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 |  Dec 21 2011, 6:30 PM

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Lexus dropped a surprise today announcing pricing for the new 2013 GS350 will remain unchanged from the 2012 model. Despite all the changes that greatly improved the GS – read our extensive review here – the base price for the model will remain at $46,900.

Unfortunately Lexus didn’t announce a price for the GS 450h hybrid model, but they promised us that it’d be coming soon. The AWD GS 350 however will have a base price of $49,450 and both models can come as F Sport models or can be equipped with Premium or Luxury packages.

As a quick refresh, the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 comes with a 3.5L V6 with 306-hp while achieving 19/28/23-mpg for city/highway/combined. The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with four driving modes: ECO, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+ (only available on F Sport model).

The Premium Package is priced at $1,400 and comes with rain-sensing wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and power rear sunshade. The much more expensive Luxury Package comes in at $5,750 but includes Adaptable Variable Suspension, Adaptive Front Lighting, unique high gloss linear espresso wood accents, semi-aniline leather, 18-way power front driver and passenger seats with articulated back, side bolster and thigh support controls, four-way lumbar, butterfly headrests, driver and passenger seat memory, rear HVAC and audio controls, rear manual side sunshades, 18-inch wheels and wood and leather steering wheel.

Those seeking a sportier and more thrilling drive in their new luxury sedan can opt for the F Sport model, outfitting the GS with a sportier front bumper, rear lower valence, rear lip spoiler, unique mesh grille inserts and F Sport badging. The F Sport model is also the only GS model with 19-inch wheels and F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension. Lastly, rear-wheel-drive F Sport models will have staggered wheels in the rear, Variable Gear Ratio Steering and new larger front brakes with high friction pads. The F Sport package is priced pretty competitively at $5,690.

An optional navigation system can be hand on all GS models for $1,735 featuring an industry-first 12.3-inch split-screen, high resolution display.

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