Lexus unveiled today an entry-level version of its latest sedan: this is the 2012 Lexus GS250. The new car made its debut at the 2011 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition and it is powered by a 2.5-liter V6 petrol engine with D-4S direct port injection and Dual VVT-i intelligent valve timing delivering 206 bhp at 6,400rpm and peak torque of 253Nm is delivered at 4,800rpm.
With these numbers, the car can sprint from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 142 mph or 228 km/h.
As expected, the Lexus GS250 has an impressive fuel consumption of 31.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 207g/km. These numbers are obtained thanks to firm’s Super ECT-i close-ratio intelligent six-speed automatic transmission, with a sequential manual shift function.
According to Lexus, the system has been engineered to deliver faster shift speeds, earlier torque converter lock-up and downshift throttle blips.
Moreover, the new car also comes with the Drive Mode Select, which gives the option of Eco, Normal and Sport S modes. The versions equipped with the Adaptive Variable Suspension offer a further Sport S+ mode for even more dynamic performance.
In terms of safety, the Lexus GS250 comes with the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, and a series of other systems designed to reduce the risk of an accident, including Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Lexus Night View.
The new Lexus GS is offered in eleven colourful varieties. The set includes the new Sonic Silver, Meteor Blue and Crimson Red. We couldn’t help but notice the shinier finish on Crimson Red models and for sure most of you would also agree. But this is all because the special coating is sprinkled with very tiny shards of glass to achieve that brilliant sparkle.
As for the Sonic Silver, a new coating technology was adapted in the process to bring out the radiantly shiny metallic effect. As a result, the outline around the exterior becomes sharper and more defined.
Taking inspiration from Lexus’ CT 200h, the Lexus GS’ interior is also ergonomically designed to deliver the best comfort to the person behind the wheel. The cockpit for one has all the functional controls (i.e. HMI technologies) within its surroundings. The wider dashboard comes in two different sections. The first layer is the upper part where the 12.3 multi-display LCD screen is mounted.
The second layer is the lower operation zone where the second gen Remote Touch Interface is conveniently located. As a whole, the driver-centric cockpit still boasts of a more spacious interior that meets all the segment’s basic standards for comfort and convenience.