New Lexus GS 250 revealedNew V6 petrol engine for GS range
23 November 2011
Lexus has unveiled its all-new GS 250 at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China.
Lexus GS 250: new 2.5-litre V6 engine
Powered by a 2.5-litre V6 with direct-port injection, the GS 250 marks a new addition to the GS model range.
The new powerplant produces 206bhp and 172lb ft of torque, equipping the GS 250 with fair levels of performance. It will propel the upcoming GS from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 142mph.
However, with combined fuel economy of 31.7mpg (claimed) and CO2 emissions of 207g/km, the new unit is not exceptionally economical or efficient next to a BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class of a similar specification.
The 2.5-litre V6 will be mated to Lexus’s Super ECT-i close-ratio six-speed automatic transmission, which has a manual override function.
According to Lexus, the new gearbox has been engineered to deliver faster shifts, improve acceleration from low speeds and deliver a throttle blip on downchanges in order to complement the range of driving modes available through the GS 250’s Drive Mode Select system.
Lexus GS 250: interior innovations
Compared to the current GS, Lexus’s latest luxury saloon has a more commodious interior with improved headroom and legroom for rear passengers.
Lexus has also equipped the new GS with the largest touchscreen media interface on the market, at 12.3 inches, and the GS 250 will be available with a new S-flow air conditioning system with ‘nanoe’ air-purifying technology.
Lexus GS 250: Improved driving dynamics
Thanks to a 14% stiffer bodyshell and retuned suspension, Lexus is claiming significant improvements in driving dynamics and a more responsive chassis compared to the outgoing GS.
In conjunction with the new car’s Drive Mode Select system, which gives the option of Eco, Normal and Sport S modes (Adaptive Variable Suspension-equipped vehicles offer a further Sport S+ mode), the GS 250’s character can be altered to suit the driver’s mood.
Car safety levels on the new GS 250 will be generous, with Lexus’s advanced Pre-Crash Safety system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Lexus Night View all available.
The new GS 250 is set to launch in the UK alongside the new GS 450h hybrid in June next year. A performance-themed F Sport version will make an appearance later.
Prices will be announced nearer the time.