2021 Lexus LS: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - June 26, 2020

Model Preview

Since the Lexus LS sedan’s introduction in 2018, the flagship sedan has gone unchanged. Only being on the market for a few years, the 2021 Lexus LS is expected to be a carryover model. A possible fuel-cell variant could be introduced for the upcoming model year, as well.

On the outside, the 2021 model won’t stray from the current LS sedan. The striking design starts at the front with a gaping grille that takes up the majority of real estate at the front and sits in between razor-sharp, yet slim headlights. Along the side, the LS will continue to feature flowing lines and large amounts of chrome trim to stand out in the class. We expect the large dual exhaust outlets, large wraparound taillights, and round trunk design to carry into the 2021 model year.

When it comes to the cabin, the 2021 LS will continue to combine luxury, technology, and a few sporty elements to have an upscale design. An artfully crafted dashboard with flowing lines, an unconventional button layout, as well as real wood, metal, and glass trim are expected to be offered on the upcoming LS. On the tech side, the LS will feature a 12.3-inch display, Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and Lexus’ Enform app suite. We expect Lexus’ tricky Remote Touchpad controller to carry over to the 2021 model. A 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround-audio system and a 7-inch rear center-console touchscreen will continue to be optional.

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Lexus will continue to offer the 2021 LS in an F Sport trim that’s the sportiest of the bunch. It will come with a unique exterior design, 20-inch wheels, a performance-oriented digital instrument cluster, along with aluminum pedals and interior trim. The F Sport model will also come with 28-way front seats, perforated leather upholstery, and an Ultrasuede headliner. Performance parts on the current LS F Sport include four-piston rear brake calipers, 14.1-inch ventilated rear discs, and F Sport-tuned adaptive suspension.

For 2021, the LS’ powertrain options will mirror the ones offered on the current sedan. The base engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard with the base engine. All-wheel drive is available with the powertrain.

A hybrid LS 500h will also be available for 2021. The hybrid version comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that’s paired to two electric motors for a combined output of 354 hp. A continuously variable automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard with the hybrid engine. All-wheel drive is also offered.

A possible fuel-cell powertrain could be introduced for 2021, though Lexus hasn’t made any plans public.

The 2021 LS will come with Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard. The suite includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. An active steering assist system, lane change assist, and front cross-traffic alert will be available.

Pricing & Release Date

Based on past years, Lexus will introduce the 2021 LS in the fall of 2020.

Depending on the extent of the refresh, it’s likely pricing will increase slightly compared to the current LS. Currently, the LS ranges from $76,475 to $82,475 (prices include destination). The LS Hybrid currently starts at $81,035.

This large luxury sedan competes with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, and Genesis G90.

Learn more about the current LS on sale now »

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