Lexus is hosting the European premiere of the flagship facelifted LS sedan today, which made its world debut in early July.
As with the American spec model, the European Lexus LS offers updated design, new technologies and new equipment. We have already covered the styling section and there is nothing new to add as the Lexus LS Euro-spec is almost identical to the North American model.
However, unlike the 2021 LS sold in the US, the European model has only one transmission choice, the LS 500h hybrid. The customers of Western and Central Europe denied that the LS 500 variant is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine, however, this is not completely unexpected given the strict EU CO2 emission rules.
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Note that Eastern European markets (Russia, Ukraine, and other former Soviet republics) continue to improve the V6 with a revised 10-speed automatic transmission shift plan. The engine is also suitable for fuel injection control, while a new lip design on the upper surface of the piston ensures a rich mixture of fuel-air around the spark plugs and less noise, especially when the engine is cold.
Hybrid -Only In The EU
Returning to the hybrid model, Lexus says the LS 500h delivers responsive and even smoother driving characteristics thanks to the updated lithium-ion battery. The latter now offers an increased level of assistance to the electric motor and a wider operating range. According to the Japanese carmaker, the acceleration is smoother and more linear, while the engine can run at lower revs for quieter operation.
As with the US model, the 2021 Lexus LS sold in Europe has also been adapted for tires, adaptive variable suspension (AVS), roller brackets and even seat construction to improve comfort.
From a technological point of view, the face-lit LS receives the fully automatic Advanced Park system with a memory function that recognizes and saves the spaces that the driver uses regularly. The system is activated by cleaning the sonar and the camera with panoramic views, which provide a 360-degree view of the car environment.
The digital rearview mirror, BladeScan High Brightness Adaptive System (AHS) and pedestrian detection for 360-degree panoramic view monitor are also new. The information system has also been upgraded and is controlled by a new 12.3-inch touch screen for the driver. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.