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 |  Aug 24 2012, 11:16 AM

The Lexus CT200h continues to be the only proper small luxury hybrid offering, and for 2013 it is getting a mild update that offers some new color choices and upgraded tech.

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 |  Jul 29 2012, 6:01 PM

No real surprises here, as we caught the initial leak of photos of the 2013 Lexus LS460 a few days ago, while the Japanese automaker confirmed it with one official one a day later. Now ahead of its official debut on July 30th, the Internet has gotten hold of a full gallery of the 2013 LS460 and its F-Sport model variant.

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 |  May 31 2012, 2:31 PM

We’ve already gotten our chance to put the all-new 2013 Lexus ES through its paces – read our review here – and the Japanese automaker has released all the specifications on its newest generation entry-level sedan.

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 |  Feb 23 2012, 11:02 AM

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Lexus is a top of line car company focusing on performance and luxury, and the Japanese automaker plans to keep it that way.

It seems there is a trend emerging of high end car companies offering lower priced cars, an attempt it seems to coerce some customers who would have never planned on stepping into a luxury brand in the past. The newest example of this being the Acura ILX, which does not have official pricing yet, but will sell for “well under $30,000″ says the company.

Lexus recognizes the trend, but does not see the need to sell cheap cars, as it would cheapen the brand and the image of Lexus and Toyota. ”I don’t think [entry-luxury] is a focus of ours right now,” said Brian Smith, Lexus’ vice-president of marketing. “Other manufacturers have a reason for going there. Some might be customer demand; some might be government regulation.”

Smith adds that the company would rather focus on building a better quality product, like the all new GS flagship line, than try and expand its market. It makes sense when you consider that Scions and Toyotas can both be had for fairly cheap prices, so it seems pointless for Lexus to even try to reach out to a cheaper market.

The only example of a Lexus slotting in at what some might call an affordable price point is the CT200h, starting at just $29,120.

Moving forward, Lexus’ focus will be expanding existing product lines to better suit the needs of its customers. ”I would love to see the RX family grow. We don’t have specifics, but it’s a very capable vehicle, and it’s a broad section of the market,” added Smith, which hints at the possibility of a baby RX SUV.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

 |  Feb 21 2012, 7:31 PM

The all-new 2013 Lexus ES was recently spotted in China. It looks like the luxury Japanese automaker will follow in its newly released GS footsteps with more aggressive styling in its entry-level model.

One quick glance at the above photo reveals that the new-generation ES will feature a much more prominent front-end design similar to what Lexus changed on their new GS model. The front grille and bumper features curves never seen before on the ES model.

The sleek roofline conjures up coupe-inspired styling and it’s a pleasant surprise to see Lexus change so much from their best-selling model, but we definitely agree that it’s all for the better. The interior has also got a huge refresh, giving it a much more luxurious look and doing away with the teardrop console we’ve seen in various current-generation Lexus models.

There’s no absolute guarantee that what we see before us will be what will make its way to the U.S., but chances are good that changes will be subtle. Either way, we’re excited at the direction Lexus is heading – first the GS and then with the ES model. Hopefully the IS gets a nice refresh soon. The current generation is getting a little outdated.

[Source: Lexus Enthusiast via MotorAuthority]

 |  Jan 19 2012, 3:00 PM

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Lexus refreshed their LX 570 for the 2013 model year, and today they announced pricing for the luxury utility vehicle raising it 1.9-percent compared to last year’s model to $80,930.

The new LX 570 features new, bold styling, interior upgrades, cutting-edge technology and remarkable off-road capabilities all wrapped in the luxurious package you’d expect from a Lexus.

Under the hood, the LX 570 is powered by a 5.7L V8 engine featuring four cams and four valves per cylinder with Lexus’s dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). It pushes out 383-hp and 403 lb-ft of torque, offering plenty of power for the utility vehicle.

An optional Luxury Package was also announced for the 2013 LX 570 priced at $1,510 and will include a cool box for beverages, semi-aniline leather-trimmed upholstery with contrast stitching, heated steering wheel, new mahogany wood-trimmed door switch plates, a rear-center armrest cover, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats and Smart Access card key.

