The new Lexus LS 500 flagship sedan is expected to be delivered to customers in May 2021, if you make the booking now at any authorised Lexus Malaysia showroom. The are two variants to pick i.e. LS 500 Luxury and LS 500 Executive Kiriko. Prices start at RM1,023,629 for the LS 500 Luxury, and RM1,304,768 for the LS 500 Executive Kiriko (on the road with sales tax exemption but without insurance).
The flagship Lexus LS 400 debuted in 1989 and marked the beginning of the Lexus brand. Not only did its supreme engineering, craftsmanship and refinement serve notice to the establishment, it signalled Lexus’ intention to change the way luxury vehicles moved us.
Over the years, Lexus continuously transformed the LS, innovating to stay on top of the game. Throughout all five generations, it has stayed true to its core of bringing the absolute pinnacle of automotive experiences to drivers and passengers alike.
“The Lexus LS range is truly the breed standard that has remained at the pinnacle of luxury motoring since the very first model. Each feature and detail is crafted to elevate the experience of the driver and passenger. The 2021 Lexus LS 500 continues that legacy by bringing new levels of refinement and safety to discerning owners,” said President of Lexus Malaysia Mr Ravindran K.
The two variants – the LS 500 Luxury and LS 500 Executive Kiriko, boast a meticulous artisanship to its construction through Lexus Takumi craftsmanship, and driven by the concept of Omotenashi. The sleek, elegant silhouette of the new Lexus LS 500 features revised styling cues that further accentuate the flagship model’s design. These include a redesigned front bumper, headlamps and sub radiator grille that offer a refreshed form along with improved functionality. The intricately formed spindle grille has also been changed to a dark metallic finish for a more formal and elegant appearance.
The new front bumper incorporates a new Ultra Slim 3-beam LED Projector headlamp design. The new lamps feature a distinctive L-shaped DRL and BladeScan type Adaptive High-beam System; the sharp-looking sequential signal lamps add a touch of distinctiveness. The new headlamps not only intensify the look of the car but also provides a wider illumination area along with smoother and finer light distribution control.
The new LS sits on 20″ alloy wheels that feature a noise-reducing design thanks to resonator holes incorporated into the wheels. The wheels are finished in Hyper Chrome Metallic, and come with new run flat tyres that are optimised with reinforced sidewalls to further improve ride comfort. Further, there will be two new body colour options i.e. Iridium Silver and Sonic Iridium.
The Lexus LS is powered by an improved 3.5L V6 V35A-FTS twin turbo engine with newly developed pistons and an improved variable valve control design. These help realize low emissions and quiet operation, particularly when the engine is cold.
In addition to its improved comfort and driveability, the new engine also boasts an output of 415 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The car does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.0 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The driver can also customise the powertrain response via the Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport S or Sport S+ modes.
A core characteristic of the Lexus LS is its dynamic handling and performance. Defined by the Lexus GA-L platform which provides optimised weight distribution and lower centre of gravity, the new Lexus LS 500 is undoubtedly the brand’s most capable flagship sedan to-date.
Lexus uses an Air Suspension featuring Adaptive Variable Suspension and revised stablisers and suspension bounds stoppers for improved vehicle stability, agility, and sharp handling. The advanced suspension system is tuned to offer exceptional ride comfort on city streets but adapts and controls roll when the steering wheel is turned. This gives the LS 500 a plush ride while maintaining excellent composure and balance. It also comes with Access Mode Control that will raise the vehicle when stopped, allowing for easier ingress and egress.
In the cabin, the LS 500 has improvements that elevate passenger and driver comfort. Semi-aniline leather seats and ornamentation developed by Takumi craftsmen give the LS 500 a premium atmosphere.
To cater to the discerning tastes of its buyers, the new LS 500 Luxury is offered in a new Chateau as well as Hazel interior colour scheme. On the other hand, the Executive Kiriko model features Kiriko Glass ornamentation and hand-folded pleats on the door trim that illustrates the brand’s ‘Innovative elegance through Japanese craftsmanship’ approach.
While both LS 500 variants have class-leading rear seat room, the LS 500 Luxury has 480 litres of boot space, 40 litres more than the LS 500 Executive Kiriko. This is due to the rear cooler box found in the latter variant. Standard features include front 28-way power-adjustable front seats (the highest combination of adjustments in its class), along with power-adjustable rear seats. The Executive Kiriko variant also features rear seats with ottoman and massage functions. Seats in both variants are equipped with heater and ventilation functions.
To take user experience to the next level, the LS 500 has a new 12.3″ high definition multimedia touchscreen with enhanced smart connectivity and functionality. The new interface is integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and features an in-built Lexus navigation system. The new touchscreen display has also been moved 121.5 mm closer to the occupants to enhance operability.
Further, the LS 500 Executive Kiriko variant features a 23-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System capable of concert hall sound reproduction. With dual 11.6″ LCD screens in the rear featuring Blu Ray, SD card, WiFi (for Miracast) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and HDMI input, every journey can be filled with your choice of entertainment. All controls have also been consolidated into the Rear Multi Operation Panel for greater convenience.
On safety, both models are equipped with 12 SRS airbags as well as Lexus Safety System+ as standard. This suite of advanced safety systems is designed to improve preventive safety performance through driver alerts and semi-autonomous driving assistance. Driver aids have been further improved to provide additional safety and confidence.
The Pre-Collision System (PCS) sensors are now employed to include pedestrian and bicycle detection. In the event of a possible collision, the PCS will alert the driver and activate pre-collision braking if required. Also standard are Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with Stop & Go Function, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Additionally, the new Parking Support Brake (PKSB) function can detect static objects such as walls, guard rails or moving objects using sonar wave sensors. The new Active Assist for the seat belts also increases the effect of the pre-tensioner by winding up the seat belts using a motor if the vehicle detects a high possibility of collision.
“As the brand flagship, the Lexus LS500 offers an inspiring look at Japanese ingenuity and craftsmanship, fusing traditional and futuristic designs into a showcase on wheels. It continues to impress with its level of refinement, impeccable craftsmanship and superior engineering that can be admired every time its doors are opened,” said Deputy Chairman of Lexus Malaysia Mr Akio Takeyama.