Lexus has updated is GS large luxury sedan range for 2016, with a new look, new features and revised model line-up.
The refreshed GS joins the new RC 200t and the updated LX SUV, with the Japanese carmaker rolling out all of the new arrivals before the end of the year.
A new GS 200t variant now kicks off the GS range in Australia, powered by a 180kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The 200t is available in both Luxury and F Sport guises, with the new variant replacing the previous V6-powered GS 250.
Filling the rest of the GS range are updated versions of the 133kW/221Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder hybrid 300h, the 232kW/380Nm 3.5 litre V6 GS 350 and the range-topping 3.5 litre 215kW/352Nm 3.5 litre V6 hybrid 450h models.
All models are rear-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic is the only transmission on offer. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.0 l/100km for the new 200t, while figures for the rest of the range are unchanged.
A reworked front end headlines styling changes for the 2016 GS, including a more prominent ‘spindle’ grille and more slender headlights with altered daytime running lights.
Tail lamps and the rear bumper have also received a light going-over, and the GS is now available with a new range of paint finishes.
Inside, Lexus has upgraded its infotainment system via an eight-inch screen, added a new steering wheel and a new gear-shift knob and changed a host of smaller details around the cabin (clock and door handles being two examples).
Other features, depending on the variant, include a 12-speaker audio system with digital DAB+ radio, powered front seats that are heated and ventilated, rain-sensing wipers, an electronic park brake along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.
"The launch of three new vehicles, including two new turbo variants, provides customers with a wider choice and broadens our presence in important segments," Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said.
"GS features a range of important updates and the addition of the GS 200t model will deliver new levels of performance and efficiency in the GS midsize sedan.”
Pricing has been revised for the 2016 Lexus GS range, with the 200t starting from $75,000 plus on-road costs making it around $2800 more expensive than the now-deleted GS 250 model.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 LEXUS GS
- GS 200t Luxury - $75,000
- GS 200t F Sport - $83,000
- GS 300h Luxury - $78,000
- GS 300h F Sport - $86,000
- GS 350 F Sport - $94,400
- GS 350 Sports Luxury - $105,500
- GS 450h F Sport - $106,000
- GS 450h Sports Luxury - $117,500
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