Lexus At The 2004 Detroit Motor Show - The All New Lexus GS

Third Generation Lexus GS

Lexus RX

  • World debut of all-new GS
  • World debut of production version of hybrid power Lexus RX400h

Lexus has unveiled two significant new models at the North American International Auto Show. Taking centre stage at Detroit are the all-new GS sports saloon and the production version of the hybrid power RX400h prestige SUV. The vehicles demonstrate exciting new developments in Lexus styling and technology and advance the essential Lexus qualities of performance and unrivalled refinement.

The New Lexus GS

The new Lexus GS luxury sports saloon is a car that offers more power, more style and more advanced technology for improved safety, security, performance and comfort.

The new GS is powered by Lexus’s powerful 4.3-litre V8 engine and a new 3.0-litre V6, which replaces the straight-six unit offered in the current range. Both engines are matched to a new six-speed automatic transmission with a sequential, manual shift function. This combination allows for faster and substantially smoother acceleration and, thanks to precise and rapid gearshift control, improved fuel economy.

The car’s ride and handling are improved with the introduction of a new Adaptive Variable Suspension that allows the driver to adjust damping between four different settings to suit road conditions and driving style.

The new GS is the first production model to interpret a new range of Lexus design principles. Building on the themes revealed in the LF-S concept car presented at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the GS has a more sculpted bodywork, a longer wheelbase and shorter front and rear overhangs than its predecessor. These features help create a more sporting appearance, a quality enhanced by the low angle of the A and C pillars and deeper front air dam with integrated fog lamps.

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Published 7 January 2004 Melanie Carter
 

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