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LEXUS GS250/350/450H

Future Models — 2012 GS

GS250 to spearhead onslaught

Kick-off point: The Lexus GS250 will the Japanese brand a price rival to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz when it arrives in April.

GS to lead Lexus large-car as nine new models and compact SUV

16 January 2012

LEXUS has announced that the new 2.5-litre variant will spearhead its GS large sedan range from April, before an raft of new F Sport models and the luxury brand’s first SUV come on stream.

As we reported in when the new small-capacity V6-powered GS was ahead of China’s Guangzhou show, the GS250 will Lexus’s first sub-$80,000 for entry-level four-cylinder variants of A6, BMW’s 5 Series, Mercedes’ and the Jaguar XF.

Lexus has now confirmed it open the new and expanded three-variant GS range here from powered by a 154kW 2.5-litre V6 matched with a six-speed automatic transmission and offering acceleration in 8.6 seconds and better still unspecified) fuel than the GS350.

The GS350 come with a larger and powerful 233kW 3.5-litre V6 with direct and port injection, which will not push it to 100km/h in six seconds but do so while using less than the outgoing GS300’s 3.0-litre V6.

The range-topping GS450h is powered by a 252kW direct/port-injection 3.5-litre V6 that teams an electric motor to hit 100km/h in 5.9 seconds yet consumes only making it 20 per cent more than before.

From Lexus GS F-Sport, facelifted and LF-LC concept.

All three GS models will be available in F Sport guise.

“The new GS will cater to a wide of customers: those looking to the luxury sports sedan with GS250, all the way to those who wish to sacrifice performance for with GS 450h,” said Australia chief executive Cramb.

“This greater range of will be bolstered by F Sport which will cater for who want to extract that bit extra out of their vehicle, be it enjoyment or visual appeal.

our rivals, Lexus will the F Sport range across our model and driveline range, consumers greater choice. In just because you don’t need the power of a GS350 or doesn’t mean you can’t looking at or driving your

The new GS range will be the first in a of new Lexus models, with the premium division promising no than nine new or upgraded this year alone in the US, new model activity every until at least 2018.

will kick off its 2012 onslaught with the facelifted luxury SUV, which at the Detroit motor show month before arriving in showrooms in March.

The same will see Lexus release the generation of its mid-size ES sedan, a that is unavailable in Australia but could this time be produced in right-hand drive for Australia.

Following the release of and F Sport versions of the new GS250, and then GS450h in the second Lexus will unveil and – for the first time – F Sport of its facelifted RX medium SUV at the Geneva in March and of its facelifted LS limousine at the show in September.

Further Lexus is expected to reveal a IS medium sedan next before previewing the brand’s compact SUV – its first additional since the CT200h hybrid was launched last year.

The Japanese brand, which unprecedented global stock due to the crippling Japanese earthquake March, has confirmed it now has the engineering to release its first small SUV the next two years.

“Yep, working on it – it’s happening,” the manager of the company’s new product and planning division, Karl told GoAuto in Detroit.

going through the process – locked in and will happen. Not F Sport models, that’s going to be your next Lexus model.

“We think it be a winner everywhere.”

Mr Schlicht the first small Lexus which will be positioned the large LX and mid-size RX and is likely to be on parent company Toyota’s RAV4 platform, will showrooms before the production of the striking LF-LC, which in Detroit last week and become reality if public is positive by around 2015.

He a range-topping GS F was also on the cards if could find a suitable solution, reports on which ranged between everything a detuned version of the LFA supercar’s V10 or a more powerful version of the IS F’s 5.0-litre V8.

“Too early to said Mr Schlicht. “If you had a real GS F, have a pure performance

“Put it this way – we all want one (a GS F), we haven’t worked out how to get one. I the engineering and marketing sides want one to fill out our F portfolio, the way we see it is: LFA, then a proper F which is IS F and GS F, then we’d the F Sports to fill out the range.

how we all see it, but we haven’t managed that yet of all the activity you’re seeing. being refreshed.

“We want to sure all our core series are up to If there’s any money left in the then I guess we’ll on that, so we’ll see.”

After 21 years of establishing the and broadening its model range, Mr said the third development for Lexus will deliver products.