Additional entertainment can also be had for $2,005, adding dual screen rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and three-prong electrical outlet. The two video sources can play different content at the same time, so no fighting amongst the kids on which Disney movie to watch.

The announced MSRP of $80,930 does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $875.

GALLERY: 2013 Lexus LX 570

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 |  Dec 21 2011, 6:30 PM

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Lexus dropped a surprise today announcing pricing for the new 2013 GS350 will remain unchanged from the 2012 model. Despite all the changes that greatly improved the GS – read our extensive review here – the base price for the model will remain at $46,900.

Unfortunately Lexus didn’t announce a price for the GS 450h hybrid model, but they promised us that it’d be coming soon. The AWD GS 350 however will have a base price of $49,450 and both models can come as F Sport models or can be equipped with Premium or Luxury packages.

As a quick refresh, the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 comes with a 3.5L V6 with 306-hp while achieving 19/28/23-mpg for city/highway/combined. The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with four driving modes: ECO, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+ (only available on F Sport model).

The Premium Package is priced at $1,400 and comes with rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and power rear sunshade. The much more expensive Luxury Package comes in at $5,750 but includes Adaptable Variable Suspension, Adaptive Front Lighting, unique high gloss linear espresso wood accents, semi-aniline leather, 18-way power front driver and passenger seats with articulated back, side bolster and thigh support controls, four-way lumbar, butterfly headrests, driver and passenger seat memory, rear HVAC and audio controls, rear manual side sunshades, 18-inch wheels and wood and leather steering wheel.

Those seeking a sportier and more thrilling drive in their new luxury sedan can opt for the F Sport model, outfitting the GS with a sportier front bumper, rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, unique mesh grille inserts and F Sport badging. The F Sport model is also the only GS model with 19-inch wheels and F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension. Lastly, rear-wheel-drive F Sport models will have staggered wheels in the rear, Variable Gear Ratio Steering and new larger front brakes with high friction pads. The F Sport package is priced pretty competitively at $5,690.

An optional navigation system can be hand on all GS models for $1,735 featuring an industry-first 12.3-inch split-screen, high resolution display.

GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS

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 |  Sep 12 2011, 11:15 PM

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Lexus is introducing a world’s first with their 2013 GS 450h, boasting the first premium performance sedan to be equipped with a V6 Atkinson cycle gas engine and two-motor hybrid system in a front engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The hybrid version of the 2013 GS made its official debut at Frankfurt Motor Show packing 338-hp with a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds.

Fuel consumption numbers are not official yet, but Lexus expects the 450h to be over 30-percent more efficient than its predecessor and is targeting SULEV II certification. There will also be five driving modes available to the hybrid luxury enthusiast, Normal, Eco, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV.

Exclusive to the hybrid model of the GS is a unique three-lamp design, aligning the turn signal with Lexus’ first high and low beam LED lamps in a single horizontal row. And of course, Lexus will employ its blue hybrid badging on the vehicle. The GS450h will also come standard with 17-inch wheels, with 18-inch rollers as an option.

Much of the interior and safety features will match those previously announced on the GS 350 model.

No pricing was announced on the GS 450h.

GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS 450h

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 |  Aug 25 2011, 7:27 AM

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After the reveal of the all-new 2013 GS350 at Pebble Beach, Lexus is soon planning to unveil both the F Sport and 450h variants.

The 450h will be Lexus’ attempt at delivering V8 performance with a hybrid 3.5L V6 powerplant. While we can’t see any styling changes in these teasers, we anticipate there to be some slight changes – possibly to enhance aerodynamics – but Lexus is staying true to its hybrid branding by including blue-themed badges on the 450h.

The F Sport version will deliver a more aggressive design with F Sport badging and 19-inch wheels. Also look for a more performance-tuned suspension setup, as well as upgraded brakes and some minor interior trim upgrades.

The GS450h will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, with the GS F-Sport set to be unveiled at the SEMA Show.

GALLERY: Lexus GS F Sport and 450h Teasers

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GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS350

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Watch video of the all-new 2013 Lexus GS after the jump:

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