As opposed to the 2023 model, the aforementioned $3,100 gets you a standard wireless phone charger, head-up display, 12.3” multi-information display, and the Digital Key feature. Digital Key means that you and others can use your smartphones to unlock, lock, and start the vehicle. According to Toyota, Digital Key can be shared with up to seven guests.
Starting at $80,685 for the internal combustion-engined 500 and at $115,560 for the hybrid-assisted 500h, the 2024 Lexus LS will arrive in dealer showrooms later this year. The aforementioned prices include a $1,350 destination freight charge.
2024 updates further include a new exterior paint color dubbed Silver Illusion, which costs an eye-watering $3,100. It joins nine other colors, including optional hues priced at $500 and $595.
New wheel designs are in the offing as well, along with the Lexus Safety System suite and Bluetooth connectivity for up to two devices connected at any one time. The 12.3” infotainment system can register up to five in total. Cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Cloud Navigation, Intelligent Assistant, Traffic Jam Capability, Safety Connect, and Service Connect are fully standard as well.
Both the Luxury and Executive packages come with a leather-wrapped and wood-accented heated steering wheel. Executive models can be further spruced up with Kiriko Glass ornamentation and hand-folded pleats on the door trim. Out back, options worthy of your attention include heated and massage seats, as well as a passenger-side rear seat which can be reclined by as much as 48 degrees.
Those interested in driving the car instead of being chauffeured are presented with the LS F Sport, which flaunts larger brakes, nicer tires, rear-wheel steering, Active Stabilizer Suspension, and Variable Gear Ratio Steering. Unfortunately for prospective customers, the LS isn’t a wowzer under the hood.
As ever, we’re dealing with a twin-turbo V6 for the 500 or a naturally-aspirated V6 for the 500h. Both powertrains are outgunned by the V8s of the German competition. BMW offers a 4.4 in the 760i xDrive (starting at $121,300), whereas the Mercedes S 580 4Matic ($124,000) packs a 4.0er.
The 2024 Lexus LS does feature more forward gears, though. Both the 500 and 500h come with 10-speed units, albeit very different in their designs. To put it simply, the 500 features a torque-converter tenner as opposed to a four-speed auto and an electric continuously variable transmission for the 500h.