The new Lexus LS line that will go on sale next year was previewed at the Melbourne Cup.
The new Lexus LS line that will go on sale next year was previewed at the Melbourne Cup.

New Lexus LS line is off and racing toward 2013 launch

LEXUS showed off its new LS Line at the Melbourne Cup Carnival ahead of its launch next year.

Fifty per cent of the vehicle's components have been redesigned, re-engineered or replaced as part of the major update. The previous LS was launched in 2007, and prices started from $184,900.

Pricing now starts from $189,900 - with the range-topping long wheelbase hybrid model will be available only on special order.

Lexus claims the changes translate to 3000 mechanical and component alterations, including four world firsts and 13 Lexus firsts which arrive with the new model.

The LS Line will also debut Lexus' most powerful F Sport model - the new 327kW, all-wheel drive short wheelbase LS 600h F Sport.

The entire LS Line benefits from significant engineering input to increase the vehicle's driving dynamics, refinement and specification while reducing overall NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).

Lexus claims to have increased torsional rigidity by 60% and steering support rigidity by 20%, while also managing to make the cabin even quieter.

Exterior design changes include the spindle grille to being it into line with the rest of the Lexus family, along with various aerodynamic improvements.

Lexus Australia chief executive Tony Cramb said the new LS Line is positive proof of Lexus' desire for continual improvement.

"When Lexus launched its first LS in 1989 it redefined what was expected from a luxury vehicle," he said.

"In 2007 Lexus was named the world's best luxury vehicle and in 2012 we've made the world's best even better.

"New LS' bold design reflects how Lexus is evolving.

"This new LS combines sharper driving dynamics, with the highest levels of refinement and luxury, supported by Lexus' industry-leading levels of service and support."

New LS will be available from February 2013 in LS 460 Sports Luxury and F Sport models, along with the LS 600h F Sport.

Over the current LS 460 Sport, the new F Sport model receives chassis upgrades All-Speed Cruise Control, IS F-style Torsen LSD, embossed bucket seats and new exterior styling.

LS 460 Sports Luxury will remain and offer greater equipment, including Lexus' unique Climate Concierge System, rear seat heaters, optional noise reducing rims, Blu-ray player (rear), front seat ottoman and Nanoe-enabled climate control.

Sitting atop the LS Line is the new short-wheelbase 327kW all-wheel drive LS 600h F Sport.

Reflecting the growing trend to hybrid vehicles and commercialisation of the drivetrain alternative, the all-new LS 600h F Sport will carry a retail price of $217,900 - a $25,000 lower price of entry into Lexus' most powerful hybrid.

The new model will feature all of the dynamic and visual appeal of the LS 460 F Sport while offering greater power, all-wheel drive, active stabiliser technology, LED high and low beam headlamps, eight-step CVT transmission along with better fuel economy.

Reflecting the move away from long-wheelbase vehicles in Australia, Lexus will offer the LS 600hL on a to-order basis.


Model Recommended retail price
LS 460 F Sport $189,900
LS 460 Sports Luxury $192,400
LS 600h F Sport $217,900
LS 600hL $POA