Lexus South Africa has confirmed its refreshed LS flagship sedan will hit local roads in the second quarter of 2021.

While the Toyota-backed firm’s local division has yet to announce detailed specifications, it has confirmed the updated fifth-generation LS line-up will comprise two derivatives at launch.

The outgoing, pre-facelift LS range, of course, is also made up of two variants in the form of the LS500 and the LS500 F Sport. Both employ the Japanese company’s 310 kW/600 N.m turbocharged 3,5-litre V6 petrol engine, driving the rear axle via a ten-speed automatic transmission.

While we expect this six-cylinder powerplant to carry over largely unchanged, Lexus has made some minor alterations that it says lead to “improved initial engine torque” and “greater acceleration response”. The gearbox, too, gains “improved shift timing and a wider acceleration range for each gear”.

Lexus furthermore says the mid-cycle update sees an elevation the sedan's “levels of comfort, quiet and overall refinement”. Inside, the automaker has added a new 12,3-inch touchscreen (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality) for “improved operability”, while the seat coverings now employ “deeper stitch points” and the underlying seat pads feature “low-resilience” urethane.

In South Africa, the updated LS will ship standard with the brand’s seven-year/105 000 km warranty and maintenance plan. Local pricing will be released closer to the launch.