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2018 Lexus LS Global Launch Press Kit

  1. LEXUS REIMAGINES GLOBAL FLAGSHIP SEDAN
  2. BODY AND PLATFORM - CRAFTING A NEW IDENTITY
  3. VEHICLE DYNAMICS - ENHANCED AGILITY
  4. POWERTRAINS - LS DEBUTS ALL-NEW TWIN TURBO V6
  5. INTERIOR - TRADITION INSPIRES PROGRESSIVE DESIGN
  6. LS F SPORT - RAISING THE BAR FOR DYNAMICS
  7. NOISE TUNING - THE SOUNDS OF NEAR SILENCE OR STIRRING MUSIC
  8. SAFETY TECHNOLOGY - LS FEATURES LEXUS SAFETY SYSTEM+

LEXUS REIMAGINES GLOBAL FLAGSHIP SEDAN


Radical new design with coupe-like silhouette, yet spaciousness of prestige sedan
New platform for greatest-ever LS agility and comfort
All-new twin-turbo V6 with 310 kW and 600Nm
10-speed automatic transmission
Lexus Safety System+
New level of flagship luxury in every aspect
Interior inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics
On sale in Australia in April 2018

Lexus' all-new, fifth generation LS flagship sedan, which will launch in Australia in April 2018, will build on the leading levels of powertrain smoothness, ride quietness, craftsmanship, attention to detail and documented dependability that are famous of the LS nameplate.

The new LS in particular reflects a strong, uniquely Japanese identity and approach to flagship luxury.

"Not only will the LS symbolise the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture," said Toshio Asahi, chief engineer of the new LS. "As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car."

Longer, lower, wider and more exciting

Longer and lower than the model it replaces, the all-new LS debuts a strikingly sleek and bold design with a coupe-like silhouette punctuated by the unique Lexus design language. A new driver-centric performance feel stems from building the LS on the company's all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L). This premium rear-wheel drive platform, an extended version of the one used for the stunning new Lexus LC 500 coupe, offers a more dynamic driving experience while further elevating renowned Lexus comfort.

The original Lexus LS won acclaim by anticipating what luxury customers would want, rather than by simply amplifying what established luxury automobile brands offered at the time. In that spirit, the 2018 LS sedan's spacious cabin, unique appointments, and visionary technology will once again surprise customers by resetting expectations for a global flagship sedan.

"We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals," said LS chief engineer Asahi. "The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis - people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn't turn their heads with a conventional premium product."

A flagship reborn

The original LS launched the Lexus brand; the all-new 2018 LS is a critical touchstone in advancing the brand's more dynamic direction. Each generation of LS sedan leading up to the all-new 2018 iteration has advanced the state of luxury, craftsmanship, performance and safety in its own way. The most recent also introduced a far more emotional design and engaging on-road performance, setting the stage for its even more dramatic successor.

To create the 2018 LS, Lexus took the approach of starting from new, reimagining what a flagship sedan should be, as if launching the brand once again. The goal was not to improve on what Lexus has done, but to exceed expectations of global luxury customers.

A common thread through all LS models remains: Omotenashi, the concept of Japanese hospitality. Applied to a luxury vehicle, it means taking care of the driver and passengers, anticipating their needs, attending to their comfort and helping to protect them from hazards.

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BODY AND PLATFORM - CRAFTING A NEW IDENTITY


Lexus designers took full advantage of the new platform, with its lower profile and length on par with that of a prestige long-wheelbase sedan, to give the new LS a stretched, ground-hugging appearance.

Compared with the outgoing LS, the new model is approximately 15 millimetres lower, while the bonnet and boot are approximately 30 millimetres and 40 millimetres lower respectively.

Following the "Yet" philosophy that has been passed on since the first-generation LS, Lexus created a design offering the room and comfort of a prestige "three-box" sedan, yet with the more striking coupe-like silhouette that holds stronger appeal for many of today's luxury customers.

