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 |  Sep 13 2011, 1:34 PM
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Making it’s world premier at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2012 Lexus GS450h Hybrid follows its conventional counterpart, first seen at Pebble Beach last month.

One of the most highly anticipated Lexus models in recent time; this latest GS450h aims to build on the foundation laid by its immediate predecessor. Although outwardly similar to the standard GS350; embodying what Lexus calls it’s L-Finesse design philosophy, the new 450h is a full hybrid, in this case sporting a two-motor hybrid system and Atkinson Cycle V-6 gas engine,  the first time this combination has been fitted to a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Fuel economy is claimed to be some 30 percent better than the old GS450h.
Other features of the new GS450h include specific headlamp treatment with the high/low beam LED headlights and turn signals aligned in a single row, plus an energy saving air conditioning system shared with other GS models that includes S-Flow and ‘nanoe’ technologies, the latter designed to ‘clean’ the air onboard when the system is turned on.
Also featured is a second generation Remote Touch Interface that’s linked up to the world’s largest on board multi-display screen, as well as a new Mark Levinson sound system, for those that care about that sort of thing.
Thanks to a re-designed rear suspension setup and repackaged battery; trunk volume has increased on the new GS by some 23 percent versus the outgoing GS and Lexus says the new version was conceived as a more fun to drive luxury hybrid sedan, thanks to changes to the suspension and steering, as well as incorporating a more driver focused cockpit with improved ergonomics and seating.
Gallery: 2012 Lexus GS450H
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 |  Aug 17 2011, 11:45 AM

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Set to debut tomorrow during the Pebble Beach festivities in Monterey, California, is the all-new Lexus GS. The model that will be shown, however, is likely to be just the GS350 V6 version, with the latest reports indicating that the GS450h will bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show in just over a month’s time.

No details on the specifics of the powertrain are yet available, but look for nearly identical output numbers to the current model, with around 340-hp. A CVT transmission will continue to be part of the package, with six pre-set “gears” so drivers can have a more engaging experience.

Look for improved handling, however, with lighter suspension components and a more rigid chassis. Plus, the car will now get 4-wheel steering, with rear wheels that can turn up to 1.5 degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels, to better rotate the car in corners. Adjustable shock settings will also be included.

As for the rest of the vehicle, it’s touted to offer better rear-seat room and a significantly upgraded interior, with matte-wood finishes (like the Porsche Panamera) and a promise that the out-dated green digital clock is now gone. Hooray!

If you can’t wait to see what the new GS will look like, check out these leaked photos.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]