In , the Lexus LS got renewed getting in line with the automaker's latest design language and technology. Visually, the luxury sedan adopted the sharp flowing lines of the other models in the range along with all LED lights, new rims, colors, and the instantly recognizable spindle grille garnished with chrome and an intricate mesh. The interior is also new while coming with even better While the GS and IS were completely redesigned from the ground up, Lexus decided the LS could continue into the model year with just a facelift. And so, the flagship model went under the knife and emerged with a spindle grille, updated interior and even the F Sport package. Under the bonnet, the LS continues with a choice of two powertrains.
For the first four generations, all LS models featured V8 engines and were predominantly rear-wheel-drive , with Lexus also offering all-wheel-drive , hybrid , and long- wheelbase variants. The fifth generation changed to using a V6 engine with no V8 option, and only one length was offered. As the first model developed by Lexus, the LS debuted in January with the second generation debuting in November In for the model year , the fourth generation LS debuted the first production eight-speed automatic transmission and an automatic parking system. Development of the LS began in as the F1 project, the code name for a secret flagship sedan.