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.