The 2016 Lexus GS line-up kicks off with the new turbocharged GS200t, replacing the GS250 level that opened the range before. The model spread is otherwise familiar fare, with the GS300h hybrid, GS350 and GS450h hybrid again starring.
The new GS200t is priced from $75,000 plus on-road costs, marking a $2890 increase over the pre-facelift GS250’s most recent starting point - although the range has previously started at around $77,000.
Styling changes for the GS family include a new look at the front end, with a broader version of Lexus’s familiar ‘spindle’ grille design, new headlights and daytime lamps, and tall new fog-light bezels.
Changes are less extravagant at the other end, with new RC Coupe-inspired tail-light internals and a revised look to the rear bumper and exhaust finishers.
There’s a host of small but notable changes in the cabin, including Lexus’s new-look steering wheel (including special stitching on high-grade models), a new clock and centre air vent surround, new metal highlights, remote touch switches and door trim switches, an updated shift lever knob, and a new centrally positioned rear lamp.
The GS200t replaces the 250’s 154kW/253Nm 2.5-litre petrol V6 with Lexus’s new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, with fuel consumption rated at 8.0L/100km on the combined cycle - a marked improvement over the less powerful GS 250’s 9.3L/100km.
GS 200t features:
GS 200t Luxury - $75,000 plus on-road costs
2.0-litre turbo engine generating 180kW and 350Nm
10-way power front seats with driver memory
eight-speed automatic transmission
12-speaker audio system
third generation Lexus Remote Touch Controller
1600kg braked towing capacity
eight-inch navigation display screen
three mode drive mode select
digital radio tuner (DAB+)
electronic park brake
electrochromatic interior mirror
tyre pressure monitor
heated and ventilated front seats
17-inch alloy wheels
automatic heated exterior mirrors with memory
smart entry and start with smart key card
LED headlamps with automatic high beam
LED daytime running lamps
All Speed Active Cruise Control
LED front foglamps
back guide monitor
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
clearance and rear sonar
Lane Keeping Assist
Pre-Collision Safety System with autonomous emergency braking
leather-accented seats, and
leather-accented steering wheel and gear shifter.
The LED headlights, All Speed Active Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS) are all upgrades over the GS 250.
A $4500 Enhancement Pack is also available with the GS 200t Luxury, adding a moonroof and 18-inch alloy wheels.
GS 200t F Sport - $83,000 plus on-road costs
five mode drive mode select (includes CUSTOMIZE function)
Naguri-style aluminium ornamentation
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
high friction front brake pads
18-way power driver’s seat with memory
10-way power passenger’s seat
electric rear sunshade
F Sport front seats
19-inch F Sport alloy wheels (new design)
F Sport pedals
LED high grade headlamps with Adaptive High Beam
F Sport steering wheel and gear shifter, and
F Sport bumper, grille and rear bumper.
The 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with Adaptive High Beam, Pre-Collision Safety System, All Speed Active Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist are all upgrades over the previous GS 250 F Sport.
The GS 200 F Sport also gets two Enhancement Pack options:
Enhancement Pack 1 - $4500: 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, 12.3-inch multimedia display and Head-Up Display (HUD).
Enhancement Pack 2 - $7000: all the features of EP1, and adds a moonroof.
Features in the petrol-electric GS 300h hybrid mirror those of the GS 200t.
The 300h Luxury is priced from $78,000 and the 300h F Sport is priced from $86,000. Both variants can be had with the same Enhancement Packs offered with the GS 200t.
The 232kW/380Nm 3.5-litre V6 GS 350 range is priced from $94,400 for the F Sport, with features over the 200t and 300h models including Mark Levinson audio, a head-up display and a 12.3-inch main display.
The GS 350 F Sport gets just one Enhancement Pack, which adds a moonroof at $2500.
Stepping up to the GS 350 Sports Luxury is a $105,500 plus on-road costs proposition, with features including semi-aniline leather-accented trim, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, power boot lid and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) control panel for rear passengers.
The 350 F Sports Luxury also boasts a heated steering wheel, over the previous 350 Sports Luxury model.
The GS 450h hybrid range’s features list mirrors that of the GS 350. Pricing for the hybrid starts at $106,000 for the F Sport grade - with a moonroof adding $2500 - and $117,500 for the Sports Luxury.
Powertrains and fuel consumption for the 300h, 350 and 450h models are unchanged for the new model year.
2016 Lexus GS pricing (plus on-road costs):
GS 200t Luxury - $75,000
GS 200t F Sport - $83,000
GS 300h Luxury - $78,000
GS 300h F Sport - $86,000
GS 350 F Sport - $94,400
GS 350 Sports Luxury - $105,500
GS 450h F Sport - $106,000
GS 450h Sports Luxury - $117,500