2013 Lexus LS revealed

2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport leaked image
2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport leaked image

Lexus has finally revealed full details about the 2013 LS flagship sedan.

After a couple of leaked photos and the first official images, we now have the full scoop on the upcoming 2013 Lexus LS luxury sedan that adopts a bolder design compared to the outgoing model.

The 2013 model year lineup for the company's flagship model includes the entry-level LS 460, followed by the LS 460L, LS 600h Hybrid and the newly introduced LS 460 F SPORT. While the LS 460 and the LS 460L come in either rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) format, the LS Hybrid is going to be offered exclusively with an AWD system.

The LS 460, 460 L and F SPORT draw its motivation from a V8 4.6-liter engine linked to an eight-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. The RWD model produces 386 hp (288kW/391PS) and 487Nm (367 lb-ft) of torque which allows it to achieve a 0-60mph sprint in 5.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). The AWD version sees the same engine's output limited to 360 hp (268kW/365PS) and 470Nm (347lb-ft) which extends the sprint time to 5.9 seconds.

The LS 600h Hybrid comes with a V8 5.0-liter engine producing 389 hp (290kW/394PS) and a peak torque of 521Nm (385 lb-ft). Lexus has fitted the hybrid model with an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). This conventional gasoline engine works together with two electric motors and the Ni-MH battery pack for a total power output of 438 hp (327kW/444PS). It does the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.

The aforementioned LS 460 F Sport has a more aggressive exterior look while inside the cabin features F SPORT seats that have larger bolsters. There's also an aluminum trim and a steering wheel wrapped in leather and features paddle shifters. Some of the sporty characteristics of the car include a 0.4-inch lowered sport -tuned air suspension, six-piston caliper Brembo brakes, along with 19-inch alloys with summer or all-season tires.

For the moment Lexus hasn't released any details about the price list for the 2013MY LS lineup.

San Francisco, Calif. - July 30, 2012 - With its dynamic handling, bold new design and superior craftsmanship, the 2013 LS flagship models hail the future of the Lexus brand as it embarks on its third decade in the premium luxury category. While retaining many of the qualities that have defined Lexus for more than 20 years, the LS reaches new heights with an exciting blend of beautiful design, modern refinement and advanced technology.

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.

The all-new LS 460 F SPORT combines a more aggressive exterior with a unique sport interior featuring F SPORT seats with larger bolsters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and genuine aluminum trim. With a sport tuned air suspension that has been lowered 0.4 inches, a Torsen® limited slip rear differential (RWD model), Brembo six-piston caliper brakes, and 19" forged wheels with summer or all-season tires, the LS F SPORT promises to be the most engaging LS ever.

The entire 2013 LS lineup is refined with dynamic, fresh styling that reflects the bold new face of Lexus. The aggressive spindle grille gives the new LS a greater road presence and stronger brand identity while heralding a significant improvement in driving dynamics, responsiveness and handling.

Increased body rigidity enhances stability, and allows for a more comfortable ride. Pitch and bounce control has been enhanced by adopting new frequency dependent shock absorbers, resulting in an even flatter, road-hugging ride. Revised steering offers improvements in accuracy and turn-in response. The braking system has been adjusted for more immediate power and greater pedal feel.

Available safety enhancements include the industry's most advanced Pre-Collision Safety (A-PCS) system with Collision Avoidance Assist. This system is designed to assist the driver in avoiding or mitigating collisions with vehicles and pedestrians under a wide range of city and highway speeds. 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 new, available Lexus Climate Concierge offers maximum comfort for every LS occupant. The customizable system uses multiple sensors to automatically regulate not only the temperature of the cabin, but also the climate control seats and the heated steering wheel, quickly bringing each occupant to their preferred temperature.

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 Remote Touch allows the user to operate the climate, audio, phone controls, navigation system and more. The screen menus are selected with a controller conveniently located within easy reach on the center console. A number of well-placed buttons on the steering wheel and instrument panel enable the direct control of frequently used functions (e.g. temperature setting, fan speed, preset audio stations, etc.)

