Is this a case of beauty being only skin deep?
That's what some hybrid-auto enthusiasts may be asking after Lexus' unveiling of its new luxury lines of vehicles in San Francisco on Monday.
Like other members of Toyota's luxury marque, the 2013 LS 600h L gets a slightly revised exterior. It also benefits from a few changes you can't see from outside, including a more rigid body thanks to chassis reinforcements and the debut of a full-time all-wheel drive system on the hybrid.
Still, many of the specs replicate those from 2012. The car will still have 438 horsepower, will still go from to 60 miles per hour in about five and a half seconds and, most importantly, will still get exactly the same fuel economy as last year: just 20 miles per gallon combined, 19 in the city and 23 on the highway. Those are Toyota's estimates, anyway, and the company adds that, "Actual mileage will vary." As for sticker price? No word on how it's going to change from the 2012's MSRP of $112,750. Here's guessing that it's not going down.
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