The new LS is also the first Lexus sedan with a six-window profile, which enables excellent outward visibility. Also a first for a Lexus sedan are the flush-surface windows that smoothly integrate with the side pillar.

The unique rendition of the spindle grille mesh with a texture that seemingly changes depending on the light is the result of both intense CAD development and hand-adjusting thousands of individual surfaces.

Flanking the unique grille, the narrow slit-like 3-projector lamp merges with an L-shaped LED lamp that wraps broadly around to the side to give the front of the LS a resolute gaze.

The coupe-like silhouette is not due solely to the fastback roof style. Maximising the GA-L platform's low form, the pillars of the cabin taper from the central position of the occupants.

Together with the contrast between the pulled-in doors and the front and rear fenders that flare away from the central position of the occupants, this creates a dynamic form.

A front-to-rear shoulder line gives the vehicle's basic posture a low stance with a horizontal axis and a bold appearance. Additionally, the axes of the dramatically flared front and rear fenders are slanted forwards, creating a dynamic impression that evokes driving performance.

On all 2018 LS models, an outer slide-type moonroof preserves headroom with the lower roofline.

The 2018 LS debuts new 20-inch wheel designs for both F Sport and Sports Luxury variants.

The 20-inch premium wheels employ a brilliant appearance created using an electroplating technique known as sputtering.

The Sports Luxury wheel design features a hollow rim structure that helps reduce resonant sounds generated by the tyres.

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VEHICLE DYNAMICS - ENHANCED AGILITY


The new Lexus GA-L platform that underpins the all-new LS meets the challenge of delivering greater handling agility and performance feel without sacrificing comfort.

The GA-L platform is the stiffest in Lexus history, setting the stage for enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness.

The 3125mm wheelbase is 35mm longer than the outgoing LS long-wheelbase model. The new wide and low LS design optimises the centre of gravity and weight distribution.

Helping to provide the impressive ride and handling balance in the new LS is the latest generation of a chassis control technology, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), which was first introduced in 2005.

This system implements cooperative control of all available vehicle subsystems - ABS, Traction Control (TRAC/TRC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electric Power Steering (EPS), Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) and Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) to control basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll and pitch.

The all-new GA-L vehicle architecture that underpins the LS is the result of a completely new approach to engineering, materials and loads of the vehicle structure.

Rather than starting from existing vehicle platform and then figuring out how to modify it to fit the LS' shape and strengthen it to support contemporary chassis dynamics, Lexus engineers started with a clean sheet of paper - a blank CAD screen - in designing the new structure.

Examples of this can be easily seen under the bonnet, where new cast-aluminium suspension towers that support the upper spring seats and suspension mounts are visible above each front wheel.

Since aluminium and steel can't be welded together with conventional techniques, the joint attaching the aluminium tower casting to the steel body structure is made with self-piercing rivets and high-strength adhesive bonding.

Similar processes are used to secure the aluminium rear suspension towers to the body structure behind the back seats. Compared with structures with similar capabilities in steel, this technology is 42 per cent lighter at the front. In the rear the aluminium structure has 1.5 times the rigidity of steel with 50 per cent less weight.

In creating the new LS, engineers used lightweight materials including ultra-high tensile hot stamped steel and other steel alloys in critical areas with tensile strengths from 590 up to 1180 MPa and aluminium.

In fact, the 2018 LS has a high tensile steel mass composition of nearly 30 per cent, which more than doubles that of the previous-generation LS (14.1 percent). The new, highly rigid LS platform and the new twin-turbo V6 engine enable a more dynamic driving experience.

A combination of special body adhesive and the use of Laser Screw Welding, a proprietary laser welding process proven on other recent Lexus models, increases panel joint rigidity and gives the LS a feeling of exceptional strength and solidity.

Critical to its driving performance, the new platform lowers the vehicle's centre of gravity by placing most of its mass, including the engine and the occupants in positions more centralised and lower in the chassis. Special braces in the engine compartment, stiff aluminium front and rear suspension towers and other features help bolster the strength of key chassis structures.

