Like the non-hybrid 2021 Lexus LS 500, the LS 500h has received a mid-life update for the new model year. Exterior changes are hardly noticeable, but they're there. Look closely and you'll notice slightly tweaked headlights that also now feature adaptive high-beams. There's also a slightly modified large spindle grille, sleeker taillights, and fancier Piano Black trim instead of chrome trim. A new 20-inch alloy wheel design rounds out the exterior changes.
Step inside and the interior will look quite familiar, but it hasn't been left untouched. For starters, there's a new high-resolution display for the rearview mirror while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. To make activating the heated seats and steering wheel faster and easier, there's now a button located on the center console. Previously, they could only be activated by using the touchscreen display. Improved comfort was a major focus, as the seats now have deeper stitching points and improved padding.
Lift the hood and the 3.5-liter V6 and hybrid system remain unchanged, with the sole exception being improved battery assistance that enables faster acceleration. Active Noise Control and Engine Sound Enhancement systems to help cut down on cabin noise are also new.
The Lexus Teammate driver-assist suite, consisting of two AI technologies that improve over time via regular software updates, Advanced Park and Advanced Drive, is being offered for the first time in the LS.
Lexus says sales will get begin in Japan in the next few months but won't get underway in the US and other international markets until 2021. Pricing will be announced at a later time.
3.5-liter V6 Hybrid