Lexus has officially unveiled its new GS sedan at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This new sedan isn’t as much of a design revelation as the LF-Gh concept suggested, but it is nonetheless an all-new car and features a few significant design elements that set it apart from the model that it replaces.
The front of the GS has a new-look grille that will be carried across the entire Lexus range to become a signature look of the brand. The all-new platform and bigger dimensions translates into a roomier cabin than the outgoing GS. This cabin is said to be more luxurious and spacious than before thanks to features such as leather seats, wood trim, ambient lighting and an analogue clock.
Under the bonnet of the new GS lies a 3,5-litre V6, VVT-i that produces 228 kW, and is mated with a six-speed sequential shift automatic transmission. This helps the GS accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5,7 seconds.
Lexus has adopted many key features from the IS-F’s transmission and used it in this GS. This includes faster shifts, earlier torque-converter lockup and downshift throttle blips. The new GS has various driving modes – Eco, Sport S and Sport S+ – for added handling enhancements and revised throttle mapping, so that drivers can customise the driving experience to suit their needs.
For added dynamics, Lexus engineers have equipped the new GS with a suspension system that is made up of front, upper and lower control arms that are made from aluminium and employ larger bushings. The rear sub-frame has been completely redesigned to accommodate an all-new multi-link rear suspension that, according to the company, uses improved suspension geometry that retains cornering force and enhances rear control.
Safety is provided by 10 airbags, whiplash injury lessening, and much more. The new multimedia system comes with a 12,3-inch, split-screen, high-res display that features readouts for the navigation, audio, climate and other vehicle information. For entertainment, there’s an 835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available.
South Africans can see this all-new Lexus GS at the 2011 Johnannesburg International Motor Show in October.