LS models have long set benchmarks for suspension compliance, yet even here Lexus saw opportunity for further gains.

For example, the all-new multilink front suspension employs double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms to help allow for control of the smallest movements from the driver inputs and road conditions. This unique dual-ball joint arrangement optimises suspension geometry to increase wheel control and yield more precise steering response with better initial effort.

To reduce unsprung weight and aid agility and comfort, aluminium is used extensively in the suspension.

As with the previous LS, the all-new model offers an air suspension system that further refines the ride quality.

A new, more advanced version of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) continually adjusts damping control in response to driving operations and road surface conditions. "Continually" is the key word, because Lexus increased the damping-force switching levels from the previous model's nine to 650 in the 2018 LS. The result is faster, more seamless and refined operation.

The new AVS system effectively provides both shock isolation and a flat ride even on road surfaces with large undulations as well as small, rough areas.

The result is enhanced steering response and stability along with greater ride comfort.

As a real-world example, when driving an AVS-equipped 2018 LS in an urban setting over a rough surface, the system can increase ride comfort without excessively increasing damping force.

Yet, when the steering wheel is turned, damping force increases to suppress unwanted weight transfer and preserve flat cornering.

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POWERTRAINS - LS DEBUTS ALL-NEW TWIN TURBO V6


Lexus designed an all-new 60-degree 3.5-litre V6 engine specifically for the new LS that provides exceptional performance while delivering excellent fuel efficiency.

This new powerplant has an undersquare design for improved thermal efficiency coupled with twin turbochargers, and has benefited from the company's F1 technology.

This new LS engine is indicative of the more dynamic approach being taken by Lexus, offering V8-level power in a more compact package with efficiency and refinement.

The new LS engine offers the output one would expect in a flagship sedan: 310kW and 600Nm of torque, representing significant gains over the outgoing LS model's naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 (285 kilowatts and 493Nm).

The engine's long stroke, optimised 0.86 bore-to-stroke ratio, increased valve angle, straight intake ports and laser-clad intake valve seats developed using performance simulations based on F1 technology combine to yield high-level high-speed combustion technology and thermal efficiency.

The twin turbochargers were designed and produced in-house to control tolerances and quality. They achieve top-level mechanical efficiency by improving exhaust energy recovery using a curved turbine blade shape and increased blade length, along with die-cast compressor housings and improved surface precision.

Electric wastegates provide ultra-precise turbo boost control for seamless, lag-free power build-up.

The intercoolers are cooled by engine coolant for higher performance and efficiency.

A special version of Lexus' D 4S direct injection plus port injection system was developed to improve injection control linked to turbocharger operation.

Called D 4ST, this system controls new six hole direct injectors and the port fuel injectors to take advantage of the turbochargers and the high tumble ratio of the engine.

Twin water-to-air intercoolers reduce the temperature of air pressurised by turbocharging. The intercoolers are mounted on top of the engine, each in a direct path between its turbocharger and intake throttle to reduce volume and lag in the intake tract.

Remarkable powertrain smoothness, a Lexus hallmark, begins deep inside the cylinder block, where a ladder frame support for the crankshaft main bearings adds rigidity for low vibration. Redesigned engine mounts, electric wastegates and numerous other features also contribute to the engine's ultra-smooth characteristics.

The new LS 500 achieves a 0-100km/h time of five seconds. Perhaps more critical to driving enjoyment though is how Lexus tuned the engine and transmission to deliver instant acceleration and a constant build-up of torque toward the engine's redline. The driver can tailor powertrain response and feel by choosing from Eco, Normal, Sport S or Sport S+ modes. Just enough of the exhaust note can be heard to enhance the sporty feel.

The first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a premium passenger car, which debuted in the Lexus LC 500, is now also used in the new LS 500. It is a torque converter automatic, yet with shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions.

The wide bandwidth afforded by 10 closely spaced ratios is ideal for all driving situations. Using aluminium for the clutch drum, clutch hub and planetary carrier reduces rotating mass.

