Lexus will update its LS limousine for 2023 – with the new flagship model range featuring the Link Pro multimedia system.
Fitted as standard to all LS versions, the system enables everyone on board to interact with it through a central 12.3in high-definition touchscreen, by using voice commands, or remotely using their smartphone. The new “Hey Lexus” on-board assistant responds smartly to voice commands to search the internet, make calls and operate the audio or climate control. The system also ensures a wireless smartphone connection using Apple CarPlay, or a cable connection to access Android Auto. Multimedia software updates can now be delivered over-the-air, so there is no requirement for the LS to be taken to a service center to gain the latest functions.
Using the Lexus Premium Link app gives access to more features, such as the remote operation of the air conditioning system to warm the cabin or defrost the windshield 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 Lexus Premium Link connectivity subscription is provided as standard on all new LS models.
The new Premium Connectivity service and an embedded “always connected” navigation system have been included to reduce driving stress through combining cloud-based, up-to-the-moment traffic, road and parking information. Drivers can maneuver the car using the under-floor see-through view function on the Panoramic View Monitor. This displays conditions beneath the vehicle and the position of the wheels. The Parking Assist Monitor aids spatial awareness during reversing by showing the vehicle’s center line.
These features are accessed by switches on an updated center console. The new multimedia system dispenses with the remote touch interface, so switch locations have been changed making them easier to use. The center console shape has been refined so a smartphone can be stored, without needing to open or close a lid.