The range-topping Lexus LS sedan gets a facelift early next year and while the long-wheelbase model has been dropped (hybrid LS600hL available by order) the rest of the lineup is highlighted by extra kit and handy price reductions.
As mid-life upgrades go, the latest Lexus LS is a biggie – only the roof and doors are the same as the outgoing model and Lexus says underneath are some 3000 changes, including four world-firsts and 13 Lexus-firsts.
Under the bonnet, the 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine is up to 285kW/493Nm while the hybrid LS600h is up to 327kW.
Looks have certainly improved with the LS adopting the current generation Lexus spindle grille. The more aerodynamic body is 60 per-cent more rigid than the previous model.
And the new wheels are more than just looks – with a focus on improved refinement, Lexus says the hollow chamber wheel rims cut noise.
It’s a similar story inside with Lexus ramping-up the luxury, technology and refinement. Even the analogue clock got the treatment – it’s now linked to the GPS navigation system and automatic ally adjusts to different time zones.
Seats are new, instruments are new (a TFT panel) and the 12.3-inch LCD screen is world’s largest.
The latest Lexus LS lineup debuts in local showrooms in February.
The full range is:
LS460 F Sport $189,900
LS460 Sports Luxury $192,400
LS600h F Sport $217,900