Lexus flagships land in Singapore

Ben Chia

Lexus heralds the arrival of the updated LS and LC Convertible in Singapore; pricing starts at $453,800 with COE for LS 350

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Lexus introduced two new flagship models to Singapore on Friday, with the updated LS luxury saloon and the LC Convertible being unveiled at an online launch event on Facebook.

The facelifted LS gets some mild updates, with slightly revised styling and an updated suspension setup for a more comfortable ride, as detailed in our news story last year.

Three variants are being offered, with the LS 350 model retailing for $453,800 inclusive of COE, and the LS 500h hybrid model going for a 100 grand more at $553,800 with COE. There is also a non-hybrid LS 500 with a 415hp 3.4-litre twin turbo V6 that’s available on an indent basis.

The specs for all three variants are illustrated in the table below:

LS 350LS 500LS 500h
Engine3,456cc, V63,445cc, twin-turbocharged V63,456cc, V6, hybrid
0-100km/h6.5 seconds5.0 seconds5.4 seconds
Fuel economy9.6L/100km9.5L/100km6.7L/100km
VES bandingC2C2B
Price with COE$453,800POA$553,800

Key highlights on the updated LS include a trick air suspension system that can raise and lower itself by up to 30mm, and allow for easier ingress and egress. The suspension has also been tuned to reduce stiffness, resulting in an even more comfortable ride than before.

Externally, the LS gets some minor changes, including a slightly redesigned front grille. The LED adaptive headlights also now incorporate Lexus’ BladeScan technology, which allows for broader and more precise illumination, while giving the headlights a sharp-looking L-shaped design.

Most of the features on the LS have been geared towards enhancing comfort for passengers, and these include 22-way powered rear seats with ottomans that can recline by up to 48 degrees. Front occupants are also not left out, as the front seats incorporate a Shiatsu massage function to soothe tired muscles.

In Japan, the LS is equipped with Lexus’ new Autopilot-styled Advanced Drive system, which can help the car navigate, change lanes, keep a safe distance, and overtake other vehicles. However, the system is not available on Singapore-bound cars yet, although local models will still include driver assistance systems like dynamic radar cruise control and pre-collision assist.

Also announced at the event is the LC Convertible, which retails for $554,800 with COE, and arrives some three years after the LC Coupe was launched here. The drop-top version of the LC features a soft-top roof that folds in just 15 seconds, and can be operated at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Like the coupe, the LC Convertible is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 that produces 470hp and 510Nm of torque, and allows the car to go from 0-100km/h in an impressive 4.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 270km/h.

Premium features on the LC Convertible include a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system that can adjust the sound quality accordingly depending on whether the roof is up or down, allowing for greater audio consistency. There are also the active roll bars that are activated in case of a rollover accident, while other safety systems include pre-collision system, lane departure alert with lane keep assist and dynamic radar cruise control.

The arrival of the facelifted LS and LC Convertible heralds the start of a busy period of product rejuvenation for Lexus in 2021, following on from launch of the new IS late last year. The ES is next in line to receive its own facelift in the second half of the year, and the second-generation NX crossover is expected around then as well. There’s also the brand’s first full battery-electric vehicle, the UX 300e, which should arrive here around mid-year.


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Ben Chia

CarBuyer's print editor went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben

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