Coupled with shortened internal oil passages and smaller, faster shift solenoids results in quicker shifts. These improvements, plus a resin plastic transmission oil pan, yield a 10-speed transmission weighing the same as the previous 8-speed gearbox.

The LS features steering wheel shifter paddles. However, even drivers who might enjoy controlling gearshifts manually will be duly impressed by the automatic mode's advanced electronic control system. The artificial intelligence transmission logic (AI-Shift Control) anticipates the driver's input by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral-g forces to execute ultra-fast shifts.

For starting acceleration, the close ratios of the low gears and the short shift times enable a rhythmical and exhilarating acceleration feel. The high torque of the twin-turbo engine matches ideally with the higher gear ratios for effortless, serene highway cruising, yet very quick downshifts yield direct acceleration with no lag in G response.

To provide a direct feel while also supporting fuel efficiency, torque converter lock-up activates in all ranges except when starting off.

New LS hybrid

The 2018 LS hybrid takes an entirely different approach than the previous LS hybrid model.

The new Multi Stage Hybrid System, which debuted in the LC 500h coupe, combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two electric motor/generators and uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery.

D-4S direct fuel injection and lightweight valvetrain components allow a 6,600-rpm redline, with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (Dual VVT-i) ensuring ample torque across the engine speed range. Combined system output of the internal combustion engine with the electric traction system is 264kW, enabling the LS 500h to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds.

The new system is based on the electronically-controlled planetary continuously variable transmission of Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive coupled to an all-new four-speed automatic gear set at the output stage.

The two systems work together to expand the overall range of gearing and increase operation of the V6 engine across a wider speed range than previous hybrids.

In M mode, the two gearsets are controlled together to provide the effect of 10 ratios, giving the LS 500h a highly engaging driving feel and allowing the driver to shift through the ratios with paddle shifters.

The Multi Stage Hybrid System allows for more electric assistance at lower vehicle speeds, and it enables the LS 500h to operate with the petrol engine off for short distances at track speeds of up to 140km/h.

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INTERIOR - TRADITION INSPIRES PROGRESSIVE DESIGN


Lexus sought to instill the new LS cabin with luxury that welcomes and envelops occupants.

"I hope that when you open the door you'll experience an immediate, intuitive sense that you're looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before," said chief designer Koichi Suga.

New seating designs include 28-way power adjustable front seats. Combining electric motors with a new pneumatic control system allows fine adjustment of the entire seat with minimal weight and bulk, and heating and massage functions are included.

A warming function (spot heater) in the rear seat is a world first. Two dedicated heaters - located in the shoulder and lower back areas of the seat - warm these specific areas without warming a person's entire body.

The organically-shaped dash design clusters information displays at a uniform height to support the "seat-in-control" layout that emphasises the driver's ability to operate all systems without changing body posture.

Cabin couture

The Australian-spec 2018 LS offers a choice of four interior colour schemes in Sports Luxury grade, plus three for the F Sport. In addition, seven choices in interior trim are available, including the exclusive Naguri-style aluminium for the F Sport models.

Nearly all elements are upholstery-wrapped, and a high level of craftsmanship has been applied even to the finer details, resulting in an elegant finish with a sense of depth.

For example, the higher-grade seats feature quilting, and the perforation pattern on the F Sport front seats has the same L-shaped mesh pattern as the car's front grille.

The available L-aniline leather is the brand's most luxurious leather ever. It is made using only the top one per cent of carefully selected North American hides tanned by a special process to produce material that is 30 per cent softer than semi-aniline leather.

Inspired by Shimamoku wood patterns, the new forms that combine the artistic combination of natural woodwork and application of Japan's sophisticated sliced wood and laser-cutting manufacturing technologies are used for the new LS.

New interior ornamentations, including Crafted Latte, Herringbone and Laser Cut feature bolder contrasts between light and dark, giving the wood a more vibrant appearance.

Crafted Latte was inspired by a "blazing fire", and took more than a year to create. By layering the wood and applying a natural gloss coating to enhance the vibrancy of the grain, the resulting pattern gives the impression of a flickering flame.

