If you are looking for a lavish sporty sedan but the German and Italian models do not suit your bill, try the new 2018 Lexus GS. It has got a striking design and enough power under the hood to please the acceleration lovers.
The cabin is also laden with amenities that will make you swoon. For 2018, the model gets a nice makeover.
2018 Lexus GS – Changes and Safety Features
The 2018 Lexus GS is available in several versions- GS 300, GS 350, GS 450h and GS 350 AWD. The GS F is there for sporty car lovers. At first look, you cannot help notice eth massive spindle grille- even if you do not like it. The LED headlights and foglamps look sleek. The cabin is sleek but you get a design theme that looks quite new.
The cool LED ambient lighting and large gauges evoke a space era appeal. While front row seats are large and soft the back row seats can be limiting for tall passengers.
The 2018 Lexus GS is laden with enough safety features and amenities but the higher trims get better offerings, as expected. You get 10 airbags, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and automatic high beam. You also get a rearview camera. Optional safety features include adaptive headlights and head-up display.
The GS 300 trim also gets synthetic leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, Remote Touch infotainment system, USB port, HD radio, sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, and navigation. F Sport package brings 19-inch wheels, adaptive dampers, aluminum exterior trim, perforated leather trim etc. You may also go for a Premium Package which adds cooled front seats, self-parking feature, heated steering wheel, LED headlights, Mark Levinson audio system. Now you get Enform Safety Connect as well as Enform Service Connect for 10 years as complimentary service.
2018 Lexus GS – Engine and Driving Mode
The Lexus models have been known for their good acceleration prowess and the 2018 GS is no exception. There are 3 powertrains to choose from- a V-6, 4-cylinder, and a V-6 hybrid unit. The base GS 300 gets laden with a turbocharged 2.0 unit making 241 HP. It gets an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Move to the GS 350 and you get a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 311 HP. This performs better and offers brisker acceleration.
The GS 450h hybrid gets one 147-kW electric motor with the V-6 and generates a total output of 338 HP. All electric driving is possible with speed limits. Ride quality varies on engine and suspension chosen. Opting for the F Sport package gets you an adaptive suspension. On GS 450h you get separate driving modes- EV, Sport, Sport+, Eco and normal.
2018 Lexus GS – Arrival and Cost
The 2018 Lexus GS pricing is yet to be revealed. The base model will come at the price of $47.000. However, it encompasses a wider range of GS 350 F Sport price reaching near $85.000. The release date should be in late 2017.
Summing it up
The 2018 Lexus GS is a sporty luxury car that gets a nice makeover. The engines are decent and included amenities are also good. However, its success will depend on final pricing.