2013 Lexus GS priced from £32,995 in the UK

Article by Christian A., on February 18, 2012

Order books for the all-new 2013 Lexus GS, which will go on sale in June, have been opened. It has a starting price of £32,995 and it is available with two engines: a 206bhp 2.5-litre V6 petrol and a 338bhp V6 hybrid. It’s also offered with four trim levels, including SE, Luxury, F Sport and Premier. Offered on the GS range as standard are 17-inch alloys, bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights and a rear-view camera.

It also comes with heated leather seats, climate control, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and DAB. The Luxury versions get those features plus 18-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitor and sat-nav.

The F Sport models get a set of 19-inch wheels, as well as a boot spoiler and a bolder bumper design. The interior of the F Sport cars benefits from the added perforated leather sports steering wheel and gear knob, sports pedals and four-way lumbar support.

F Sport cars have the company’s adaptive variable suspension and selectable drive modes. The Lexus dynamic handling system (including rear-wheel steering) can also be found on 450h models of the F Sport.

The top-of-the-line £50,995 GS450h Premier is equipped with 18-spoke 18-inch alloys, adaptive suspension and drive modes and electric semi-aniline leather seats. The model’s climate control has an ionizer. Its HDD nav and premium sound system comes with a 12.3-inch display (the biggest of its kind).

It is available in nine exterior colors: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Velvet Black, Mercury Grey, Meteor Blue, Crimson Red, Atlantic Blue, Celestial Black. Obsidian Black is available just for the GS 450h. The F Sport models have a different range of colours: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Velvet Black, Mercury Grey and Crimson Red. There are six leather colours, with a Garnet red exclusive to the F Sport.

The best way to describe the Lexus GS’s shaped exterior is that it manages to mix engineering functionality with that of a unique style. This new design philosophy is expected to be used for future releases of the brand. Proof of this new design principle can be seen in the tail lamp’s side where the fins have been integrated. It can also be observed on how the boot area has been designed.

Each of these features mentioned ensures that the air encountered by the GS is directed to the top and away from the model. Starting in the front, the way the trademarked spindle grille, and its contours shaped into trapezoids, have been placed on the bumper ensures that airflow is efficient. This particular design is unique to Lexus and by putting in the high-tech and deep-set headlamps plus the L-shaped daytime running lamps in LED, the GS gains dynamic and confident qualities.

Since the headlamps utilize a projector beam design, it not only provides for amazing illumination but also helps with the strong look as well. On the rear, the bumper reveals that it has a diffuser and in order to better control the air flow in the underbody, aero fins have been placed on the center. With the standard design of the L-shaped tail lamps which use LEDs, the bumper delivers that high-performance look.

Meanwhile on the side, the GS gives clues as to the potential performance it can offer in addition to showing off the road-hugging stance. With the door sills made more narrow and lower, it allows for a feel of motion especially when combined with the short overhang in the front. As the wheel arches give the appearance of increasing the width, the athletic stance is highlighted even further and offers clues to the dynamic qualities the GS has.

Lexus did not limit the changes on the features as the paint technology used was created to ensure that the subtle bodylines would be more evident with the surface having that look of being finely polished.

The new colors being used is made better by integrating glass flakes to its coating and thus giving the paint a different level of brilliance. That’s not all as the engineering team even managed to come up with a coating technology that makes sure that the paint looks more radiant. Finally by adding in a metallic texture, it helps define the sharp highlights while allowing for strong shading.

Press Release

ALL-NEW LEXUS GS: FROM £32,995

As order books open for the all-new GS range, Lexus can announce the sports saloon will be available from £32,995. That is the on-the-road price for the GS 250 SE; the full hybrid GS 450h starts from £44,995 for the Luxury model.

True to Lexus tradition, the price tag includes a high specification that is rich in advanced technology and luxury features, combined with precision fit and finish and attention to detail. Moreover, the new GS is the standard bearer for new Lexus design thinking that is more distinctive, contemporary and eye-catching.

Grade structure

Entry point to the new GS range is the GS 250 SE, powered by a 206bhp (154kW) 2.5-litre V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine

The specification includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlamps and windscreen wipers, LED daytime running lights and a rear-view camera with parking guide monitor. Cabin comfort is assured with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and electrically adjustable front seats (10-way, with memory setting for the driver’s seat) with heating and ventilation functions. The steering wheel is electrically adjustable, too, and incorporates paddle shifts. On-board entertainment is provided by a 12-speaker audio system with CD player, DAB tuner, Bluetooth and USB/Aux ports for connecting personal music players.

Both the GS 250 and full hybrid GS 450h are offered in Luxury and F Sport grade. The former builds on the SE specification with the introduction of 18-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an HDD satellite navigation system with Remote Touch controller. Luxury grade also provides a new blind spot detection system integrated into the folding/auto-dimming door mirrors.

F Sport versions of GS make a bolder style statement thanks to 19-inch rims, a boot-lip spoiler and sports-styled bumpers and front grille. In addition to the Luxury specification, the F Sport has bi-xenon headlights with an automatic high beam function, as well Lexus’s Adaptive Front-lighting System, which adjusts the beam direction as the car approaches bends and turns at junctions.

The F Sport look carries through to the cabin with sports pedals and perforated leather-trimmed sports steering wheel and gear knob. The front sports seats gain further adjustment functions – 16-way for the driver, plus four-way lumbar support.

The F Sport benefits from Adaptive Variable Suspension and selectable drive modes plus, on the 450h model, the Lexus Dynamic Handling System, which brings together a comprehensive array of steering and handling features, including Dynamic Rear Steering, electric power steering, Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management.

At the top of the range, the GS 450h Premier is fitted with 18-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and the same bi-xenon headlamp system as the F Sport models. The F Sport’s adaptive suspension and selectable drive modes are also part of the Premier’s specification.

In the cabin the seats are upholstered in semi-aniline leather, with both front seats benefiting from 18-way electric adjustment and memory settings. The passenger seat offers extra leg support and a rear easy access function.

The sophisticated climate control system is divided three-ways between the front left and right and rear sections of the cabin, and is equipped with an ioniser to help maintain an ideal environment.

The HDD navigation and premium Mark Levinson sound system are linked to a 12.3-inch central display screen, the largest on the market. Other details include automatic boot closing, sunshades for the rear windows (electrically operated for the back window) and a tyre pressure warning system.

Options

The Mark Levinson premium surround system with 12.3-inch navigation and multimedia screen is available for all Luxury and F Sport GS models, while a sun roof is offered for all versions except the GS 250 SE.

The Premier specification can be taken to another level with the addition of LED headlamps and a preventive safety package featuring Adaptive Cruise Control and Pre-Crash Safety.

Metallic or mica paint is an option across the board, while full-map navigation is available for the GS 250 SE.

Colours and interiors

Nine exterior colours are available for SE, Luxury and Premier versions of the new GS: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Velvet Black, Mercury Grey, Meteor Blue, Crimson Red, Atlantic Blue, Celestial Black and, for GS 450h only, Obsidian Black.

The F Sport models have a different range of colours: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Velvet Black, Mercury Grey and Crimson Red.

In the cabin SE and Luxury models have gloss black dash inserts, with aluminium used for the F Sport; Walnut, Ebony or Bamboo wood trims are used in the GS450h Premier, according to the choice of leather upholstery shade.

There are six leather colours, with a Garnet red exclusive to the F Sport.

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