Herringbone features wood mosaic craftsmanship similar to that used for decorating musical instruments. Natural wood pieces are individually handcrafted by a Takumi craftsperson to create a delicate, Lexus-original mosaic, with an L-motif pattern subtly blended into the herringbone design.

To create the Laser Cut wood trim, a cutting and forming technology is utilised to expose metal lines beneath the natural wood veneer that can be seen and felt.

Fusing storied craftsmanship and technology

A new approach to creating trim elements again turned to Japanese culture, combining traditional Japanese aesthetics with advanced manufacturing techniques.

This is reflected in signature touches, such as elegant interior ambient lighting inspired by Japanese Andon lanterns and armrests that appear to float next to the door panel.

Kiriko cut-glass ornamentation and hand-folded pleats (optional on the Sports Luxury grade) on the door trim perfectly illustrate the brand's "Innovative elegance through Japanese craftsmanship" and exemplify a true handcrafted approach.

The striking cut-glass ornamentation - a world first in a production vehicle - draws inspiration from Japanese Kiriko glassware. Traditional Kiriko patterns are created using a technique that involves hand-cutting clear colours and delicate lines in a piece of glass, which are then repeatedly polished to a soft glow.

For the 2018 LS, Kiriko master craftsmen worked closely with Lexus designers and engineers to duplicate the hand-carved appearance of Kiriko cut-glass using leading-edge laser data copying and polishing technology. For those not optioning Kiriko cut-glass ornamentation, the look of the cut-glass pattern ornamentation has been adopted for the display zone in front of the passenger seat.

The hand-pleated upholstery is produced using a process that took four years to develop, and that can be done only by human hands. A single cloth sheet is folded like origami paper, each fold carefully overlapped with the next, creating a dramatic pleated effect. The effect of the light and the three-dimensional upholstery creates an elegant space.

Integrated into the LS cabin is the next-generation Remote Touch Interface, designed to mimic smartphone operation and supporting handwritten input.

In addition to its 12.3-inch wide navigation display, the LS incorporates a standard 600mm color heads-up display (HUD) - the largest in the class - that projects a variety of information onto the driver's forward view.

Enveloping rear seat luxury

While making the new LS even more of a driver's car, Lexus also optimised the LS as a car in which to be driven, lavishing considerable attention to the rear seat. The rear cabin design creates seamless, enveloping continuity between the trim and seatbacks for passenger egress.

Options for heating and massage make the rear seat a welcoming environment. The power front and rear seat with Shiatsu massage and a raised ottoman of the Sports Luxury models offers more legroom than any previous-generation LS (86.3mm more than the outgoing model).

In addition, the seat behind the front passenger in the Sports Luxury grade can be reclined up to 48 degrees (largest angle in the segment), and can be raised up to 24 degrees to assist the rear-seat passenger exiting the vehicle.

"Relaxation Seats" with a warming function use air bladders integrated into the seatback and seat cushion. These are inflated to strategically apply pressure to the occupant's body, while also applying warmth to the shoulder and lower back areas. The occupant can select from three full-body programs ("Refresh", "Stretch" and "Simple") and four that target specific areas ("Upper Body", "Lower Body", "Shoulder"," and "Lumbar").

As the new LS is lower than previous versions, Lexus for the first time equipped the available air suspension with an access function.

Activated by unlocking the car with the smart key, access mode automatically raises the vehicle and widens the seat bolsters to welcome drivers behind the wheel.

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LS F SPORT - RAISING THE BAR FOR DYNAMICS


The F Sport versions of the all-new LS 500 and LS 500h will instill a more engaging driving spirit through carefully applied chassis tuning and enhancements while still emphasising exceptional comfort.

Lexus took full advantage of the new GA-L platform's inherent driving agility when developing the 2018 F Sport package.

Handling enhancements via the latest iteration of the VDIM system allows for integrated management of these chassis dynamics as a single system. Optimal control of these motions enables exceptional ride comfort, enhancing traction, safety and handling agility.

