New Lexus LS to Be Introduced This Month

Lexus will unveil the new 2013 Lexus LS 460, 460 L, 600h L and 460 F Sport models on July 30 in San Francisco. We're not sure whether to expect a complete overhaul or a mild refresh for Lexus' flagship sedan. The current LS, which debuted in 2007, is due for a total redesign; the model got a slight face-lift in 2009.

The current LS is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and several V-8 engines, including a V-8 hybrid option. Besides the exotic 2012 Lexus LFA, the LS is the brand's most expensive model, topping out at over $100,000.

The LS is the model that helped launch the Lexus brand back in the late 1980s. Since then it has matured, and most luxury-car shoppers now hold it in the same esteem as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

With the 7 Series undergoing a refresh for 2013 and a new fifth-generation S-Class expected later next year, an update for the Lexus LS is well-timed.

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