The 2012 Lexus GS will make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours de’Elegance show next month, and today we got first glimpse of it in camouflage during a test run. From the appearance, the new 2012 Lexus GS is totally redesigned from front to end, which sets it much apart from the current generation’s style.
We can see that the rear no longer has the arching and rounded design, but it has a more traditional rectangular cut. Noticeably, we can see the front end looks a bit more like the new 2012 Lexus LF-Gh Concept with its pointy noise. The 2012 Lexus GS has the same wheelbase and overall width as the current GS, but the front track is wider by 1.6 inches and the rear track is wider by two inches. And from what we know so far, it has about 25 percent more trunk space than the current Lexus GS.
The 2012 Lexus GS is a rear-wheel drive sedan, which will come in two versions of standard and LDH trims. It weights in at about 3,638 pounds, and will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Then engine is mated to a revised 6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. In addition, it is equipped with four driving modes: Eco, Normal Sport and Sport+. With a dial knob to Sport, it activates powertrain changes such as throttle mapping and steering. And when dial to Sport+, it adds the chassis enhancements such as the rear-wheel steering, more responsive settings for the adaptive damping and the transmission will rev a gear a bit longer.
When putting the power to the pavement, the standard model gets 18-inch wheels with 235/45 R tires. While the LDH-equipped sedan get 235/40 R up front, 265/35 R in the back. And for stopping power, the 2012 Lexus GS LDH model gets an upgraded braking system, which includes aluminum rear calipers and the front gets new aluminum calipers along with high-friction pads.
Overall, the new 2012 Lexus is lighter, a bit more powerful, better fuel economy, and with a much sharper design. But we’ll have to wait and see the official specs before we can make the final judgement. So stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted.