Toyota will present redesigned Lexus GS, Scion FT-86 at New York Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 12, 2011

There are two big debuts that Toyota will be making at the New York Auto Show, according to a reliable source. Notably, not one will get a Toyota Motor Company badge. The first is a fully redesigned Lexus GS. It’s not clear if what Toyota will display in the New York show would be a concept or a production model; however, it will be built on an all-new platform that will be shared with the next-generation IS expected to arrive in 2012.

Ever since the current GS arrived in the market in 2005, it has had steady sales but still requires a refresh.

The redesigned GS will get the same V6 and V8 powerplants. So far, there has not been any confirmation if an F variant or the 450h hybrid will be carried over.

There is also a rumor that Scion will display its own version of the FT-86 to the auto show.

This is another concept vehicle that’s similar to the version seen at the Geneva Motor Show but given new badges and a few style modifications. A seamless merger of engineering functionality and distinctive styling is evident on the exterior of the new Lexus GS, thereby revealing a new generation of design philosophy that will be featured on Lexus’ future vehicles. Elements like fins incorporated into the side of the tail lamps and the design of the boot area are not only helping make the Lexus GS look stylish, but also aids in directing air over and past the car.

Also providing unique looks is the signature spindle grille with its trapezoidal contours integrated into the aggressive front bumper – a design feature that helps airflow become more efficient. This design feature – along with the deep-set, headlamps and L-shaped LED daytime running lamps – willfully expresses the confident and dynamic nature of the Lexus GS. Since the headlamps feature a projector beam design, they provide not only a strong appearance but also outstanding illumination.

When viewed from the sides, the new Lexus GS reveals itself as a roomy performance saloon with a strong sense of motion and an athletic stance – thanks to its short front overhang, tapered lower door sills and width-enhancing wheel arches. The rear end, meanwhile, is marked by a diffuser and centered aero fins that aid in controlling underbody airflow. These features, along with the L-shaped LED tail lamps, lend the GS a high-performance look.

Since the new Lexus GS features subtle bodylines, the carmaker made them more noticeable by developing a new paint technology, which allows the surface to appear more polished. New colors have been added to the palette, all featuring glass flakes incorporated into the coating. Likewise, Lexus developed a new coating technology that allows paint to emit more radiance, while the extra metallic texture would provide stronger shading and defined sharp highlights.

Inside, the new Lexus GS benefits from a roomy layout and an array of luxury and technological upgrades as well as an emotional design. While the cabin of the Lexus GS is focused on the driver, all occupants are provided with utmost comfort that is better than before.

Thanks to the new layout of the long sculpted dash, its clean center stack and large high-resolution display screen, both the driver and front passenger are treated to a new sense of spaciousness. In addition, Lexus relocated most of the comfort and convenience controls to offer a cleaner yet more sophisticated dash layout.

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