Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor for Lexus in the UAE, today announced that the 2012 Lexus GS is now on sale in the UAE. The all-new GS is the embodiment of the new face of Lexus and showcases the brand new direction for the luxury carmaker. All future Lexus models will follow the lead taken by the GS and adopt this new direction.
Saud Abbasi, General Manager of Al-Futtaim Motors – Lexus, said, “We are proud to be offering all those who have been awaiting the chance to finally own the first Lexus car that is built to reflect the new Lexus philosophy. World-class luxury, evocative design, outstanding driving dynamics and innovative technology have been combined to create the all-new GS. This car will challenge the dynamics of the existing mid-size luxury automotive segment and will connect with its driver on an emotional level.”
Abbasi further added, “The all-new GS is a standard bearer and an expression of the future. We foresee very strong demand for the vehicle due to its distinct character within the mid-size luxury segment.”
To be a powerful contender in its segment, the GS has been completely redesigned from the ground up. The all-new Lexus GS has been engineered without compromise. Its driving performance, luxury appointments and the adoption of new technologies such as human machine interface design aim to rebuild an interior space incorporating technology that anticipates human emotions, rather than one in which humans must adapt to the technology. The vehicle also incorporates second generation remote touch to further enhance the control, comfort and safety of the driver.
Other features such as dynamic radar cruise control, closed eye warning detector integrated with pre-crash safety system, lane change assist system and card type smart entry enable the GS to set new standards in the segment.
The car will be available in three engine sizes. GS250 is powered by 2.5-litre V6 engine delivering 207 horsepower whereas the GS350 comes with a 3.5-litre V6 engine that has both port and direct injection and delivers 312 horsepower. GS450h - the hybrid model that is due to be launched in a few months – is powered by a newly developed 3.5-liter V6 Atkinson cycle petrol engine with a two-motor hybrid system that makes it a front engine rear-wheel drive vehicle. It delivers an exhilarating output of 340 horse power.
The GS engages its driver through a new aerodynamic body, a reinvigorated platform with a wider stance and stiffer structure, a transmission with quicker shifts, and upgraded seat support. A lot was learnt from the LFA supercar in terms of high-performance, precision and purpose and those lessons were applied directly to the GS.
The bold dynamic presence of the Lexus GS is accentuated by the spindle grill. It presents a look of stability which is highlighted through a flared wheel arch emphasizing the wide tread, firm and lower stance. The L-shaped combination lamps highlight the vehicle’s identity. It displays a bolder look through its 19 inch newly introduced wheels.
The vehicle’s interior is equally captivating. GS engineers challenged themselves to develop a more spacious cabin environment. Exterior dimensions were left virtually unchanged, as they dramatically increased cabin and trunk space.
Equal attention has been paid to maximising space for rear passengers, adding headroom, legroom, knee room and improved foot space compared the current generation GS.
The Lexus GS interior represents a continuation of the next generation Lexus interior design theme. An ergonomically designed, driver-focused cockpit enables customers to remain alert and comfortable over long periods of time.
The horizontal view of the instrument panel, including the world’s first 12.3 inch screen adds to the vehicle’s luxurious interior.
To find out more about the all-new Lexus GS, please visit your nearest Al-Futtaim Motors-Lexus showroom.