Lexus Enform® with App Suite leverages the customers' mobile phone technology to provide a new level of connectivity and information management. Users can conduct local searches through BingTM, utilize voice-enabled apps to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com, tap into internet radio, including Pandora® or iHeartRadio, search business reviews on Yelp and check in on Facebook places. A one-year trial subscription is included for the App Suite.

Numerous stabilizing fins help the LS to be one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in its segment with a coefficient drag of 0.26.
Laser screw welding, body adhesives and other structural reinforcements increase rigidity and enhance stability, steering feel and handling.
New standard Drive Mode Select allows the driver to choose from 3 distinct drive settings (Eco, Normal and Sport). Vehicles equipped with the available air suspension add Comfort and Sport S+ modes.
The available Air Suspension with Variable Gear Ratio Steering automatically adjusts the damping force for optimal comfort and performance.
The available AWD system features a central, permanently engaged, Torsen Limited Slip center Differential (LSD) to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability.
Noise-reduction wheels channel resonant noise from the main air chamber to adjacent hollow areas within the wheels via resonator holes, resulting in an incredibly quiet ride.

The Advanced Pre-Collision Safety system (APCS) can detect stationary pedestrians and those moving at speeds of up to three miles per hour and stop the vehicle from a speed of 24 miles per hour if a collision with another vehicle is imminent.
Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) constantly monitors the distance to vehicles ahead and is capable of operating at any speed. The system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and accelerate away once the road ahead is clear
An upgraded, optional Lane-Keep Assist system (LKA) helps the driver stay in the intended lane.
New to LS, the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) uses rear millimeter-wave radar to monitor the vehicle rear side blind spots at 10 miles per hour or more. This feature includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which automatically operates when the vehicle is in reverse, alerting drivers to the approach of other vehicles when backing out of a parking place.
The Available Automatic High Beam system features a camera located in the inner mirror that detects light sources in front of the vehicle - including the headlamps of oncoming vehicles, the tail lamps of a vehicle ahead and street lighting - to automatically switch the high beams on and off accordingly.

Enhancements have been made to the sound insulation for an even quieter cabin.
Redesigned front seats minimize pressure peaks and increase support. Both front seats feature an improved standard heating and cooling system with larger heating and cooling areas and reduced heating and cooling times.
All AWD models including the LS600hL feature a heated steering wheel and Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heating elements which warm the front cabin area quickly after vehicle start-up. Windshield de-icer and headlamp washers are standard on AWD models.
The LS features a standard Lexus Premium Audio System with a nine channel amplifier, 10 speakers, CD / DVD player changer, DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, HD RadioTM with iTunes tagging, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXMTM Satellite Radio. Standard entertainment and connectivity advancements include enhanced Bluetooth® capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
The optional Mark Levinson Reference Surround System provides a 5.1 home theatre surround with 7.1 architecture , discrete circuitry, 15 channel, ML3-16 Processor Power Amplifier covering a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz, and 450 watts with less than 0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Luxury Options
Available Power rear seats with Climate Concierge.
An available Ottoman Seating Package with Shiatsu Massage and a Rear Seat Entertainment System featuring a Blu-ray DVD player, an SD card slot and a retractable, ceiling mounted, nine-inch full-color VGA screen.

Exterior Design
The inverted trapezoidal upper grille and slanted lower grille that were first introduced on the GS sedan have been combined and integrated into a single element on the LS to create a more prominent spindle shape.
When equipped with the optional three projector LED headlamp unit, the LS offers all LED exterior lighting, including turn signals an fog lamps
LS 460 F SPORT features a unique front fascia with an enhanced three-dimensional mesh grille, larger cooling openings, black grille surround, and round fog lamps. A chrome-plated bar running along the bottom edge of the rear bumper accentuates the lowered center of gravity. F SPORT exterior badging completes the look.
LS F SPORT offers six exterior colors; Ultra White is exclusive to F SPORT.

