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Next generation Lexus LS to debut on July 30th with 4 new models

Toyota Motor Co has announced that the next generation of their Lexus LS full sized luxury sedan will make its formal debut on July 30th at an invite-only event n San Francisco – introducing the new flagship with four trimlines including an F Sport package and a hybrid option.

The announcement from Toyota was very brief, simply explaining that the next generation Lexus LS would be introduced at an invite only world premier event at an undisclosed location in San Francisco California. They went on to explain that the 2013 Lexus LS series would include the LS460, the LS460 L (long wheelbase), the LS600h L hybrid and the all new LS460 F Sport. No details have been offered but based on what we have seen in the new Lexus GS and ES lineups, we can take some guesses at what might be different for the 2013 Lexus LS.

The 2013 Lexus LS will offer three similar trimlines to the 2012 LS lineup, including the LS460, the long wheelbase LS460 L and the long wheelbase hybrid LS600h L. While there have been no details on the powertrain, Lexus could stick with the same pair of V8s for the 2013 model year with improvements in fuel economy and performance with the LS460 possibly packing a 4.6L V8 and the LS600 pulling power from a 5.0L V8. We would also expect that the LS460 models would be powered by the same 8-speed sequential automatic that is offered in the current LS lineup and although this first official press release makes no mention of all wheel drive – we would fully expect that to arrive in the lineup at some point.

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