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Lexus GS, the new face of LexusWednesday, 6th June 2012
The 2012 GS is the new Lexus. This most dramatic and anticipated of new Lexus models combines an attractive, distinctive appearance with sporting performance and a high level of standard equipment.
The new Lexus GS is more than just a luxury car. It brings a more engaging driving experience, bolder design and a more spacious, contemporary interior, heralding a new chapter in the history of Lexus.
A four-model range is available in the local market. For the first time in South Africa, a V6-powered 2.5-litre GS 250 model provides entry into the prestigious GS range. The models are:
- GS 250 EX, with 154 kW/253 Nm 2500 cm³ V6 petrol engine (code 4GR-FSE) and 6-speed automatic gearbox, and comprehensive equipment range.
- GS350 EX, with 233 kW/378 Nm 3456 cm³ V6 petrol engine (code (2GR-FSE) and 6-speed autobox, visually identical to the GS 250 and with the same equipment grade.
- GS 450h F-Sport, with similar V6 petrol engine as on the GS 350 (coded 2GR-FXE). While delivering 345 Nm of torque, it is tuned for a maximum delivery of 213 kW. This is further complimented by a powerful electric motor and high voltage battery to boost total system output to 252kW. The electric motor also adds a further 275 Nm for impressive response.The drivetrain is coupled with an E-CVT continuously variable gearbox and special F-Sport dynamic mechanical enhancements. Trim and equipment enhancements set this model apart.
- GS 450h SE, with the same drivetrain combination as the F-Sport model, but with an ultra-comprehensive standard specification grade, the ultimate in luxury.
Viewed from the front, the Spindle Grille with its trapezoidal contours – set to be a signature feature on all future Lexus models – integrates into the aggressive front bumper to allow for efficient aerodynamics. It sets the scene for the sporty overtones of this new luxury sedan. As a distinctive Lexus design feature, combined with the deep-set, high-tech headlamps and L-shaped LED daytime running lamps (DRLs), the grille expresses the GS’s confident and dynamic character. As complement, the headlamps with its projector beam design add a strong, chiselled appearance – not to mention excellent illumination.
The chassis and suspension – agility is key
In developing the new GS, the Lexus team of engineers strived to create an “emotionally intriguing driving experience”. This philosophy was central to the development of all aspects of the new GS.
For design and dynamic inspiration, the engineering team looked to the Lexus LFA supercar. The end result is a luxury sports sedan that is more driver-focused than ever before, delivering a far more engaging and dynamic driving experience.
Safety and security features
Compared to the previous-generation Lexus GS, significant advances have been made in both passive and active safety systems as standard equipment.
With the exception of the GS 250, which has eight – all other GS models are equipped with 10 airbags, including a knee airbag for both driver and front passenger. Outboard rear seats have seat-mounted side airbags (not on the GS 250). All models have full-length side curtain airbags.
New Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats reduce the space between the occupant’s head and headrest to help limit excessive head movement and help decrease the severity of whiplash-type injuries in certain types of rear end collisions.Other standard safety equipment on all GS models includes ABS, BAS, EBD, EPS, VSC and TRC.
Exterior design – all about dynamics
From the front to the rear, the new Lexus GS is all-new and fuses distinctive style with engineering functionality. As first seen on the CT 200h, the new GS is the next Lexus model to adopt the striking Spindle Grille design language to give it an instantly recognisable identity on the road.
The grille fully integrates into the aggressive front bumper to allow for efficient airflow. Air inlets located on the outer edges of the lower grille serve as cooling ducts. This distinctive Lexus design feature combines with deep-set, high-tech headlamps with a projector beam design and L-shaped LED daytime running lamps (DRLs) to further express the vehicle’s dynamic character, which culminates at the rear with a bumper featuring a built-in diffuser and centred aero fins to help control under-body airflow. Combined with the L-shaped LED tail lamps with special fins to enhance aerodynamics, another Lexus design cue, these rear bumper features lend a high-performance appearance.
From the side, the GS projects the image of a spacious performance sedan with a road-hugging stance. The tapered lower door sills and the short front overhang give the GS a sense of motion, while width-enhancing wheel arches add an athletic stance, hinting at its dynamic abilities.
Interior design – driver focused
Lexus engineers challenged themselves to develop a more spacious interior environment for the new GS. Leaving exterior dimensions virtually unchanged, they increased cabin and boot space to create a richly appointed interior to transport passengers and their luggage in comfort.
Painstaking attention to detail has been applied to the GS cabin to create a balance of luxury, technological amenity and emotional design. Focused around the driver and the driving experience, it provides more space for all occupants, increasing the comfort of both front and rear passengers.
The interior includes a number of embedded premium features as standard equipment. A new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow uses an occupant-detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated, a first-in-class technology. A next-generation Remote Touch with one-push confirmation is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive operation of climate, audio and phone controls as well as use of the navigation system (standard on all models). A standard reversing camera adds security and convenience.
The finely crafted interior detail is complemented by ambient lighting that unobtrusively welcomes and guides the user into the vehicle, providing a carefully designed experience. White LED lights are sequentially lit to illuminate the areas around the doors, centre console and foot wells.