2013 Lexus LS 460 interior - tanIt's been leak city for the 2013 Lexus LS line, allowing us to catch the exteriors of the LS 460 L and LS 460 F Sport from practically every angle. The spindle grille might be the most prominent story of the refreshed LS – otherwise there are no monumental changes to the body, but plenty of details did decide to wait for the Lexus luxury flagship's official unveiling in San Francisco.

As we've stated, there are now four flavors of LS from which to choose: the LS 460, LS 460 L, LS 460 F Sport in either or rear- or all-wheel drive and the AWD LS 600hL hybrid. All of them are more rigid thanks to additional body reinforcements and laser screw welding.

Inside, a 12.3-inch nav screen with split-screen capability immediately gets the eye's attention, and surrounding it is something we've not yet encountered in the LS: what Lexus calls "a driver-focused interior." The Remote Touch system places the 'mouse' controller next to the shift level, and in conjunction with steering-wheel controls can operate many of the car's features, and up to five driving modes are possible if buyers choose the optional air suspension. Shock absorbers have been redesigned to improve pitch and bounce control, the variable ratio steering is said to improve accuracy and turn-in and the brakes have been adjusted to provide better power and pedal feel.

Passengers haven't been left out of the pampering, with the Lexus Climate Concierge controlling the ambient temperature, seat temperature and steering wheel temperature to comfort each occupant individually. Safety gets a boost with an available new Blind Spot Monitor, in operation from 10 mph and part of a system that can detect crossing traffic behind the car when reversing out of a spot. Convenience takes a step up with redesigned seats, more sound insulation "for an even quieter cabin," which we weren't sure was even possible, noise-reducing wheels, and an optional Ottoman Seating Package with Shiatsu Massage, because, well, why not.

The LS 460 F Sport is the halo range topper meant to give the whole line some additional cachet. Its F Sport tweaks outside and underneath include being lowered by almost half an inch, a sport-minded tune for the air suspension, 19-inch forged wheels hiding Brembo six-pot calipers up front, and a Torsen limited-slip differential on the RWD model. Inside it gets heavily bolstered seats, paddle shifters and aluminum trim.

While we're waiting for official pricing, there are more details in the press release below and three galleries with high-res views of every nook and cranny.
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Lexus LS Flagship Luxury Sedans Redesigned For 2013 Model Year

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 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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.