More of the platform's intrinsic performance capability is unlocked via exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels with 245/45RF20 front and 275/40RF20 rear tyres.

In addition, larger front and rear brakes - six-piston aluminium monoblock calipers on front around two-piece ventilated spiral-fin iron rotors 400 mm in diameter by 36 mm wide and four-piston calipers on 359 mm by 30 mm ventilated spiral-fin rotors in the rear, all with high-friction brake pads - serve to drive the car's dynamic message home.

Other dynamic features include the Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) system, Dynamic Rear Steering, and on LS 500 variants an Active Stabiliser. The result is a full-size premium luxury sedan that responds more like a sports coupe through corners without sacrificing renowned Lexus ride comfort.

The 2018 LS F Sport delivers a bold and aggressive exterior styling package.

An exclusive version of the spindle grille shows even greater intricacy in the design, as well as the brand's obsessive attention to detail.

CAD operators spent five months developing the F Sport grille to achieve the desired texture and interaction with light. Even then, they adjusted in excess of 7,000 individual surfaces to achieve the desired look and texture.

Special F Sport rocker mouldings along with the 20-inch wheels accentuate the rakish LS profile. Lexus infused the F Sport persona throughout the cabin, starting with the perforated-grill pattern on seating surfaces and Naguri-style aluminium trim elements.

F Sport 28-way electric/pneumatic seats with cushion length extenders brace occupants when driving through corners and ensure exceptional comfort no matter how long or brief the drive.

The driver faces a special F Sport speedometer and tachometer in a movable meter with a meter ring that slides to display information, an iconic design adapted from the limited-production Lexus LFA supercar.

Attention to detail shows in the aluminium accelerator pedal and F Sport shift handle and footrest, while the Ultrasuede headlining provides a finishing touch.

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NOISE TUNING - THE SOUNDS OF NEAR SILENCE OR STIRRING MUSIC


Lexus tuned the LS exhaust to convey a more authoritative tone yet also designed the cabin to ensure utterly quiet cruising.

New sound suppression methods further hush the environment compared even with the ultra-quiet previous LS models.

An Active Noise Control system quietens the cabin even more by detecting the sound of the engine coming into the vehicle and cancelling certain frequencies using antiphase sound from the audio speakers.

The serenity of the LS cabin provides an ideal stage for the audiophile-worthy 3D surround Mark Levinson QLI Reference Surround Sound System, which comes standard on all Australian-delivered LS vehicles.

The system offers an audio experience unparalleled in any Lexus with the use of Quantum Logic Immersion technology (QLI), Clari-Fi music restoration technology, 23 speakers in 16 locations (including the rear ceiling), and a 16-channel Mark Levinson Reference Amplifier producing the equivalent of 2400 watts with 0.05 per cent Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

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SAFETY TECHNOLOGY - LS FEATURES LEXUS SAFETY SYSTEM+


The all-new LS incorporates safety features based on the Integrated Safety Management Concept.

The concept focuses on analysing and optimising safety technologies for four main causes of traffic fatalities: accidents related to pedestrians, vehicle departures from roads and rear-end collisions.

"The LS is designed to be the top runner in advanced safety technologies," said Lexus LS chief engineer Toshio Asahi.

All versions of the LS are equipped as standard with Lexus Safety System+, a collection of active safety features that can help the driver avoid an accident, or help lessen the consequences of a collision.

The system uses a camera and a millimetre-wave radar to monitor the road ahead for potential hazards and collision risks.

This provides the LS with a Pre-Collision System (PCS) (designed to detect vehicles and pedestrians), All-speed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane-Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and a Sway Warning function, and Adaptive High-beam System (AHS).

Pre-Collision Safety System

Designed to detect the risk of an impact and operating in unison with warning and braking systems, the Pre-Collision System helps to lessen the damage sustained in a collision.

The system is designed to recognise other vehicles using data from a forward recognition camera and millimetre wave radar sensor.

