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The all-new and dramatically styled Lexus GS 350 is to be previewed at the Johannesburg International Motor Show to be held at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, from October 6-16. It will be launched locally next year. The US version of this luxury car was unveiled officially at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in mid-August.
The new GS combines bold, dynamic styling, precise handling, innovative technology, and a spacious interior. The fourth-generation GS has been completely redesigned, inside and out, and will feature the brand’s evolving design philosophy, with styling cues such as a distinctive new front grille that will become integrated into future Lexus vehicles. The new GS will also lead the rest of the Lexus line-up in an entirely new direction of driving dynamics.
GS engineers challenged themselves to develop a more spacious interior environment. While leaving exterior dimensions virtually unchanged, they dramatically increased cabin and boot space. Richly endowed with world-class features and premium details, the new GS is supported by advanced, performance-enhancing technology that makes it more than just a luxury car.
Designing the new GS 350 to be both strong and agile was a key focus of the engineering team. They looked to the Lexus LFA supercar for inspiration and carried over some key elements to provide a more engaging driving experience, including a new aerodynamic body; a completely new platform with a wider stance and stiffer structure; a transmission with quicker shifts, distinctive engine sound and exhaust notes, and better seat support.
The new GS is powered by an advanced quad cam 3.5-litre V6, featuring four valves per cylinder with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). Producing 228kW it accelerates from 0-100km/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 outboard occupants are equipped with side curtain airbags.
Next-generation Lexus multimedia brings a host of exciting entertainment and connectivity enhancements, including enhanced Bluetooth® capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio.
An industry-first 12.3-inch, split-screen, high-resolution multi-media display has been designed for the GS. The split-screen ultra-large display enhances visibility through the use of advanced, high-definition graphics that are easy to read and easy to use. The 12.3-inch screen is large enough to support simultaneous, split-screen viewing of a large map display, plus audio, climate or other vehicle information.
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 luxury-first 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 over the previous generation.
The new GS is set to lead Lexus in an exciting new direction. Buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier interior package.