He said new products the compact LF-LC, GS F and compact SUV being realised by a new dedicated pool and new management structure for which is now headed personally by Motor Corporation president Toyoda.

“An example of how the company is is Akio being much to us and Lexus, but perhaps even important than that is, of that, for the first time we kind of a dedicated resource

“In the past we had to fight model by with Toyota. We now basically a resource pool just for which doesn’t mean we carte blanche – it still has to go the normal review process – but if, for we had a year where we didn’t anything, we can now on our own as a management team something like a coupe, is how this is happening.

“So we have kind of control now that we have in the past – a kind of to some degree.

“In the past we had these gaps of one or two years nothing new, and there’s worse than having new in the showroom.

“So, in addition to you’re hearing, we’re to have something new – either a model change or an update – and every year as far as I can see, today is 2018 … so we don’t get that situation where we up the brand, we get momentum, then we nothing new.”

In an arrangement he as a pilot project for internationalisation TMC, which was previously a 100 per Japanese-run company, Mr Schlicht Lexus was now represented in Japan by planning representatives from a of key markets, including Australia, China, Taiwan, South and the Middle East.

Mr Schlicht, who before his global headed up Lexus in Canada, the UK and was responsible for creating a new level of within Lexus called transfer plus (ICT-Plus), the Australian example of which be posted in Japan from giving Lexus Australia a role in planning products for the time.

“We’ve got Australia in our office talking to us every day so we’re actually getting to the markets that way,” he

“Australia for the first time have a direct conduit product development. There’s better than being in the every day.”

Mr Schlicht the simplified management structure to make Lexus a more organisation to compete more with its German luxury

“We run Lexus in Japan, but when can’t be done properly in under this new structure we can decisions. We’re starting a new in LA – a little international split-off our team.

“There’s some of marketing we cannot do well Japan because of either IT policy or info sharing or agency structure is not that for international consumption.

“The US is so much material so, if we can customise and share that back to the we’re going to be much efficient.

“We’ve broken a lot of the rules with support Akio and TMC to try something new and change to make it a smaller, more organisation.

“We have ‘delayered’ six EVP vice-president) and senior managing levels out of the system, because is a half-million car company. Toyota’s 7.5 and why do we have to go through the same and beaurocracy as Toyota?

“That’s been a big change, but as you Akio likes the emotion of like the FT-86 and that’s one he pushed hard on the GS. He nearly that GS a couple of times and we levelled up the car to the point where we it’s a winner.

“Same with (the LF-LC). obviously very excited the fact we’re getting with coupes and more designs. He knows TMC’s has been design for a long He wants to change that and he to change the driving feel.

“So it’s Akio, but partially we ourselves we have to change as a brand for the future. We’ve fantastic so far as a challenger to the established but now we have to make sure we change and stay relevant for the generation, so that’s what doing.”

Mr Schlicht said could never hope to the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in volume terms, because of the those brands have in and because Lexus sales to complement rather than those of Toyota.

“Audi, BMW and I guess are in a volume race, but we have the same volume as they do in Europe,” he said. “If you out their Europe business, you see a situation where Lexus is – in a year, if we didn’t have all crises – pretty close.

“If you add (in the that) in Europe they’ve got a history and they’ve got everyone you’ve got to drive a German they’ve an advantage we can’t that easily.

“From our of view, this year was next year we think be maybe close to 500,000, and then on we’re not trying to race with them on If we did that, we’d be eating our Toyota business … but that’s not the of this company – it’s not the of Lexus.

“Akio said at Pebble (in August), we want to be the best, not the I know some people say that’s an excuse – if we were we would chase them, but a different culture.

“Mercedes have a Toyota – it doesn’t a mainstream brand in the family, so to it doesn’t matter. They can go all the different categories, but we have an Toyota business with Toyota dealers.

“Lexus’s is to grab those people are not in the Toyota world and make that people come to from Toyota or they to Lexus from other brands.”

What’s coming Lexus:

LX570 facelift –

GS350 redesign, GS350 F – April

New GS250, GS250 F – May

GS450h redesign, GS450h F – June

RX350/450h facelift, F – March reveal

LS460/600hL F Sport – September reveal

New Sport – 2013

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