Interior Design
The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper Display Zone, with the large, 12.3-inch, LCD multi-display screen, and a lower Operation Zone, which allows access to system controls such as the second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
The driver's instrument meter cluster incorporates high-visibility, large diameter Optitron dials; a 5.8-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Multi-information screen; and an aluminum analog clock with a GPS-based time correction function.
The interior is offered in 5 color schemes: Ivory, Light Gray, Black, Black and Saddle Tan, and a newly available Topaz Brown.
Optional wood includes Walnut, Shimamoku Espresso, Matte Brown Bird's Eye Maple. The LS 600h L also offers an eco- friendly Bamboo wood trim.
The new, Shimamoku finish is an example of the finest traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Shimamoku, translated as "striped wood," involves the painstaking layering of angle-cut dark and light shaded wood veneers in a unique process which involves 67 manufacturing steps over the course of 38 days.
The LS 460 F SPORT features aluminum ornamentation and a unique interior, featuring a black Alcantara headliner.

48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.
Eight years/100,000 miles hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery-control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter.


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Comments (12)

elsonlau elsonlau
I thought it was entirely a new model. But yet it was just a facelift only. Overall, its nice. But the rear end it not outstanding.
Aug 8th, 2012 2:15am
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Justin.goh@hwaco.com.sg Justin.goh@hwaco.com.sg
Looks good
Aug 4th, 2012 3:56pm
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MatthewKeys MatthewKeys
lexus is forced to consequently think about their design so it's not easily copied by Hyundai, creating a form follows function philosophy. This is the way the Germans have approached design typically and produces a better result. But the japanese carmakers still don't put enough effort into the exterior package so they have stripped this down to a basic jelly bean shape with a copied Audi-esque grille.
Aug 1st, 2012 5:32pm
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eitanros1 eitanros1
6 years have passed and Lexus haven't changed the drivetrain totally?! doesn't seem as inspiring as 2006's entry. back in 2006 , Lexus introduced the 4.6L 380bhp 1UR-FSE V8 which beat the previous 4.3 V8 by 90 bhp. also, they introduced the 5.0L 439bhp 2UR-FSE world's first Hybrid V8 and 8-speed auto. transmission (world's first also). And what do we get now? brand new spoilers and LED headlights?? Some innovation...
Aug 1st, 2012 5:03pm
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rcw rcw
Most certainly not a groundbreaking design... and compared to your Audi A8, etc., it's especially lame, yet at the same time I am surprised that such subtle changes created a nicely different feel. Still not a heart rate inducer, but better enough than the previous design. Probably, in this market, and considering Lexus's clientele, it will take some time before we see anything revolutionary here. This is probably the best re-interpretation of what Cadillac used to be, and I do not mean that in a bad or condescending way.
Aug 1st, 2012 6:50am
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trapezius trapezius
Just some comments: 1) It is weird that the 4.6 litre makes 386 hp, and the 5 litre makes just 3 more hp. Keeping the same hp/litre, that 5 litre should be making 420 hp, for a total hybrid output of 470 hp. 2) Why does the AWD make significantly less power? 3) That limit of 130 mph is not for all markets, so it is pointless to even mention it. I guess it is mentioned because that limit is for the US market? 4) Before the leaks came out, I thought Lexus was bringing a new generation. Anyway, so since this is just a facelift, and a substantial one at that, that means the new generation won't come for at least 2 years...? 5) That tail light shape needs more character and design; looks too plain. Those angled red stripes inside the red lens are very trendy and nice, but won't be visible unless the lights are on (at night). 6) I LOVE that front end! Very aggressive, yet elegant looking. 7) Gorgeous prominently grained wood in the 5th picture.
Aug 1st, 2012 3:05am
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Nice car. Interior is good also.
Jul 31st, 2012 9:51pm
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taliz taliz
130mph? Why such a low limit? Bet that would be annoying on the Autobahn.
Jul 31st, 2012 9:18pm
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eitanros1 eitanros1
why not Li-ion for the hybrid?
Jul 31st, 2012 6:39pm
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sensei sensei
Wow, Audi has been outdone with a more electric razor looking front end.
Jul 31st, 2012 4:59pm
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Bozzor Bozzor
Styling wise, very underwhelming. I think I had my expectation shot into the to stratosphere with the Lexus LF-LC, and this is a pretty big let down. Still, it is a car for their most conservative buyer, so hopefully we will see a bit more passion with other models: we know they can do it.
Jul 31st, 2012 3:00pm
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CarlsonYong CarlsonYong
looks too much like the GS...
Jul 31st, 2012 2:33pm
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