanese sense of beauty and which is part of our design ideology, we wanted to express again the ideal state of a Lexus flagship and to enhance the value that only the LS can offer. “Time in Design” is an approach that has emerged from a unique Japanese sense of beauty that allows you to feel beauty from moment to moment. another in the midst of the transition of time and changes in the environment. In the new LS, with the beautiful scene of the path of moonlight on the sea as a motif to embody this thought, we have endeavored to coordinate the indoor / outdoor that would give such life. The “moonlight path over the sea” is a mysterious natural phenomenon that can only be observed for a limited number of days before, after and during the full moon. , the moonlight forms a long, narrow path to the surface from the ocean and sparkles with light in the moonlight the waves captivate wi e delicate gradation. Through an attractive color design and color coordination that highlight the lush expressions of subtle changes in light and allow us to feel a sense of presence, we aim to provide our customers with a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, as well than an unrivaled mobility experience. “
Lexus has long spent a great deal of effort developing silver paint finishes. Because silver invites color to be perceived as a texture, it represents an important range of colors in the pursuit of the essence of color design. The new exterior color of the Gin-ei Luster body panel is applied using the sonic method, which condenses the volume of paint containing radiant material (aluminum flakes). The new color also uses the latest paint technology, in which an aluminum evaporative coating is distributed over high density surfaces. With a smooth, mirrored texture that is almost absent from a grainy touch, the most notable features of Gin-ei are the magnificent sparks of light found in its reflections and the sense of depth created by its deep shadows. It is an extraordinary silver which reacts delicately to the small quantities of surrounding light and which transforms in concert with the transition of time and changes in the environment to display a variety of expressions.
The interior, which has been coordinated to complement the exterior, also presents various expressions in the middle of the time transition. The ornamentation is available for the first time in “Nishijin & Haku” (with “haku” being the Japanese word for “sheet of metal”). Expressing the existence of a “ moonlight path over the sea ” formed by the sparks of light on the moonlight waves through the silver threads of the Nishijin brocade and the shine of the leaf of platinum, Lexus has also sought to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. like the experience of unrivaled mobility, of a real flagship of the brand. The multimedia system has a new touch screen and is compatible with SmartDeviceLinkTM * 3, Apple CarPlay * 4 and Android AutoTM * 5. Convenience has been greatly improved by, among other features, the ability to control the display screen and audio functions using an iPhone * 4 and AndroidTM * 5 smartphone connected to the 12.3-inch wide touch screen.
The main changes in the LS version announced today
The positioning of a vertical themed character line in the corner parts of the front bumper expresses the excellence of the vehicle’s position. And give the front bumper a structure in which the chrome trim on its lower edge wraps around the sides expresses liveliness.
The BladeScan® AHS is installed under the new compact three-bulb lamps and the clearance lamps with an accentuated “L” design. The deep headlights and square sub-radiator grilles positioned outside help to provide the safe nature of the position of the vehicle.
In addition, the grid mesh color has been changed to a dark metal for a classier appearance for a more elegant appearance suitable for a flagship product.
The chrome trim of the combination taillights has been switched to piano black to improve harmony with the headlights, as well as to enhance the vehicle’s feeling of presence.
In the F Sport version of the new LS, the trim of the sub-radiator grilles rolls up on the sides to underline the wide position of the vehicle. Other elements that help accentuate the more dynamic image of F Sport include a dedicated color for the spindle grille and 20-inch wheels.
The steering wheel and center console controls have been uniformly colored black for better visibility and a crisp impression. In addition, a switch to display the controls for the frequently used seat heaters and steering wheel heater on the touch screen has been added to the center console for better functionality.
As of May 31, 2020, according to a Lexus survey
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