Lexus reveals new 2013 GS sedan

Lexus reveals new 2013 GS sedan

Lexus has just dropped the covers on its third-generation GS luxury sedan at a special event during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Visually, the new GS features more aggressive and bolder lines that its predecessor with a new ‘spindle’ trapezoidal grille that Lexus says will be a trademark of all future models. Other styling features include recessed headlamps with L-shaped LED daytime running lights and an aerodynamic body that takes cues from the smaller IS.

The new GS rides on a revised platform that is apparently more rigid thanks to the increased number of spot welds and laser weld work.

The GS suspension has been fully reworked with aluminum upper, and lower control arms for reduced unsprung weight and an updated rear subframe that works in with a new multilink set up. Putting on the anchors is ventilated disc brakes all around with four-piston calipers clamping at the front.

Under the bonnet three engines will be available across global markets. The entry level GS 250 will be equipped with the IS’s 2.5-litre V6 unit, the GS 350 will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 pumping our around 228kW of power. A GS 450h full-hybrid version will be included in the range with further specification details expected shortly. The V6 engines will be mated to a six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters and sports settings.

Despite having dimensions nearly identical to its predecessor the new GS will have improved cabin space and 25% more capacity in the boot. Comfort is further increased by wider opening doors and redesigned seats.

Interior design has been completely renovated with styling cues taken from Lexus’ LF-A sportscar. There’s a large (12.3-inch) touch screen, relocated audio controls and an energy-saving S-Flow climate control system.

Safety bases are well covered with a wide range of passive and active safety features. There are 10 airbags waiting to pop, including knee bags for both driver and front passenger and side airbags for rear passengers. There’s also an optional pre-collision system that uses the radar cruise control system to detect a probable accident and an infrared camera that monitors the driver’s eyes. If it thinks the driver isn’t paying attention and an accident is highly possible an alarm will sound, if the driver makes no response the Lexus will activate its brakes to avoid or reduce the impact of the collision.

Expect exact specifications to be released soon alongside details of an F-Sport package.

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