Lexus has confirmed it will introduce a more entry-level GS hybrid model, though exactly what engine has yet to officially be announced.
At a recent European press launch for the GS Lexus, Jon Williams, President and Managing Director of Toyota Lexus Great Britain, revealed the third GS model, which he described as a “low displacement” hybrid. Currently in the UK, Lexus offers the GS450h and GS250, while here in North America the 450h is offered along side the GS350.
It’s not hard to speculate that the new GS model he’s speaking of could be the GS300h, using the same powertrain found in the ES300h, with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine helping deliver a total system output of 200 hp.
Lexus has already revealed to AutoGuide a shift in its hybrid philosophy, with a new focus on hybrid technology as a way to achieve impressive fuel economy, rather than as a way to increase power. With that major change in place, there’s a genuine chance the GS300h could make its way to North America as well. In addition, look to see an LS450h in the future.
A GS300h variant could arrive as early as the Paris Motor Show this Fall.
[Source: MSN Cars UK]