Warranty
• 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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      Bobby
      • 2 Years Ago
      As the owner of a BMW, I pretty much find Bimmer the best at everything hahaha love my 540i (best designed, fun to drive) but I've noticed lexus is really stepping up their game. As much as I want to yell "overpriced Toyotas!" like I could a year ago, I don't feel that it really is anymore. I find the new cars to be much more separated from toyota (at least GS, LS) than before. The first LS that I dont think is Camry XL. I will probably test drive an LS, but seriously bravo Lexus, youre getting there.
        jase.s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby
        The first generation LS set the standard for the segment. Lexus kind of let us down when they barely improved the drivetrain in the past twenty years, but hopefully they Toyota's new CEO changes that. The rest of the car (body, interior, suspension) has kept up with the times, but the new grille is a little too polarizing.
        TheLeadFoot
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby
        BMWs certainly haven't being doing very well at making attractive cars or class-leading interiors though...great to drive, terrible to look at.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully the PR/Marketing spin is correct about the LS getting more dynamic. Lexus has their chance now since the larger BMWs are moving in their barcalounger direction.
      wickedme91
      • 2 Years Ago
      12.3" should be one of the largest LCDs in a production car. I remember seeing some upto 17" , but those where custom or concept vehicles
      sparkkpark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big fan of the exterior.Very nicely done.But not for the interior.ES is much better.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man that front end is hideous. Actually it's just that nasty grill. Clean that up a little bit and make it look less like a piece of fiberglass you'd purchase out of the back of a Kit Kar magazine and you'll have a nice vehicle. I've had an LS before and would buy one again but that nose is a deal killer.
        Lexusboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        The extremely aggressive grille will be a bit too much for many existing & new Lexus customers, including myself. I would consider buying a used 2009 LS600hL instead of this.
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks too much like the Nissan Altima............they need to get more original. Last one I like was the 2000 model. After that they copied all the styling cliches of every other car maker.
      gare
      • 2 Years Ago
      The interior is so cheap (for this class). The wood looks awful, very bad taste in color combinations, and some switches are directly form an old corolla. Not even close to its german competitors.
        TheLeadFoot
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gare
        That's the main thing that's always struck me about Lexus interior...their switchgear looks very much like it could be in a Corolla. If you look at the switchgear in the new A8 you'd see how different the details are done in a truly upper-echelon vehicle. Lexus uses some great materials in very visible parts like their wonderful leather and very nice wood...it's when you start to look at the other things that the whole thing begins to fall apart when compared to the Germans. At least for now.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gare
        I agree. It's nowhere close to the German competitors. It leaves them far behind in quality, class and luxury. I just hope that Mercedes, Audi etc will catch up in five years, by which time Lexus would have redefined luxury again.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gare
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        Jonathan Wayne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gare
        I don't know what world you live in, but Lexus interiors have never been cheap. I would argue they have the best leather out there for any car under $150,000 and their wood looks beautiful.
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gare
        German interiors will age if you look at it the wrong way.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      As someone who would rather drive the BMW, I still don't get why people just hate Lexus. Anyone who has actually driven or sat in a 7 series and an LS knows that the BMW isn't so luxurious. The mercedes is, but its not reliable. You know what? I don't care. I'd rather drive a less luxurious more driver-oriented BMW. That doesn't mean the LS is better or worse. Its clean, reliable, plenty luxurious and will sell quite well to those who enjoy what Lexus offers. That may not be your or my cup of tea, but some of you are clearly just hating with no basis.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        Also, love the ignorant folk who see any positive comment and immediately downvote it.
        Pitt05
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        That's an easy question, the people who hate Lexus (like me) realize that the people at Toyota created "Lexus" about 100 yeas after Mercedes (a little less for Audi, about 90). They proceeded copy them (MB especially) and then a mass audience of people who really know nothing about cars claim that Lexus is as good as or even better MB, Audi or BMW, which is simply not true. As far as I am concerned, a Lexus is for the poser who wants a status symbol (and just loves that fabled Japanese reliability), and the brand suits them perfectly. And yes, German luxury brands are bought by people who just want a status symbol, but they also have the heritage and racing pedigree that also appeals to the true automotive connoisseur. So they you go, enjoy your BMWs.
          James
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pitt05
          People buy German cars for the status? Maybe that's true for some people, but for others, they buy the car because they want it for how it drives, looks, and feels. They don't care about the badge (Ex. Hyundai Equus buyers).
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pitt05
