Lexus has a reputation for great quality, but it doesn't get much credit for personality.
Toyota's luxury arm will try to reverse that by adding a slew of sporty new models in the next few years. It also will jazz up its engine lineup -- following the Audi and BMW example -- by offering a 2.0-liter turbo engine in entry-luxury vehicles and as a base engine for mid-sized vehicles. The turbo is expected to be in the 250-hp range.
Lexus also is expanding into the compact crossover segment.
Here is a look at Lexus' future product plans.
CT 200h: A freshening for the 2014 model year includes more telematics features. No major changes are planned until a spring 2016 redesign. The CT 200h will remain a hybrid-only offering; no turbo version is planned.
IS: The sedan was re-engineered this summer. One possible mid-cycle change in mid-2016 would be the addition of a 2.0-liter turbo with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to replace the aging 2.5-liter V-6 as the base engine. The IS-C coupe goes away with the introduction of the RC nameplate.
ES: Re-engineered in summer 2012.
GS: Re-engineered in spring 2012.
LS: Re-engineered in summer 2012.
RC: The LF-CC coupe concept from the 2012 Paris auto show will become the Lexus RC 350 when unveiled in production form at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. It will use the IS/GS platform and will be powered by a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V-6 engine. The high-performance RC-F version debuting at the Detroit auto show in January will have a 460-hp V-8 under the hood, which Lexus hopes will steal sales from the BMW M3.