Lexus Malaysia has introduced the new GS facelift. The sedan will be available here in three variants – GS 300h, GS 350 and the new GS 200t, which replaces the previous V6-powered GS 250.
Offered in F Sport, Premium and Luxury trims, the GS 200t follows in the footsteps of the IS 200t and NX 200t by adopting Toyota’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder 8AR-FTS engine that integrates Variable Valve Timing intelligent – Wide (VVTi-W) and the D-4ST direct injection system. The unit packs 241 hp at 5,800 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,650 rpm to 4,400 rpm – 17% more power and 38% more torque over the 2.5-litre engine in the GS 250.
The output is channeled to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission, which features Uphill Downshift Control and Downshift Lock-up Control. The former selects the optimum gear for excellent drivability, while the latter maintains the lock-up condition to ensure a direct feel in relation to accelerator pedal operation. A Power Saving Control function is also present for optimum fuel consumption.
The GS 350, meanwhile, retains the 3.5-litre V6 2GR-FKS engine that powered the pre-facelift model. Mated to the same gearbox as the GS 200t, the six-cylinder mill churns out 311 hp and 380 Nm to the rear axle. The hybrid GS 300h features a combination of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder 2AR-FSE petrol engine with 178 hp/221 Nm, and an electric motor with 140 hp and 300 Nm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an E-CVT said to have optimised gear ratio settings.
Regardless of variants, the facelifted GS features a Drive mode selector with Normal, Eco, Sport and Sport+ modes. Except for the GS 200t Premium, all variants with the Adaptive Variable Suspension now include a Customise mode that allows mixed powertrain, chassis and air-conditioner settings.
Equipment-wise, all GS variants get the new triple-L-shaped LED headlamps, save for the GS 200t Premium, which is kitted with bi-LED headlamps. These are complemented by the trademark spindle grille, daytime running lights on the bumper corner and L-shaped LED tail lights. The GS 300h has a concealed tailpipe and stabilising fins in the rear bumper for improved aerodynamics.
Seven colours are offered, including three new ones: Red Mica Crystal Shine, Sonic Quartz, and Heat Blue Contrast Layering, depending on the variant. The F Sport variants can be specified in either Heat Blue Contrast Layering or White Nova Glass Flake, with the interior colours available in either black or dark rose with Shimamoku wood trim.
Changes in the interior can be seen in the dashboard where the ornamentation starting from the centre has a new dynamic form that spreads out and up to the top of the side registers. The steering wheel centre pad now has genuine leather with double stitching, except for the GS 200t Premium. The Remote Touch Interface knob now includes ‘Back’ and ‘Enter’ functions.
On top of that, the shift knob now has leather wrapping with stitching and satin trim to enhance grip, while the inside door handles have satin plating instead of conventional paint. The palm rest also has leather upholstery with stitching. Elsewhere, you’ll find a 12.3-inch display in the centre console, a 4.2-inch colour TFT Multi Information Display, keyless entry, new seat upholstery, triple-zone air-conditioning system, paddle shifters and an analogue clock, among others.
Safety features comprise ten airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS and a rear view camera. The GS 200t F Sport and Luxury gain a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The GS also comes with security and solar film, as well as an emergency kit.
Above is the price summary for the new GS facelift. All variants are backed by Lexus’ factory warranty of three years or 100,000 kms, whichever comes first. The battery pack in the GS 300h is covered by an 8-year warranty with no limitation on mileage covered.