          Plus 1, but still: So would you hate BMW and MB because they copied Ford's assembly line? That goes beyond vehicles, that's whole operations based on someone else's innovation. I do agree with you on many levels - I don't see passion in Lexus that stems from so much history as European OEMs have, and I don't think they will ever quite capture the Euroepan automotive passion, but the Japanese hit on something that their European counterparts did not think of, or care to consider, which is reliability. When everyone else laughed at TQM (which was a philosophy created in the US) the Japanese took it like a bible, mastered it and beat everyone else. You do have to give them credit where it is deserved.
          Spellchecker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pitt05
          All this talk about German cars being unreliable is BS to me. I am German, I live in Germany and my family has owned German cars for decades. We keep our cars on average for about seven to ten years and put roughly 200,000 km+ on them. None of our German cars has ever broken down or left us stranded or had some sort of major malfunction that cost a lot of money to fix. We've had smaller issues like a dead battery once or a speaker cable wearing out, but it didn't cost much money or time to fix that and since it only happened once during the ownership I wouldn't consider it a reliability issue at all. We've owned Japanese cars in the past, mostly Mitsubishis and one Nissan. The Mitsubishi's were ok aside from A/C failures at 60,000 km on all three (two 1990s Galants, one 1996 Pajero) and the Nissan was a complete and utter POS. Electrical problems galore, malfunctioning transmission software, wiper failure etc. German cars simply require precision maintenance. If the manual says to change the oil at 15,000 km then change the damn oil at 15,000 km. To many people seem to cheapen out on basic maintenance in the US or take it to a cheaper non-authorized dealership who messes up the car and then the problems happen. Those Audi owners with sludge problems for example, they didn't change the oil at the required moments. Those Audi owners that did...well guess what? They had no sludge problems. Maybe if some people took the time to maintain their cars properly they wouldn't be experiencing half the "problems" that they do. If German cars are so terrible, people wouldn't buy them. Fact. The fact that people pay top money for German cars says it all. They're good. They have prestigious badges and they produce well-engineered cars. Who cares if a BMW has 1.1 problems a year and a Lexus has 1.0 problems a year? That's nothing. Modern cars are reliable and the people who claim that German cars are unreliable either got a lemon, cheapened out on maintenance or had some friend exaggerate a problem to them because people just love to bitch about random sh_t all the time for no real reason. Oh yeah, and I love my BMW 118i overall. It drives great and it is well-built. It feels solid and like a tank. Rode in one of those new Toyota Yaris about a month and half ago. Brand new car - felt cheap inside and it felt built to price. The car felt flimsy and didn't feel solid or safe at all. I don't care if the 2013 Yaris has zero problems per year and my BMW may have one problem per year - the BMW 1er is still the better-made car in my opinion based on feel. You are paying for an intangible feature here: solid build quality.
        Chris Goldrick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        I hate Lexus because it is the reason why BMW is losing it's soul. BMW and Lexus are neck and neck in sales, so BMW has to make their cars a little bit softer and a little less driver oriented with each iteration in order to make sure they don't lose sales to Lexus. Regarding the car itself, the center console looks extremely inelegant, with the way the button assemblies for the heated seats and suspension settings look tacked on haphazardly. The interior designers couldn't design button housings to flow with the curve of the wood? The way the central vents stick out past the sides of the console is also unsightly, and the stereo controls look like they're from a boombox. As for the exterior, the new corporate grille is just plain stupid, and the three horizontal LED strips in the taillights are cribbed from, guess who, BMW. Sure it may be reliable, and the fit and finish impeccable, but it doesn't look special or sophisticated.
          miketim1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris Goldrick
          I hate you because you hate you because... When you hate a car... you have more serious issues then we can see
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      thanks but no thanks.....i'll take an S class.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kyle
        If I wanted to spend that much time in repair shop, I would purchase S class too.
      Jdsho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, the interior is pretty sad. It looks like a hodge-podge of various Toyota parts. You would think that at least for a flagship Lexus they would use newer parts that set themselves apart from Toyota. The screens for the dual climate control temperatures look extremely cheap. What is with the wood selection from 2001? All of the big players in this market are using new finishes and even new types of wood. Burl High Gloss Cheap Asian Furniture Walnut? Yikes.
        James
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jdsho
        Looks like someone won't ever afford this car. Wood selection from 2001? It's not a Rolls Royce. Which automaker has more than 5 different veneers? Bentley, Maybach, Rolls Royce. This car is not in that class. Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Jaguar all offer Burl Walnut. Burl High Gloss Asian Furniture? Sounds like what you have in your house. Looks like it has a bunch of Toyota parts hmm? You don't even know. Did you build this car? Didn't think so. You obviously haven't seen the screen in the GS. The way that the screen is divided is perfect. It gives enough screen real estate to see both temperature and navigation.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      "2013 Lexus LS 460 goes more intense, more sporty and more luxurious". Isn't that the same line they use to push the new Camry? Oh wait, it is a puffed up Camry.
        Beu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Though the LS shares close to if not nothing with the Toyota Camry, Its funny to see people run out of reasons to dislike the Lexus. Call me blind, but I don't think this car even looks remotely close to a Camry haha.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        yeah, and S class is puffed up Smart; A8 is puffed up Jetta and 7 series is puffed up Mini.
        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        What's wrong with a RWD "puffed up Camry"?
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