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Lexus is introducing a world’s first with their 2013 GS 450h, boasting the first premium performance sedan to be equipped with a V6 Atkinson cycle gas engine and two-motor hybrid system in a front engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The hybrid version of the 2013 GS made its official debut at Frankfurt Motor Show packing 338-hp with a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds.
Fuel consumption numbers are not official yet, but Lexus expects the 450h to be over 30-percent more efficient than its predecessor and is targeting SULEV II certification. There will also be five driving modes available to the hybrid luxury enthusiast, Normal, Eco, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV.
Exclusive to the hybrid model of the GS is a unique three-lamp design, aligning the turn signal with Lexus’ first high and low beam LED lamps in a single horizontal row. And of course, Lexus will employ its blue hybrid badging on the vehicle. The GS450h will also come standard with 17-inch wheels, with 18-inch rollers as an option.
Much of the interior and safety features will match those previously announced on the GS 350 model.
No pricing was announced on the GS 450h.
GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS 450h
A series of leaked photos and a UK market press release are the first look we have at the 2013 Lexus GS luxury sedan. Also confirmed are F-Spot, and hybrid versions (with a GS450h mentioned) as well as a GS250 packing a 2.5L V6 – for Europe only we presume.
With styling borrowing heavily from previous Lexus concepts (and a rear styling treatment strongly reminiscent of the Lexus IS), the 2013 Lexus GS is just the right side of conservative for the Lexus brand. North American will likely see the GS350 and the GS450h, but with the introduction of the 4-cylinder BMW 528i, we may end up with the GS250 as well.
Lexus claims that trunk capacity is up by 25 percent, while front and rear tracks have been widened by almost two inches. New safety features include a Night Vision System, Lane Departure Warning System, radar-guided cruise control and a new system called Lane Keep Assist, that will actively steer the car back into the proper lane should it drift outwards. The 2013 GS will also feature a new 12.3 inch LCD screen that can be configured for a split-screen configuration (allowing for both navigation and entertainment interfaces on the same screen) as well as an optional 17-speaker, 835 watt Mark Levinson audio system.
Unfortunately, firm details regarding powertrains (such as horsepower and torque figures), fuel economy, curb weights or dimensions haven’t been revealed. AutoGuide will be on hand at the official unveiling at Pebble Beach on August 18th, where Lexus will hopefully reveal more.
GALLERY: 2013 Lexus GS
UPDATE: With the all-new GS now revealed, check out video of the reveal after the jump:
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]