The all-new 2012 Lexus GS has been spotted in China, despite being set for a 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling in just over a few weeks' time. As predicted, the new GS takes plenty of design cues from the Lexus LF-Gh Concept.
These images, initially posted up on Chinacartimes, show a 2012 Lexus GS sitting without any camouflage or covering whatsoever. It's unknown where the GS was seen exactly, but having a model ready to be unveiled in China is according to plan for Lexus.
Lexus will be rivalling the likes of BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and Mercedes-Benz's E-Class, all of which are very popular models in China. As part of the effort to push Lexus sales beyond the rivals, China will be a very important market.
Judging by these spy images, the new Lexus GS will showcase plenty of the designs aspects seen on the Lexus LF-Gh. However, the front end is a little more conservative in comparison, presenting a softer less aggressive face as the concept, particularly the lower chin.
Meanwhile the rear end will showcase a typical Lexus layout, albeit with some sporty and slightly futuristic tailpipe outlets. It features all-new taillights and well proportioned contours and angles.
Engine options for the new model will include a V6 petrol engine for the entry-level model, while a hybrid variant and a V8 are also likely to join the lineup. Various models will be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
Reports say that Lexus will be revealing more details of the 2012 GS prior to the official 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, which starts on September 13. We'll keep you updated on any other details as they come.
What do you think of the new look? Does it suit the current Lexus design philosophy? Does it fit well?
(images courtesy of Chinacartimes.com)