The Japanese luxury carmaker has made some much-needed upgrades to the 2022 Lexus LS, including a large touchscreen inside.
The Lexus LS may not be the most popular luxury sedan, especially in recent times. Nonetheless, the Japanese carmaker still nurtures its flagship model, which just received a plethora of upgrades. With a new touchscreen (finally) and some suspension tuning, the company looks to bring more value to its 2022 Lexus LS.
Lexus improved the exterior with new headlight units and daytime running lamps. Other subtle improvements include a dark grille and tweaks to the front bumper. There is also a new Iridium shade coming into the pool of colors.
As mentioned above, the 2022 Lexus LS finally now comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen. In previous editions, the driver needed to interact with the system through a clunky laptop-like touchpad. While it used to be quite innovative, the system felt outdated nowadays, to say the least. Especially, since all key competitors were already offering a sleek touchscreen.
The cabin’s design and quality of the materials used were already top-notch, though. However, Lexus didn’t rest on its laurels and made some improvements there as well. Specifically, the seats now have better cushioning, and there is more padding on the armrests, providing a comfortable and cozy feel in all seating positions. Along with the improved infotainment system, it should contribute to a better driving experience.
Another significant change is in the ride quality. Lexus wanted to make the current-gen LS better in corners, and it succeeded quite well. Nonetheless, stiffer suspensions also bring a stiffer ride so the sedan lost some of its suppleness.
Fortunately, the carmaker addressed the issue on the new-gen model by tweaking the suspension a little further. Lexus engineers revised spring and damper rates while also employing larger liquid-filled bushings. According to Lexus, the changes ensure a more comfortable ride, with even better handling. An upgraded adaptive variable suspension is also a part of the package, offering better maneuverability.
Under the hood, Lexus hasn’t replaced the engine but still made some improvements. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 still produces 416 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque, but thanks to redesigned pistons, it’s quieter and burns cleaner. The upcoming LS also received an upgraded 10-speed automatic transmission tuned for increased responsiveness.
The LS Hybrid was also fine-tuned a little more. The gas-electric powertrain still produces 354 HP, but the transmission has a different shift logic. Interestingly, Lexus still uses the CVT/Planetary gearbox combo with ten gears.
The redesigned LS will hit the market later this year, starting at $76,000 for the gas model. Buyers interested in even better traction will need to pay $3,250 more for the AWD variant. Unfortunately, Lexus didn’t give any pricing details on the LS Hybrid.
Full press release here.