Lexus have unveiled pictures of their new 2013 Hybrid-only LS expected to go on sale later this year.
Following internet leaks and a semi-debut in Moscow, Lexus have released pictures of the fifth generation of its popular saloon. Commentators are comparing the LS’s angular front grille to the company’s F-sport GS saloon and older LF-LC concept coupe. There’s a significantly redesigned hood, headlamps and bumper.
The new Lexus LS is, if we may, a little more eye-catching than its predecessors as the company, the luxury arm of Japanese company Toyota, hopes to attract a younger buyer to a brand more closely associated with the wide of waste and receding of hairline.
While Lexus’ LS600h, the company’s current flagship model, boasts a 4WD, 5.0-litre V8 and electric motor producing 439bhp – producing an impressive 30.3mpg, the new LS is expected to house a downsized engine, more efficient motor and greener output. The reason? Whispers that Transport for London is set to link congestion charges even closer to C02 levels.
The only other information coming out of Lexus is that there’ll be a standard LS 460, long-wheelbase LS 460 L and the hybrid LS 600h L, and LS 460 F Sport.
The new LS will stand toe-to-toe with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Porsche Panamera.