Lexus has revised their GS saloon, but the changes run deeper than a subtle facelift. With a holistic fine-tuning process, the Japanese luxury carmaker says their baby performs better too. Greater generosity with the standard features also promises to sweeten the deal.
The new GS gets a wider track, more direct steering and an exhaust system that was “aurally-engineered” for a more thrilling tone. And for the first time in this market, you’ll be able to specify the striking F Sport package on the “starter” GS 350 model, which comprises a meaner bumper, more prominent Spindle Grille and more aggressive persona overall.
Power in the GS 350 still comes from a meaty V6 engine with 213kW and 345Nm on tap. Opt for the GS 450h hybrid and you’ll get an additional 39kW, while the torque figures kicks up to 620Nm courtesy of an electric motor and high-voltage battery. In this derivative, power is shifted via a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) while the 350 gets a traditional eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Also included in the flagship 450h is a rear cross-traffic alert system, which offers help when reversing out of a parking space. Pricing starts at R629 000 for the GS 350 EX and you’ll pay R697 800 for the F Sport. The GS 450h is priced at R872 100. A four-year/100 000-kilometre warranty and service plan is included.