I have to ask this because, frankly, it needs asking.
While the last time I piloted an LS was en route to the 2010 Detroit Auto Show I thoroughly enjoyed the product. It was comfortable, relaxing and something different from the rest of the pack. Good on Lexus for sticking to its guns.
Now however, it's readily apparent that Lexus has taken a walk on the wild side. While it still make its more sedate and standard LS, it has added the more outrageous F Sport to the arsenal. Not THAT surprising at the end of the day; however, we have to wonder about one thing:
WHY did Lexus decide to just give this vehicle a refresh instead of introduce a FULLY rehashed vehicle for 2014?
We think it's pretty clear that there will be some significant interior updates but it seems a bit forced on this older chassis. Why not just go back to the drawing board and conceive a completely new LS from the ground up?
This generation product was introduced as a 2007 model year vehicle. Entering into 2013, I can't help but think this product is direly in need of a full redo, particularly with the relatively new A8, next-gen S-Class on its way and newly updated BMW 7-Series.
And given that Lexus is really trying to turn up the heat with the F Sport version, I would have thought that the head honchos at Lexus would want to give this a proper go around, as it did with the LFA, and have a product designed from the ground up with the best intentions to pamper and perform.
Am I alone here or did Lexus make a mistake with the 2013 LS -- is it a bit long in the tooth? Should it have waited until 2014 and started development of an all-new LS earlier?
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