Finally, Lexus has unveiled the new 2013 Lexus LS Luxury Sedan. Arriving as a major overhaul of the current model, Lexus says the 2013 LS benefits from more than 3000 new components and improvements.
Among them, the brand says, are three world-firsts and 14 Lexus-firsts.
The new LS looks totally different, having shed its bland looks in exchange for more aggressive styling. The front end is a lot like that of the new GS sedan, which went on sale in February.
The 2013 LS will also have a sportier personality to match its new looks. Steering, suspension and braking systems have been tuned for more responsive feel. A stiffer chassis should help too, while also making for a smoother ride.
The 2013 LS line-up includes the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600hL hybrid, and the first-ever LS 460 F SPORT. LS 460 and LS 460L are available in RWD and AWD. The LS Hybrid is available with a full-time AWD system.
Engine output has been bumped from 380 hp to 386, and is routed through an eight-speed transmission (now with paddle shifters) and Torsen limited-slip differential. Lexus claims the F Sport’s lowered ride height, revised air suspension and steering, and Brembo brakes substantially improve the flagship’s handling.
The LS600hL hybrid, meanwhile, combines a 5.0-liter V-8 engine and an electric motor.
The RWD LS 460 completes the 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint in 5.4 seconds (AWD in 5.9 sec), the quarter mile in 14 seconds (AWD in 14.3 sec) and has an electronically limited top speed of 130mph (210km/h). Lexus quotes an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 16mpg city, 24mpg highway and 19mpg combined (AWD: 16/23/18).
Available safety enhancements include the industry’s most advanced Pre-Collision Safety (A-PCS) system with Collision Avoidance Assist. At speeds lower than 24 miles per hour, this technology helps the LS to avoid accidents by automatically bringing the LS to a full stop.
The driver-focused interior integrates modern refinement with intuitive technology. The Advanced Illumination System (AIS), an all-LED interior lighting system, illuminates to greet the approaching occupants and then fades in sequence with the vehicle starting procedure.
The standard navigation system is displayed on a 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display which is large enough to support simultaneous viewing of a large map display and other vehicle functions.
A next-generation Remote Touch, with one-push confirmation, is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive control of many vehicle systems.
The 2012 Lexus LS 460 was priced at $68,505, including shipping charges, at its release last year. We’d expect this model to be a tad bit more. Last year prices increased only about 1 percent across the board.
The 2013 Lexus LS will make its official debut on July 31. Sales will start later this year.
Key Specifications of LS 460 (North America market version; 460L specifications in parentheses)
|Length||5,090 (5,210) mm|
|Wheelbase||2,970 (3,090) mm|
|Engine||Type||4.6-liter V8 gasoline engine|
|Maximum output||288 kW [386 hp]/6,400 rpm|
|Maximum torque||498 N-m [367 lb-ft]/4,100 rpm|
|Transmission||8 Super ECT|
Key Specifications of LS 600hL (North America market version)
|Engine||Type||5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine|
|Maximum output||290 kW [389 hp]/6,400 rpm|
|Maximum torque||521 N-m [385 lb-ft]/4,000 rpm|
|Motor||Maximum output||165 kW [221 hp]|
|Maximum torque||300 N-m [221 lb-ft]|
|System||Maximum output||327 kW [438 hp]|
|Transmission||Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission|