2013 Lexus LS Information


2013 Lexus LS 460

Plenty of information to go through with the new 2013 Lexus LS — let’s start with the press release and some photos.


  • First-Ever LS F SPORT Offers More Engaging Driving Experience
  • New, Bold Signature Lexus Design Cues
  • New Instrument Panel with a High Resolution 12.3” Navigation Screen
  • Advanced Safety Innovations including Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Advanced Pre-Collision System

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.

2013 Lexus LS 460 Rear

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.

2013 Lexus LS F SPORT

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.

2013 Lexus LS F SPORT Grille

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.

2013 Lexus LS F SPORT Interior

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.

2013 Lexus LS Interior Navigation

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.

2013 Lexus LS Remote Touch

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 Bing™, 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.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Brakes/Tires

2013 Lexus LS Side Profile

  • 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.

Safety/Security

2013 Lexus LS Key

  • 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.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience

2013 Lexus LS Clock

  • 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 Radio™ with iTunes tagging, and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM™ 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

2013 Lexus LS Ottoman

  • 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

2013 Lexus LS Headlight

  • 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

2013 Lexus LS Interior Profile

  • 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.

I have plenty of photos from the debut event, and there’s plenty of information to go through as well — check back later today for more 2013 LS coverage!

Comments


  • F1

    I like it so far.. Very substantial update indeed

  • Ljn71

    It’s spindlelicious!

  • Brad

    Beauty unmatched!Have to say the LS(and the rest of the line up) & the LFA looked like they came from two different companies when the LFA first came out.You can now tell,they are DEFINATELY produced by the same company!There are so many elements that I like,but one thing I have to say,I’m so happy to see a new shifter in place of the gated one.Love the spindle look in the back!(not just a bold new face,but now some nice junk in the trunk!)

    Did you get any sleep after this late night event KREW?Definately appreciate all your dedication!

  • ziad

    I hoped it will far exceed the GS. It is fairly look like it.

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    What do you think, Krew?
    BD

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    “When equipped with the optional three projector LED headlamp unit, the LS offers all LED exterior lighting, including turn signals an fog lamps” … so there’s conventional headlight ?

  • F1

    Bi-Xenon projectors.. Which aesthetically are identical to the three LEDs..

    I’m not a fan of LED turn signals, they feel very artificial and they do not have that natural element of thr conventional turn signals..

  • DillonD

    This might sound odd, but I like everything about it but I wish they put the steering wheel like the GS, ES, and RX in it. I don’t like this one. 

  • Swickrem

    Hi Kevin,

    Has Lexus confirmed that this is a new generation? Thanks for all the coverage! 

  • :/

    any specs on the engine?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    So , they’re the same looks , but only internal is swapped from Bi-Xenon into full LED ? I prefer LED turn signal , they’re artificial feel but I like how it blink & it’s very bright even on daytime .

  • LSFT
  • http://about.me/juanmcm Martín Coppedè

    Well, I like this new model, but I must say that the interior not much, because is so similar to the GS, and the ES.
    Anyway, is a strong bet against the kits in Audi, BMW or Mercedes…
    I wanna see anything closer to this in the future in CT or other models with the signature of TMC. It can be so nice.

  • Brad

    It should be considered as such as half of it’s 6000 parts are all new to this new model.

  • heydrichmuller

    Can we have the EPA numbers?

  • Bobby

    I can happily say I’m quite impressed. I don’t know why they didnt use their new steering wheel (Maybe the high end LS needs a special one) but afar from that its definitely a leap for a heavily refreshed car. It will definitely keep sales up while we wait for a whole new LS. I reall like how that LS F-Sport sits pretty low in comparison to what I usually see from a LS. Overall, I love it, cant wait to test drive when they hit dealerships this fall!

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    They haven’t changed.  16/24
    BD

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    One touch open/close power trunk is part of the Comfort Package
    BD

  • Alex

    Love the hybrid’s bamboo trim, but the base 460L interior is a big disappointment. Pretty much like the rest of the car is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    I just realize one thing , on normal LS460 , the gear is listed as P-R-N-D-S … while F-Sport one is P-R-N-D-M .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastien-Kroetsch/550680597 Sebastien Kroetsch

    Very nice indeed. Anybody wondering about the engine and performance specs? I am. Is the engine unchanged from 2012? Any new technology under the hood? Don’t get me wrong we all like luxury and the new comfort features the 2013 LS has but the good old 4.6L V8 could easily push out more than 357hp(AWD) and 380hp(RWD) and should especially for the F-Sport package.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    Information from Lexus .

    Horsepower – 386 hp @ 6,400 rpm (AWD: 360 hp @ 6,400 rpm)
    Torque – 367 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm (AWD: 347 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm)

  • asdub

    superb!! truth be told – this is the first time I am really convinced by the spindle grille – it is the combination of the muscular hood – no bad break lines like the ES, and the stunning symmetry of the car’s face – wow – go Lexus – bring on the IS!! 

  • JoeMa

    I noticed that Lexus has already made a change to the 2nd generation Remote Touch controller. The controller used in the GS got more than a few negative reviews about being difficult to use and some even said they preferred the orginal controller. 

    Looking at the pictures of the Remote Touch controller in the new ES350 it appears Lexus angled the controller for a more natural position.

    And this new LS controller (see above) appears to be positioned in a more natural position for the hand. Lexus is paying attention!

  • Jerry

    Did they get rid of the auto-park feature? 

  • MT

    Inside and outside a very nice car. Looks strong, distinct and very “you know who is the boss”.

    But I have no idea why they haven’t reworked the engines. At least the 600h should have gotten the atkinson treatment. The only competition that is left with worse fuel consumption are the 12 cylinders. Even the non hybrid 750i bests the LS600h by about 10 percent on the european cycle.

    No one is gonna buy a hybrid if a standard gasoline engine consumes less. 

  • http://twitter.com/andyelvers Andy Elvers

    Sadly the LS will stay a very rare car in Europe.  What Europe needed was a car to take on the 730d and S350 and this is not it.  The return of the 460 non hybrid model will help in the UK but the CO2 will be so high only a handful of private buyers will go for it (which kills it as a company car option because of punitive income tax rates).
    The fact that Lexus haven’t bothered to apply the hybrid upgrades from the GS450h to the LS600h says volumes.  This is a figure head car that Lexus doesn’t expect anyone to actually buy.  No atkinson cycle and no re-stacked batteries.  The boot / trunk on the GS450h is now significantly bigger than that on the LS600h.  Sure the CO2 is coming down by 9% (to just under 200g) but the face lifted 730d is now 148g and it can out sprint the LS600h to 60mph.  Add in the fact the basic 730Ld is £61,000 compared to £90,000 for the basic LS600hL and you can see that the LS600h has no chance (that’s before anyone lifts the trunk and realises you cant get 2 full size suitcases in at the same time).
    If Lexus is serious about the LS they need a basic LS450hL costing less that £61,000 with a much bigger boot.  Drop the rear air-conditioning.  Drop the AWD.  Drop the electric rear seats.  Drop the semi-aniline leather.  Drop the rear entertainment.  Re-stack the batteries.  Specify 18″ wheels.  With the big weight reduction you should be able to match 148g.  Then you might have yourself a competitive car.
    One more thing.  The bamboo wood with the tan leather is vomit inducing!

  • Handy1008

    Ok Krew.
    The new LS looks hot! Unfortunately it isn’t all new. Looks like they updated
    it enough to drag it out a few more years without an all new model.

    Here’s
    the thing. (Or couple things). You still have yet to get back to us on why the
    App’s (amongst other features) aren’t available in Canada (GS), which leads me to ask…. how many of
    these options listed here on the LS are not going to be available in Canada?

    The last
    thing….. and I don’t really blame you, but… With Lexus providing you with a
    car to drive daily and travel…. I find it difficult to read all your comments
    without feeling your bias. No offense, I just find you have a hard time saying
    anything negative about the brand. (Not sure I would either if they gave me all
    that!  ;))

    All that
    being said, the site is very informative and I am generally a big fan of Lexus
    and your site.

  • Roberto Livo

    cool car