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Lexus Australia has introduced the ‘X’ package for the Lexus GS 300 Sport and Sports Luxury models.

The Lexus GS 300 X Sport scores a moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, smart entry key card, clearance and reversing sonar, rear lip spoiler and X badging.

Already equipped with a moonroof, smart entry and sonar system in standard spec, the Lexus GS 300 X Sports Luxury also benefits from 18-inch alloys, rear spoiler and X badging.

The GS 300 X editions will be available with new Starlight Black paint, which according to Lexus contains special glass flakes that reflect and refract light and allow it to shine through to the base coat.

The Lexus GS 300 X Sport is priced from $89,900, and the Lexus GS 300 X Sports Luxury is priced $5000 higher at $94,900 – representing combined extra value and savings of around $10,000 for both models.

The release of the X package is an attempt from Lexus Australia to maintain consumer interest in the outgoing GS range, which was first launched Down Under more than six and a half years ago.

Lexus sold just 58 GS sedans in Australia in the first eight months of 2011, leaving it well behind the segment leaders: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (1001), BMW 5 Series (931), Audi A6 (458) and Jaguar XF (348).

Lexus will be hoping to get a big sales boost from the highly publicised and heavily anticipated all-new Lexus GS performance luxury sedan when it goes on sale in Australia next year.

The range will be launched by the GS 350 and GS 350 F Sport in the second quarter of 2012, and followed by the GS 450h hybrid in the second half of the year.




  • JML

    If beige were a car, this would be it.

    • Su

      How?? That Lexus looks beautiful..

    • Jake Williams

      No, the new Jetta would be it.

      • Bangel

        No skoda’s.

        • Jake Williams

          No, the new Jetta.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

    It has a understated and elegent subtle design.. Far from bland.. If you want bland look at cars like; 3 series, new territory, all of Holdens lineup..

  • F1MotoGP

    Nothing special. Looks good engine same. “Smart entry key” big deal my sister in Europe she had it in the last few years on her Renault Scenic.

    • Reno911

      Hahahaa comparing Lexus to Renault.. Just by listening to the engine noise the Lexus is superior.. They have quiet & smooth revving engines which are very reliable, strong and fuel efficient..

      And don’t even get me started on the manufacturing process & build quality.. Just go to any Lexus showroom in Australia and just look at the cars on the show floor, they are beautifully made and impeccably engineered as Hammond from Top gear says.. Any person who has a good understand of sophisticated manufacturing process can obviously witness Lexus build quality..

      • F1MotoGP

        You did not read my comment. I did not compared Lexus to Renault!!! I just was saying that Renault had few years ago smart entry key. Lexus is a MUCH BETTER car!!

    • F1MotoGP

      You do not get a key with the car just a plastic card size control. Check Wikipedia for smart key 26 car companies got smart key entry. (Renault: Hands Free Keycard)

  • John Citizen

    i always thought the GS was underrated but it is starting to show its age

    • JW

      Starting to show its age? LOL it’s a car from 2005.. Show me the BMW’s, Audi’s & Mercs from 2005 and we will see how well they have aged..

      Odds are if you see this on the roads (In Sydney, you see the GS quite often) then chances are it looks better then the other cars around it..

      In a way it is the ultimate expression of timeless design..

    • Travis Blair

      Age ? I think after all these years it still looks great. In fact better looking then alot of brand new 2012 models.

  • STP

    Doesn’t justify the $90k price tag…

    • Meurtino

      STP.. You do realize the GS is a competitor of the 5 series BMW & Mercedes E-class.. This car comes with more features standard and also comes in more powerful variants..

      How much is a base 5 series?

      • Phil

        You think the 5 series and E class don’t come in more powerful variants?

        $99K for the BMW 528i which is already more powerful and burns a 20% fuel (8.0\100km vs GS300s 9.8)
        $83K for the BMW 520D which does 0-100km\h in 8.1 secs and burns 5.2L\100km.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

          Hahaha a $100k for entry level 5 series which is weaker then the entry level GS..

          • GWM

            Sales number proved this is not a car market wants.

        • Dan

          The GS comes fully optioned. Option up the BMW and Merc up to GS’s standard and they will be a LOT more expensive!

  • jagu

    The other day i saw an LS460 driving passed me and i thought that it looked very nice.. It caught my attention that it looked quite unique on the road.. Although in USA you see the big flagship LS everywhere, in Australia they’re quite rare to find on the road..

    • Phil

      Why do people keep saying they “say a LS460 recently” and that ” it looked nice”?

      • Bookmann

        The LEXUS LS460 is a nice car man

    • GWM

      I think they need to do better in marketing…i cant remember when is the last time i saw Lexus have advertisment on TV…but i can recall a few times over BMW and the most frequent one…Benz C-Class coupe.

  • gg

    hard to believe that is design is 6 and a half years old!?

    My god, it looks so fresh and still so new!!

    Lexus are good designers

  • Jessyb

    Thumbs UP If you think Lexus makes better cars then the Germans

    Thumbs DOWN if you think Lexus makes inferior products to the Germans

  • Fuucbok

    I like Lexus so bad.. I used to not like them much, but if you made me choose between BMW, Mercedes, Audi or Lexus.. I would choose Lexus.

