Convenience And Entertainment
The GS 450h is equipped with a comprehensive range of technologically advanced equipment, designed both to simplify and enhance life on board. These include Smart Key access, sequenced interior lighting as driver or passengers enter or leave the vehicle, push-button engine start-up and steering-sensitive parking sensors.
It also features the only fully electric climate control air conditioning system in its segment, reducing the impact on fuel economy and performance compared to conventional systems.
In the cabin, the instrument panel remains clearly visible in all light conditions, thanks to the new Electronic Chromatic Device (ECD). This uses a light sensor in the high-mounted stop light to gauge the ambient light level and adjust the brightness of the Optitron instrument dials accordingly.
SE and SE-L models are fitted as standard with the new Lexus Multimedia and Navigation package. This includes a 14-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System with six-disc DVD autochanger, Bluetooth connectivity and the Lexus Parking Assist Monitor.
The latest generation Lexus Navigation System delivers faster route calculation and clearer graphics, using enhanced display technology via a seven-inch Electro Multi Vision (EMV) touch-screen. Voice commands can be used to control navigation, audio, air conditioning and hands-free telephone functions.
Lexus GS 450h And The UK Market
In the UK, the launch of the new GS range in April 2005 revitalised the range, with year-end sales figures up by almost 700 per cent to 1,820 units. For the remainder of 2006 Lexus expects to sell 700 GS 450h models, accounting for 30 per cent of all GS sales. In 2007 the annual total is expected to rise to 750 units.
The new GS 450h is on sale now. Details of pricing and insurance groups are given in the table below.
|Model||OTR Price||Insurance Group|
|GS 450h SE||£43,920||17E|
|GS 450h SE-L||£46,765||18E|
Class-leading company car tax rating
The new Lexus GS 450h enters the premium executive segment with tax rates that will save drivers thousands of pounds each year compared to the bills incurred by competitor models. Emitting 186g/km of carbon dioxide, the GS 450h SE incurs a benefit-in-kind rate for company car tax of 21 per cent. With a list price of £43,920, that produces an annual tax bill of £3,672.
Service intervals and warranty
Service intervals are every two years/20,000 miles, with a health and safety inspection annually or every 10,000 miles, including an oil and filter check. Low maintenance requirements and ownership costs are supported by the use of long-life components such as air filter and spark plugs, and the use of cheaper mineral grade engine oil.
The GS 450h is covered by Lexus’s three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty, a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and for added peace of mind, the vehicle’s high voltage battery and hybrid components are protected by a five-year/60,000-mile warranty.Published 21 May 2006