Lexus has been working to overhaul its entire model lineup, and the next model up for a refresh is its flagship LS sedan. Not only will we get an all-new model for 2013, but the automaker says the new LS will debut later this month, on July 30.
At this point, Lexus isn’t saying much more. The only other information it provides is that the 2013 LS will be available in the same LS 460, long-wheelbase LS 460 L, and hybrid LS 600h L versions as the current car; however, 2013 will also bring in an all-new LS 460 F Sport model. We expect the new F Sport to mimic other F Sport variants Lexus has recently introduced (notably on the GS and RX lines) with a mesh spindle grille insert, blacked-out trim details, and sportier suspension tuning.
We knew this car would be coming soon, as we spotted a camouflaged prototype of the new LS earlier this year. Lexus also teased the front fascia of the next LS in a video surrounding the 2013 RX's debut. (The teaser is pictured below with images of the current car.)
It had been expected that the LS would carry over its powertrains – with the confirmation of the new model names it's almost a sure thing that the 2013 Lexus LS will continue to use the same 4.6-liter V-8 and 5.0-liter V-8 paired with an electric motor (in the hybrid). Whether or not the horsepower will grow from their current 380 hp and 438 hp ratings, respectively, is yet to be seen, but the 2013 GS gained a few horses over the previous model despite using the same engine. Definitely expect to see a boost in the large sedan's fuel economy numbers: the 2012 model achieves either 16/24 mpg city/highway in V-8 guise or 19/23 mpg in hybrid form.
Stay tuned to Automobile Magazine in the coming weeks for more information leading up to the 2013 Lexus LS' introduction on July 30.