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Lexus GS debut in Frankfurt

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011

Last years German business sedans have left far forward on all parameters, and here Japanese have presented the answer — Lexus GS of a new generation. The creators have focused on machine design (in particular, the interior design), and also gave a variety of "novelty gadgets". Now it's a major trend among manufacturers of prestigious models, the Japanese have long been something to boast of. First, the vehicle may be equipped with night-vision camera, which allows to distinguish in the dark pedestrians crossing the road. Secondly, there is a tracking technology for road markings with the function of keeping the car in his lane. Third, information dashboard and navigation system is projected onto the windshield. Fourth, the machine is equipped with all-sky cameras, which help to park. You can enumerate a long time. However, German buyers of business sedans with such equipment you will not surprise.

Japanese always named GS a sports sedan, and the novelty, allegedly, became even more agressive. The modified rear multi-link suspension, some chassis tuning, aluminum levers - all designed to make the model sportier manners.

In the range of engines, as before, the gasoline engine and hybrid powertrain. No diesel versions. So far only submitted two versions - petrol hybrid GS 350 and GS 450h. The first can be either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a second rear-wheel drive. Later, a more accessible version of GS 250 (approximately - 208 hp).

Under the hood of the GS 350 - familiar from the previous generation 3.5-liter V6 rated at 306 horsepower, working together with a six-step "automatic".

The company's flagship hybrid also has not undergone significant technical changes. Here, 3.5-liter V6 is paired with an electric motor, which gives the total power of 338 hp. The dynamics of this version - very respectable: the acceleration to 100 km / h takes 5.6 sec. The big progress managed to achieve in the field of profitability. Fuel consumption was, allegedly, depressed approximately on 30 %. Concrete indicators of consumption of fuel aren't declared yet. The former generation in the commixed cycle burns 7,9 l/100 km.

Outwardly, the hybrid modification can be distinguished by a slightly different headlights with LED elements. First the differences were more pronounced: the hybrid had a fully chromed grille, while at the petrol versions, it was mostly black.

The most important plus of new generation is it's interior. To replace the boring old-fashioned style, with lots of wood, came the "high-tech." Emphasis is placed on metal and better quality plastic. Decorating interior - this is, of course, a huge screen of the multimedia complex. It's diagonal - 12.3 inches. To understand the dimensions were: the iPad tablet screen size is 9.7 inches.

Dimensions of Japanese practically haven't changed: the length makes, as before, 4 850 mm, and a wheelbase — 2 850 mm. It's on six centimeters less, than at Audi A6 of a new generation debuting in this year. Thus at Lexus the width and height have increased by pair centimeters in comparison with former generation. In interior became a little more spacious, especially on rear places. In Europe sales will begin in February.

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