If it determines that the possibility of a collision is high, pre-collision warning control and pre-collision brake assist control are initiated. If a collision is imminent, pre-collision braking control will be engaged to help reduce the impact of the collision, or help avoid it.

If the driver fails to react and the system judges a collision to be imminent, the brakes are automatically applied to reduce vehicle speed by up to 40km/h, which could potentially bring the car to a stop in order to help mitigate the force of an impact.

All-speed Adaptive Cruise Control

The same radar unit used by the PCS provides the LS with All-speed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This helps the driver maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, down to very low speeds and even to a standstill. Once the way ahead is clear, the LS automatically and smoothly accelerates to its pre-set cruising speed. If the car has been brought to a halt, the driver simply needs to press the accelerator briefly to reactivate the system.

Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Vehicle Sway Warning

The LS's Lexus Safety System+ package includes advanced Lane Keep Assist, which is designed to recognise when the vehicle is deviating from its lane on the freeway.

It helps the driver steer the vehicle safely back to its correct path, automatically providing steering inputs to keep the car within its lane.

Working with the ACC, it can operate even at very low vehicle speeds. The driver can also choose which alert they prefer (warning sound or vibrating steering wheel) and the sensitivity of the warning via the multi-information display. The system can also be switched off if desired.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses a camera on the windscreen to track the vehicle's course between lane markings painted on the road surface. If it judges that the vehicle is about to move out of its lane without the indicator being used, the system lights an indicator on the multi-information display and sounds the warning buzzer. It will also apply appropriate steering control force to help bring the vehicle back on course.

The system also includes a Vehicle Sway Warning function. This monitors the car's position in its lane and the driver's steering inputs. If it detects degrees of vehicle swaying, it will sound an alert and display a warning on the multi-information display, recommending the driver takes a break.

Additional safety technology

Two-stage Adaptive High-beam System (AHS)

The two-stage Adaptive High-beam System, which features eight LED lights at the top and 16 below (on each side), provides optimal lighting by way of separate on/off control of each row of LEDs, enabling finer control of light strength and distance compared with the existing LED-based AHS. This allows higher frequency of high-beam driving without blinding preceding or oncoming vehicles, thus improving night time visibility.

Panoramic View Monitor (with side clearance view and cornering view functions)

Side clearance view and cornering view functions have been added to the Panoramic View Monitor, which supports periphery safety checks. Side clearance view produces an image on the LS's 12.3-inch display monitor of the area in front of the car as if it were seen from an elevated point at the rear of the car. This allows the driver to more-intuitively confirm the space on the sides of the vehicle when passing by another vehicle on a narrow road or when moving toward the shoulder of the road to allow passage. When side clearance view is in operation, cornering view automatically produces an image of the vehicle as viewed from the rear at an angle in line with driving operation during cornering. This assists in confirming safety when making left or right turns on narrow roads and in preventing driving up onto the gutter when exiting the road.

Parking Support Alert (PKSA)

This Lexus first system features on all models of LS and combines three parking assist functions, including:


  1. Clearance Sonar

  2. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

  3. Rear Camera Detection (Lexus first)


The system detects obstacles around the vehicle, vehicles approaching from the rear, or rear pedestrians, and alerts the driver with a display indicator and buzzer. The system operates at low speeds and with a wide coverage area around the vehicle.

a) Clearance Sonar
The system detects static objects and alerts the driver with a buzzer and display indicator in the centre display and HUD (Head-up Display) or the multi-information display. In a Lexus first, the clearance sonar displays the direction and distance from the vehicle to an obstacle. The colour of the lines changes depending on the distance to obstacle.

b) PKSA RCTA
This Rear Cross Traffic Alert system detects vehicles approaching from the side at the rear, alerting the driver with a buzzer, linked display on the centre display and an indicator on the outer mirror.

c) PKSA Rear Camera Detection
The Rear Camera Detection system, which is new to Lexus, uses both a rear camera and a radar to detect pedestrians and alerts the driver with an indicator in the centre display, as well as a buzzer.

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