Lexus is reworking its sedan lineup as part of an effort to vault past Mercedes-Benz and BMW and retake the luxury sales lead.
It also aims to add sparkle to the lineup with a coupe based on the wild LF-LC concept and possibly a coupe derived from the GS. The lineup also is likely to expand to include a smaller five-passenger crossover.
And expect Lexus to begin following the BMW routine as far as cycle changes go, with a major re-do every two or three years -- alternating between sheet metal and powertrain -- so there is always something new to brag about.
The ES, GS and LS changeovers for the 2013 model year involve mostly carryover powertrains. Engine and transmission changes likely are several years away.
Here's a look at Lexus' future product plans:
CT 200h: No changes are planned until a redesign in the spring of 2016.
IS: The IS small sedan line will be re-engineered in the spring of 2013 on a shortened version of the shared GS platform. Expect further handling refinements but not much change in the powertrain setup.
New exterior design aims to differentiate the IS from the GS. Both 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter engines will carry over.
And there will be another IS-F, and another IS-C retractable hardtop coupe.
ES: The ES was re-engineered this spring.
GS: The sedan was re-engineered this spring. There have been sketches of a possible GS-F performance version, but as yet no plans for production.
Meanwhile, a GS Coupe is being considered as a possible replacement for the SC, to fit between the IS-C and LF-LC in the $60,000 range.