Lexus LS (2013) First Look

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.

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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.

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