TORONTO, ON–The 2021 Lexus LS looks to build on the success of the all-new LS that launched in 2018, adding additional refinement and technology to an already strong dynamic package. For the 2021 model year, Lexus engineers focused on elevating the LS sedan’s levels of comfort, quietness and overall refinement to help balance a range of new dynamic enhancements dictated by the brand’s Lexus Driving Signature. This philosophy applies detailed tuning, thoughtful component updates and control surface upgrades to help drive Lexus products to a new standard of vehicle control, balance and, ultimately, driver confidence.
The 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine on the LS 500 offers the output one would expect in a flagship sedan: 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The LS 500 AWD delivers a 0-100 km/h time of 4.9 seconds. The driver can tailor powertrain response and feel by choosing from Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport S or Sport S+ modes. The standard AWD system features a Torsen® limited-slip center differential to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability. The torque distribution can vary from 31 percent front / 69 percent rear on dry roads to as much as 48 percent front / 52 percent rear on slick surfaces.
The LS 500h (the “h” referring to hybrid) uses a Multistage Hybrid System that combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators powered by a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. Combined system output of the internal combustion engine with the electric traction system is 354 hp, enabling the LS 500h AWD to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds.
For 2021, a new Palomino Leather interior and anew the new 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen provide additional control options for driver and passenger. All LS models for 2021 come standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility which allows Guests to access their favourite smartphone features on the 12.3-inch touchscreen display. New for 2021, all LS models are compatible with the Lexus App, which includes a three-year trial to Enform Remote. This allows Guests to start and stop their engine, lock and unlock their doors and more through their smartphone, Amazon Alexa™ or Google Assistant™ enabled devices and select smartwatches.
The 2021 Lexus LS 500 will begin arriving at dealerships in late November of 2020, with a starting MSRP of $104,750. LS 500h models are expected to arrive at dealerships in early 2021, with a starting MSRP of $133,900.