It has been six years since the release of the current Lexus LS and we were beginning to wonder whether the lineup would ever see a facelift, but here it is and the first thing you will note is the restyled front end that incorporates the new Lexus face with spindle grille.
Changes to the front include redesigned headlights, front bumper and bonnet. Swing round to the rear and it’s a similar story with smoked taillights, a new bumper and some metallic stripes.
Inside, the interior has been given the once-over and the Lexus Remote Touch system has had a software update. The navigation screen has been upgraded and now measure 12.3-inches. Other than that, Lexus has put effort in making the cabin feel more upmarket and in-line with its high end competition.
Engine lineup remains the same but for a few tweaks to the outputs. The 4.6-litre V8 has been given an extra 5kW taking it to 288kW and 497Nm in rear-wheel drive models whilst the AWD only gains 2kW taking it to 268kW and 470Nm. Both models still use the eight-speed auto box.
Lexus has also worked at increasing the chassis rigidity in order to improve ride thanks to their new frequency dependant shock absorbers. Then they went ahead and tampered with the steering and braking systems in order to make the LS more of a drivers’ car.
The major change to the range is the addition of an F-Sport model that has some added mod cons to make it stand out. It gains muscle in the form of a different front bumper, scoopier side air vents, a rear diffuser, a slightly lowered suspension and a shiny set of 19-inch rims. Inside the F-Sport it has two-tone leather seats, some aluminium trim pieces and paddle shifters.