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Lexus GS 450h

Lexus GS 350 interior
Lexus hopes to turnaround sales slump with new models

Toyota's Lexus division has been having a rough year. For starters, the product line is aging and lacks the visual "punch" of many of competitors from Germany. As a result, both BMW and Mercedes have surpassed perennial luxury sales leader Lexus this year in sales. Part of this can be attributed to the devastating earthquake in Japan that hampered production, but the loss of momentum can mainly be blamed on the lack of new blood for the brand.

After teasing the LF-Gh concept in April, Lexus last month unveiled the first in a multi-pronged attempt to claw back at the luxury market. The 2012 GS 350 rides on an all-new platform (the engines are mostly carryover), and features an impressive new interior. Today, Lexus has unveiled the hybrid counterpart to the GS 350: the GS 450h.

The second-generation GS450h gets its motivation from a 3.5-liter V6 engine (Atkinson Cycle) and a water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor. Total system output is 338hp and is good enough to push the 4,190-pound midsize luxury sedan to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. 

Interestingly, Toyota is still sticking with a NiMH battery pack for the GS 450h instead of lighter, and more powerful lithium-ion batteries like its competitors. Toyota is usually at the forefront of hybrid/battery technology, so we're assuming that the company decided to maximize cost cutting instead of maximum performance/efficiency.

“The all-new GS 450h will provide our customers with an exciting blend of performance and precision in a new hybrid package,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager in the U.S. “With its dynamic exterior styling, roomy interior and advanced technology features, the GS 450h further demonstrates Lexus’ mastery of the luxury hybrid.”

Lexus will not only be battling diesel and hybrid models from Germany with the 2012 GS 450h, but it will also be battling the M Hybrid which has total output of 360hp and EPA ratings of 27/32/29 (city/highway/combined). Lexus has not yet released EPA numbers for the new 2012 GS 450h, but the existing model is rated at 22/25/23 (city/highway/combined).



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RE: Exponential rise in popularity?
By GulWestfale on 9/12/2011 8:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
this incredibly boring and plain design is never going to sell well. i mean, just look at this:
http://www.bimmerpost.com/wp-content/themes/next/m...

what would you rather drive?


RE: Exponential rise in popularity?
By Spuke on 9/12/2011 8:33:35 PM , Rating: 5
Sorry but that looks like a tampon.


RE: Exponential rise in popularity?
By jtemplin on 9/12/2011 8:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno about that...lol

But the nose definitely looks like a Jag/Aston Martin.


RE: Exponential rise in popularity?
By Samus on 9/13/2011 2:12:17 AM , Rating: 2
If you ever visit Chicago, you'd be surprised how many Lexus Hybrid SUV's (RX 450h) are on the road. I see at least a dozen of them, almost always black (an ironic color for a hybrid?) during my daily commute.


By someguy123 on 9/12/2011 9:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
All front no back. I like the way the front looks on BMWs, but looking at it in its entirety it just looks awkward. Same mercedes.


By SilthDraeth on 9/13/2011 1:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think the Lexus looks way better.


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