The fourth generation GS features a bolder, more dynamic exterior that reflects the next evolution of Lexus’ unique ‘L finesse’ design philosophy and introduces the new face of Lexus.
Key to the new look of GS is a more aggressive frontal treatment which gives the new GS the commanding road presence appropriate for a Lexus sports sedan.
Lexus New Zealand General Manager of Product Planning, Neeraj Lala said “The fourth generation GS introduces Lexus’ new signature styling. The design not only advances the ‘L finesse’ philosophy, it makes the GS look bolder and more dynamic.”
Central to the new GS is the bold ‘spindle’ grille. In a further evolution of a styling cue first introduced on Lexus LS460 and LS600hL then CT models, the inverted trapezoid upper grille and slanted lower grille have been combined and integrated into a single element, bridging the bumper mid-section to create a prominent spindle shape.
The spindle grille is a prominent feature of Lexus’ new corporate face and will be adopted throughout the brand line up to convey a clear Lexus family identity.
Brake cooling ducts flank the new grille and increase airflow to the brakes.
The headlights are positioned higher than the grille for a more resolute look. The headlights themselves are underscored by newly developed LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) which form the ‘L finesse’ arrowhead motif, further reinforcing GS’ unique visual signature.
Headlights are high performance Bi-Xenon HID style for all models except the GS450h Luxury package which has LED headlights, further improving the hybrid’s environmental credentials. An Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) is standard and enables the headlights to swivel left and right in response to steering input and vehicle speed, to direct light around bends and improve night time visibility.
Automatic High Beam (AHB) is a first for Lexus in New Zealand. Available for Luxury package models, Active High Beam detects light sources in front of the vehicle and switches the high beams on and off as needed to assist with safe night driving. AHB allows the high beam lights to be activated as much as possible, without blinding other drivers.
The front bumper forms a wide, trapezoid shape and reinforces the GS’s wider body and wider front and rear track, for a broader stance. Overall vehicle width has increased by 20mm.
In profile, the new GS shares its predecessor’s long, elegant cabin proportions and slingshot window design, highlighted by a stainless steel door frame moulding.
The 25mm higher roofline reflects the increase in rear passenger room.
The door handles are easier to grip, and the four-door smart entry lock mechanism has been changed from a push switch to a touch sensor, improving both appearance and operability.
The door mirrors incorporate both LED side turn signal lights and puddle lights.
The gap between wheel arches and tyres has been reduced, further enhancing the appearance of the new GS.
At the rear, the new design narrows behind the flared wheel arches, exposing the lower portion of the rear tyre to emphasise the vehicle’s wide rear track.
New integrated dual exhaust outlets for GS250 and GS350 add to the low, muscular stance.
LED rear light clusters feature double ‘L’ shaped highlights to give GS an unmistakable rear character. LED lights provide greater visibility, faster illumination and power savings.
All GS F Sport models feature unique exterior treatment, including an exclusive front grille and bumper, rear bumper and lip spoiler plus 19 inch alloy wheels and ‘F Sport’ badging.
The F Sport front bumper design features a prominent three dimensional form at the side, incorporating enlarged mesh style side grilles, inspired by Lexus’ V10 supercar, the LFA. The exclusive F Sport upper and lower grille mesh design reinforces GS’s more aggressive frontal appearance, wide track and sporting stance.
At the rear, GS250 and GS350 F Sport models feature a grey metallic paint finish to the lower bumper diffuser, adding further emphasis to GS’ muscular dual exhaust outlets.
All F Sport models have a rear spoiler and exclusive dark metallic 10 spoke 19 inch alloy wheels with black ‘L’ logo centre caps.
Complementing the new exterior design is a choice of 11 colours, including three that are new to the Lexus colour range: Crimson Crystal (red with glass flakes), Meteor Mica (blue) and Sonic Silver.
Other available colours include White Pearl, Basalt Mica (grey), Onyx (black), Elysium Black, Starlight Black (black with glass flakes), Metallic Silk (gold), Lapis Lazuli (metallic dark blue) and Volcanic Bronze (metallic golden-brown).
Selected GS exterior colours benefit from Lexus' unique self-healing paint as standard. Developed and tested over two years, the paint features an advanced layer of clear coat that heals minor scratches when left in the sun after damage.
Vehicles in Crimson Crystal and Starlight Black benefit from glass flakes incorporated into the coating, adding a high level of brilliance to the paint.
Lexus engineers also developed a new advanced coating process for the Sonic Silver finish. The new GS is the first Lexus to adopt this new coating technology. Vehicles with the Sonic Silver exterior appear more radiant as the controlled alignment of aluminium pigments gives both strong shading and defined, sharp highlights. This metallic effect makes subtle and defined bodylines more noticeable and the surface appear finely polished.
Take a look at the all new GS here.