The all-new and dramatically styled Lexus GS 350 gets its South African debut before it’s local launch in 2012.
Designed to be spacious and contemporary, the model adopts a sportier design and as such, the car features a “spindle” grille, LED-equipped headlights, a rear diffuser and a dual exhaust system. Lexus say, “The new GS combines bold, dynamic styling, precise handling, innovative technology, and a spacious interior.”
The interior has a luxurious cabin with leather seats, wood trim, ambient lighting and an analogue clock. There’s also an infotainment system with an eight-inch display (12.3-inches on models with the navigation package), an energy-saving climate control system (that uses occupant-detection technology) and an optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.
Under the bonnet, the new GS is powered by a quad-cam 3.5-litre V6, featuring four valves per cylinder with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). Producing 228 kW it accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. An optional electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is designed to enhance traction in a variety of driving conditions. The system can vary front-to-rear torque balance from 50/50 to as much as 30/70, depending on driving conditions, for exceptional control.
In addition to enhanced braking systems and an impact-absorbing body structure, the new GS offers significant advances in both passive and active safety systems. There are a class-leading 10 airbags in the new GS, including a knee airbag for both front driver and passenger. Rear seat occupants have seat-mounted side airbags, and all four occupants are equipped with side curtain airbags.
Lastly, the model rides on a revised platform that has a wider track (up 40 mm front / 50 mm rear) and a new multi-link rear suspension. Thanks to these changes, Lexus says the GS will provide a “more engaging driving experience” with “superior cornering”.