  • Chucky

    Finally they decide to drop their prices, but they waited too long for it to make enough of a difference in sales. If they jack up the prices again when the new model comes out, then they deserve the poor sales they currently have.

  • Chucky

    What also annoys me is that by Lexus not pricing their cars competitively enough, it only encourages the Germans to continue ripping us off. Why buy a Lexus when you can have a superior German car (albeit with a few less standard features) for the same price?

    • d4-s

      Superior? What’s superior about the Germans ones? THey’re weaker, less features, smaller in size, unreliable and are poorly made..

  • Andre

    Not sure I like the ‘X’ badge as it cheapens the car and looks tacky. I acknowledge that the car is well built and so on but can’t warm to it in the same way I warm to the German brands. But that’s me, – if it floats someone’s boat then I see nothing wrong with anyone putting their money on a Lexus (or anything else for that matter).
    It seems a forever discussion as to who is, or would be right in getting one car over another… Brand loyalty can be blinding – it is so exciting to have so much choice – none of it wrong or right – each indiviual’s call.

    • prt

      The only reason people buy the German is the badge.. Lexus us superior in every aspect..

      • Andre

        That’s your perception…

  • mac

    IF Lexus advertised as much as they do in USA, they would become the #1 Selling Luxury brand in AUstralia….

  • Prvtt

    (North America)

    According to Edmunds, monthly analysis of the True Cost of IncentivesSM (TCISM), Lexus upped its average incentive spending 41 percent to $2,667 per vehicle in August, the biggest month-to-month increase by any major automotive brand. The boost in spending was far more dramatic than BMW’s, which ticked up just four percent to $3,664 per vehicle from July. Mercedes-Benz’s incentive spending, meanwhile, fell nine percent to $3,808 per vehicle in August.

    Hmmm BMW & Mercedes need to give strong incentive to customer in order to sell, while customers choose Lexus by defualt..

  • dfher

    (North America)

    According to Edmunds, monthly analysis of the True Cost of Incentives , Lexus upped its average incentive spending 41 percent to $2,667 per vehicle in August, the biggest month-to-month increase by any major automotive brand. The boost in spending was far more dramatic than BMW’s, which ticked up just four percent to $3,664 per vehicle from July. Mercedes-Benz’s incentive spending, meanwhile, fell nine percent to $3,808 per vehicle in August.

    BMW & Mercedes need to give strong incentive to customer in order to sell, while customers choose Lexus by defualt..

  • dfher

    In USA Lexus upped its average incentive spending 41 percent to $2,667 per vehicle in August, the biggest month-to-month increase by any major automotive brand. The boost in spending was far more dramatic than BMW’s, which ticked up just four percent to $3,664 per vehicle from July. Mercedes-Benz’s incentive spending, meanwhile, fell nine percent to $3,808 per vehicle in August.

    BMW & Mercedes need to give strong incentive to customer in order to sell, while customers choose Lexus by defualt..

  • Affluat

    December 2010 U.S sales of Large Luxury Cars;

    S-class: 1,002
    Lexus LS:1,182
    Audi A8: 82
    7 Series: 155
    Porsche Panarama: 678

  • Andre

    Disagree with PRT that Lexus is superior in EVERY regard and that people only buy German cars because of the badge. Yes, you may need to spend more with German brands, though not so much anymore.
    Personally nothing really against Lexus but my experience with a few brands makes me appreciate the German cars more; though I’d prefer a Lexus to a BMW.. Just me, doesn’t make either superior in EVERY regard…
    And really why bother with that argument anyway as you can drill it down or chunk it up and the outcome may be that you only buy a Lexus because of the badge as you could buy an almost equally good Toyota or even Kia or Hyundai – they’ve all come far far.

    • Expo

      Sorry, but a Lexus is in a different level to any other brand when it comes to luxury, refinement, convenience, smoothness etc.. Lexus just are nice, nice is the best way to describe Lexus cars..

  • Runnaln

    GS 350 in US sells for $48k, if they were that price here they would sell like hot cakes Rip of Oz once again.

  • Runnaln

    GS 350 is the New Model what a massive rip off, we are fools to pay these prices

  • SanJo

    Lexus are sophisticated products..

    Typical Japanese luxury..

  • bluechi

    6 and a half years ago was mid-2005.. This car looks better then cars produced in 2011

    Talk about timeless design.

    The Lexus Design L-finesse is “Seamless Anticipation, Incisive Simplicity & Intriguing elegance”

    I think all Lexus meet those criteria..

  • Travis Blair

    Lexus really knows how to deisgn good looking car.

    I mean this car still looks fresh like a brand new 2012 car. Where a BMW/Audi/Merc design from the same year already look dated.

    And looking at the new BMW designs they already look boring and stale. I saw a brand new Lexus CTh today in grey and the car looks damn good in person. Looks better looking then the A3, GTI etc.

    Lexus designers are good. They never make their cars look over the top but just right.