Lexus reveals new GS executive saloon

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Lexus has shown off the new version of its GS saloon at the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach in California.

The executive saloon appeared at the California show in GS450h petrol electric hybrid form, and will come to the UK with this and a GS 250 petrol engined version. It will also be available with an F Sport trim level.

The new car has been heavily restyled over the outgoing model, getting the angular face that is set to slowly spread across the Lexus range, and a much more sweeping rear end.

But Lexus says the biggest changes are to how the car drives, as it has attempted to make the GS "a more engaging driving experience".

To do this the team has widened the car's stance, revised the suspension and improved the shift times of the automatic gearbox.

The cornering ability should be aided by the new wider track, which is as much as 40mm wider at the front and 50mm at the rear, and the new multilink rear suspension. Four-wheel steering should also help with stability.



The 'driver experience' has also been enhanced by a revised engine sound and exhaust note.

The interior has had a total overhaul from the old car as well, with 25 percent more luggage capacity, and increased space for all passengers. Comfort will also be aided by a new energy-saving gadget called S-Flow is able to assess how many passengers are in the car, and direct the air conditioning to where they are sitting.

Other new kit includes a whiplash mitigating system that ensures occupants are in the best possible position come an accident, a Night Vision System to aid driving in the dark and a 12.3-inch high-resolution multi-media screen with the satellite navigation system.

The GS goes on sale at the start of 2012 and is expected to cost in the region of £45,000 for the hybrid model with the smaller petrol set to cost less.