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Published on August 14th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Lexus GS range gets new engine, more features

Lexus expands the GS line-up including a new GS 200t model and enhances the design of the 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 new GS 200t, the GS 350, GS 450h or GS 300h.

Lexus GS200t 2015 Facelift (1)

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 centre of the dash is housed in a single ingot of aluminium and uses LED indicators. It adds GPS functionality for adjusting the time zone.
Lexus GS200t 2015 Facelift (11)
New Power and Efficiency
A new, fourth model, the rear-wheel drive GS 200t, joins the line with an exceptionally smooth 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The turbo engine delivers 245PS and 350Nm of torque, giving the GS 200t outstanding all-around performance and efficiency. The GS 200t has a Lexus fuel economy estimate of 7.9litre.
In the GS 350, a more muscular 3.5-liter V6 produces 317PS and 380Nm of torque and is also paired with the eight-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 345PS total system, channelled through a planetary-type continuously variable transmission. Few might expect 5.9-second (0-100km/h) acceleration performance from a car with 5.9litre fuel economy ratings. The second hybrid model in the line-up, the GS 300h, a dynamic sports sedan, equipped with a fuel efficient 2,5litre L4 engine consuming just 4.7l/100km. Both hybrid models, GS 450h and GS 300h, are available in all markets in Europe. The GS 200t will be available in selected European markets. The GS 350 is available in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Caucasus.
 Lexus GS200t 2015 Facelift (4)
More Grip, More Grins
For added grip, the Lexus GS 350 offers an available all-weather drive system that’s more than a foul-weather friend. An electronically controlled centre differential provides a normal 30:70 torque split, with the rear-wheel bias favouring handling agility. The system reacts instantaneously to alter the split to as much as 50:50, depending on driving conditions, to help optimize traction.
For added grins when driving, the F SPORT package available for all four GS models combines track-tuned chassis enhancements, including staggered tyre sizes (RWD only), 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).
 Lexus GS200t 2015 Facelift (13)
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 comprises of a variety of safety systems.
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. Adaptive High-beam System (AHS) combines technology, safety and driving courtesy. It automatically shades part of the light beam with shutters to avoid blinding drivers ahead.
 Lexus GS200t 2015 Facelift (12)
Modern Multimedia
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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