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.
The 2013 Lexus LS series will likely receive a complement of new features inside that add to the level of comfort and technology while also lightening up the vehicle in an effort to improve fuel economy. We can likely expect the fanciest version of the new Lexus Enform infotainment system that we have enjoyed in the new ES and GS sedans as well as every other luxury amenity that you could expect from a modern flagship luxury sedan. If I had to bet – I would expect that the interior of the new Lexus LS is going to be pretty impressive.
Lexus has been working to spread the sexy new spindle grille design across their lineup and with the LS series having been the vehicle that literally introduced the US market to the Lexus brand – we would be stunned if the new high end flagship luxury sedan doesn’t sport some form of the grille design of the new Lexus ES and GS. In addition to the new front end, we expect to see exterior refinements that add aerodynamics and style to the new LS. We can also expect to see lots of chrome trim (especially around and through the spindle grille) with big projection headlights and possibly LED lights in the front and back.
More information on the 2013 Lexus LS lineup will be available on July 30th when the new luxury sedan makes its debut but if more information becomes available ahead of time – you will find it here on TorqueNews.com.