Lexus has upgraded its flagship LS saloon range for 2023.
The principal change is the adoption of a new Link Pro multimedia system with additional functions and seamless connectivity. Fitted as standard to all versions, it has a central 12.3-inch high definition touchscreen, operated by voice commands or by smartphone.
A new “Hey Lexus” on-board assistant responds to voice commands to search the internet, make calls and operate the audio or climate control. The system also allows wireless smartphone connection using Apple CarPlay, or a cable connection to access Android Auto.
Multimedia software updates can now be delivered over the air.
The Premium Link app gives access to more useful features, such as remote operation of the air conditioning system to warm the cabin or defrost the windscreen prior to a journey, locking and unlocking the doors and activating the hazard lights. The app also provides driving analytics, warning light information and advice on hybrid car driving techniques, as well as a “find my car” search function. A four-year connectivity subscription is provided as standard.
A package combines cloud based, current traffic, road and parking information from a new premium connectivity service and an embedded, always connected navigation system.
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A new under-floor see through view function has been added to the panoramic view monitor. This displays conditions beneath the vehicle and the position of the wheels. A parking assist monitor aids spatial awareness during reversing by showing the vehicle centre line.
These features are accessed by switches on an updated centre console. The new multimedia system dispenses with the remote touch interface, so switch locations have been changed making them easier to use. The centre console shape has been refined so a smartphone can be stored, without needing to open or close a lid.
First deliveries to UK customers are expected in March.