Lexus has announced updates to its flagship LS 500 and LS 500h sedans for 2023 with the latest connectivity technology and improved user interface to bring it in line with the brand’s latest line-up.
Part of the updates include expanded Lexus Connected Services and more multimedia and remote functions. Wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard on the LS, along with wired Android Auto.
Customers will now interact with the most up-to-date multimedia system through a 12.3-inch touchscreen display in the centre console instead of the previous touchpad. “Hey Lexus” voice recognition function also makes its debut on the LS, which allows occupants to interact with the vehicle through conversational language.
In addition to the existing LS safety and security features of Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Call and Stolen Vehicle Tracking, the upgraded LS now adds benefits such as Lexus Multimedia Connect which synchronises the Lexus Connected app with the multimedia system to offer cloud-based connected navigation with live traffic, weather, parking and map updates, location searching, and first- and last-mile routing.
Lexus Status Connect features offer a wealth of vehicle data and information all accessible at the owner’s fingertips, including odometer and fuel level readings, remaining range, the vehicle’s last known location, vehicle diagnostics data and recent trip details.
Owners can also now remotely check whether the doors, windows, boot and bonnet are closed and locked, and receive alerts if unlocked or open. Tyre pressure status can also be remotely monitored and hazard lights activated by a press on a smartphone screen.
Finally, Lexus Remote Connect features allow owners to remotely start the car’s engine and lock/unlock the doors.
Another new feature is the updated Panoramic View Monitor which now has a new underbody transparent display function.
Exterior changes are minimal with deletion of the Lexus badge on the boot lid, deletion of Hybrid badge on the lower rear doors, deletion of blue hue from the Lexus brand logo badge and ‘500h’ model name badge.
The LS 500 continues to be powered by the 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine producing 310kW and 600Nm from 1600-4800 rpm, while the LS 500h features a naturally aspirated V6 of the same capacity with a multi-stage hybrid system offering 264kW.
These subtle but significant enhancements to the LS 500 and LS 500h follow a comprehensive update in February 2021.
The revised LS 500 and LS 500h are now on sale priced from $195,920.
|Price (excluding on-road costs)
|LS 500h F Sport
|LS 500h Sports Luxury
|LS 500 F Sport
|LS 500 Sports Luxury