(FRANKFURT, GERMANY – September 16, 2015) Lexus enhances the design of the GS line-up. The Lexus GS continues to feature impressive agility and sporty handling, as well as comfortable ride quality for extended highway driving. This is no modest mid-size luxury sedan. Its engaging performance and amenities make the GS an excellent choice for delighting drivers as well as luxury connoisseurs whether they are piloting the GS 350 AWD or GS 450h.
The Lexus GS epitomizes the intersection of style and refinement with a strong rendition of the Lexus signature spindle grille, framed by elegant satin chrome trim and flanked by distinctive new standard Bi-LED headlights. A new front bumper and rocker panel design further sharpen the coupe-inspired profile, with the makeover extending to revised taillights, revised rear trim and new 18- and 19-inch machine-finish wheel designs. In the interior, the analogue clock located in the center of the dash is housed in a single ingot of aluminum and uses LED indicators. It adds GPS functionality for adjusting the time zone.
In the GS 350 AWD, a more muscular 3.5-liter V6 produces 311 hp and 280 lb.ft. of torque and is also paired with the six-speed automatic transmission. The V6’s combination of direct fuel injection and additional port fuel injectors ensure ample power and crisp responsiveness.
Leading the GS line-up is a car you’d expect from the luxury hybrid leader, the GS 450h – a high-performing hybrid. Its Lexus Hybrid Drive system combines output from an Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine and a water-cooled permanent-magnet electric motor for 338 hp total system, channeled through a planetary-type continuously variable transmission. Few might expect 5.9-second (0-100km/h) acceleration performance from a car with 7.6 L/100km combined fuel economy ratings.
More Grip, More Grins
For added grins when driving, the F SPORT package available combines track-tuned chassis enhancements, with exclusive exterior and interior design features. For better ride comfort and handling stability the F SPORT package includes also the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).
New Lexus Safety System +
The 2016 Lexus GS is a rolling testament to the brand’s commitment to cutting-edge safety technology. Its structure and 10 standard airbags form the foundation for occupant protection, while a wide array of driver-assist technologies help the driver to avoid hazards. New and optional is Lexus Safety System + which combines Pre-Crash System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist (LKA and All-Speed Active Cruise Control.
All-Speed Active Cruise Control works at a range of speeds. It tracks the speed of the vehicle traveling ahead and can adjust the speed setting accordingly to help maintain a preset distance. It’s sophisticated enough to smoothly adjust acceleration and deceleration when a vehicle enters or exits the lane or highway ahead.
Using a combination of millimetre-wave radar and a front-facing camera, PCS can help detect vehicles -- and in some circumstances, pedestrians. The system can warn the driver of a possible collision and can initiate automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary.
Using a camera to detect visible lane markings, Lane Keep Assist (LKA) is designed to convey audio-visual alerts and vibrate the steering wheel if the systems determine that the driver unintentionally deviated from the lane. It also assists the driver steering the car back to the middle of the lane.
The GS models equipped with new multimedia in 2015, and now the available 12.3-inch screen gains full-screen map capability when equipped with navigation. Other multimedia changes include enhanced voice recognition and graphics. You can still split the screen into two sections to show different functions, such as navigation, audio and climate control information. New side “enter” buttons on the Remote Touch Interface controller and shortcut menu on the side of the screen make it even easier to use to operate climate control, audio, phone, navigation and more.
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About Lexus Canada
Lexus Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and sport utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 38 dealers across Canada. There are 11 Lexus nameplates on the road today, allowing guests many choices in a range of luxury vehicle segments. Six of these 11 offer hybrid models, giving Lexus Canada’s largest luxury hybrid lineup. In the 2014 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), Lexus ranked highest in vehicle dependability among all nameplates for the third consecutive year. Additionally, the Lexus RX and RXh are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) Cambridge South plant, the recipient of J.D. Power’s 2014 Platinum Plant Quality Award, Worldwide. For more information about Lexus products, and Lexus’ pursuit of perfection, visit: www.lexus.ca.
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