Lexus dropped official images and details of the new generation GS ahead of its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
Weirdly though, those spy images we showed you earlier are more revealing than these official one Lexus has released! This car showcases the new bold and kinda aggressive face of Lexus, which will be featured in all the upcoming models.
The main highlight of this new design is the shape of the front grille, and the row of LED lights in the headlamps. They are already featured in the revised IS.
Lexus is actually trying to shake off the associated dull image with the brand, so this new GS features wider tracks, 40mm at the front and 50mm at the rear, aerodynamic body, stiffer body and suspension, and for the first time in a Lexus, distinctive engine sound and exhaust note. So far all the Lexus models we came across were quiet as a mouse!
Besides the more rigid chassis, 2012 GS also features a lightweight aluminum structure and Ventilated disc brakes featuring four-piston aluminum front calipers. It’s all stacking up for a fine sporty sedan.
If you don’t like the look of this car, don’t despair because the new interior is done properly and is more than make up for the exterior. It has an air of absolute class and absolute quality about it. And it’s not just in terms of design. The car also gets lots of premium features. It even gets a manual clock in the center console!
As for the innovative features, the car comes with a new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow that uses the occupant-detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated, a first-in-class technology. A next-generation Remote Touch with one-push confirmation is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive operation of climate, audio and phone controls as well as use of the navigation system and more. A standard reversing camera helps add security and convenience.
The car also shines in terms of safety. Apart from the usual features such as 10 airbags, it comes with a pre-collision system, which uses the dynamic radar cruise control system to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might result in a collision. The system also uses a first-in-class infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes like an anti drowsiness system.
Details of available powertrains are yet to be announced.
Other available safety systems include a Night Vision System that enhances driver visibility in the dark; Head-Up Display (HUD); a Blind Spot Monitor that helps detect vehicles in rear/side blind spots; and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). GS is the first in its segment to offer LKA with active steering torque to provide a small assistance in maintaining course, while the LDW feature alerts drivers if they begin to drift out of their lane.
GS drivers will get DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, 5.1 Surround Sound, and a high-resolution eight-inch central control display centrally located high up in the instrument panel.
For the ultimate in audio performance, an 835-watt, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available. The system provides 7.1 Surround Sound through 10 channels using a new class D Digital amplifier and efficient Green Edge™ speakers that are lighter, more energy-efficient and have less distortion. The new system produces almost three times as many watts per channel versus the previous generation.