APART from the fact it’s the all-new flagship saloon we can’t tell you very much about the new Lexus LS.
It’s not that we’re being awkward, it’s just that Lexus is keeping the details secret until the official launch at the end of the year. We do know this is the fifth generation of the LS saloon and will follow the traditional Lexus path of being powerful, comfortable, and well-equipped. Beyond that we’re as in the dark as you are.
In fact all that has been revealed thus far is a whole host of safety features that will be available when the LS arrives. Not much to go on we admit, but if these are any indication then the LS saloon will be overflowing with the latest technology.
Lexus has taken the existing active safety package and added to it a little. Then added a bit more for good measure.
The existing Lexus Safety System + already offered a pre-collision system with pedestrian recognition, dynamic cruise control, lane departure and lane keep assist, and automatic high beam. The new system adds an A to the name – now it’s the Lexus Safety System + A – as well as a whole lot of upgrades to the technology.
The new Lexus LS will feature active steering assist that can support the automatic braking to steer away from obstacles and avoid collisions. This works in conjunction with the pedestrian alert system that monitors the road for people-shaped objects and ensures they are the priority when avoiding a possible collision.
Lexus CoDrive adds lane tracing to the active cruise control which can follow the lines on the road, or where the lines are faded it will follow the path of the vehicle in front, and assist the driver with little steering inputs to keep the LS on track.
There’s a new two-stage Adaptive High Beam system that uses individually controlled rows of LEDs that offer more control over lighting strength and distance. Essentially you can drive around with your lights on full-beam for longer so you can see further but you won’t dazzle oncoming drivers.
The Road Sign Assist uses a combination of cameras and the navigation system to relay traffic signs to the display and make sure you don’t miss any of those wallet-emptying speed limit signs that have migrated into the undergrowth.
Lexus has also upgraded the pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and dynamic cruise control to make them faster, smoother and more accurate. As an example, the lane departure system can now differentiate between Tarmac, grass, dirt, gravel and kerb stones to make sure you stay on the road even without the benefit of white lines.
As we said, we can’t really tell you any more until Lexus grace us with the details. Suffice to say when they arrive they should be equally impressive.
It’s unlikely Lexus has gone to the trouble of fitting all of this safety technology and then decided what the LS really needs is 1970s velour and a push-button AM radio. Safety technology may not be particularly exciting but if it’s any indication at all the Lexus LS is going to be a serious contender at the executive end of the company car market.
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