Lexus’ new mid-size compact executive was previewed by the LF-Gh concept, which the company explained would serve as a styling direction for all its future models. The production GS that followed wasn’t introduced at an auto show, making its world premiere at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance instead.
Compared to the previous generation, the car has kept the same length, has gained 20 mm (0.79 inches) in width and 30 mm (1.18 inches) in height. Despite the little change in dimensions, the platform makes better use of these and the proportions give the GS a sportier appearance.
To be more precise, the front overhang is shorter by 10 mm (0.39 inches), the same amount by which the rear overhang has been increased. As for the tracks, the front one gains 40 mm (1.57 inches) and the rear one is now 50 mm (1.97 inches) wider.
The new design is dominated by the prominent front grille, which mixes the previous inverted trapezoid upper grille and tilted lower one. The side air intakes in the front fascia, which are visibly pushed back compared to the grille, are fake. However, there are two openings on the side of the aforementioned grille, which are used for cooling the front brakes. The GS450h uses dedicated headlights that come with an adaptive full-LED three-lamp construction, which accompanies the LED daytime running lights.
For the profile, the car has kept its predecessor’s silhouette, as well as the slingshot shape for the glass area. The roofline has bee raised by 15 mm (in) though, as Lexus wanted additional rear head room and luggage capacity. The panel gaps, as well as the gaps between the wheel arches and the tires are now smaller,
The rear of the GS accommodates aerodynamic tweaks aimed at reducing drag and also offering a high-speed stability boost. The taillights incorporate fins, which, together with the shape of the boot area, send the air over and past the car’s body. As for the air that goes under the car, this is controlled by the rear bumper diffuser. Lexus has used a little trick that aims to make the hybrid model look greener, covering the exhaust pipes.
The F Sport pack of our test car brings, among others, multiple exterior changes. The front apron
has an even more sculpted design, with larger side grilles and a dedicated mesh grille. The rear diffuser
uses grey metallic paint, as well as an additional chromed element. There’s also a specific bootlid spoiler, as well as a set of special 19-inch wheels
The combination between the aforementioned elements brings an effect that sets the F Sport apart from the standard GS, which is already a car with a sporty design.Continue reading
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