More Efficient 2013 Lexus GS 250 Unveiled at Chinese Show

Lexus has just pulled the wraps off its Lexus GS 250 model at China’s Guangzhou Motor Show, joining the GS 350, GS 350 F Sport and GS 450h in the all-new 2013 GS lineup. Powered by a 2.5-liter V-6, the latest GS variant will be launched in China and Europe, and although there’s been no official announcement, there’s an outside shot it will arrive at some point here in North America.

The 2013 GS 250 packs roughly the same 2.5-liter V-6 under the hood as the IS 250 here in North America. As it does in IS duty, the 2.5-liter V-6 produces 204-hp and 185 lb-ft of torque and is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission. Lexus says the bigger GS should make for a 0-62 mph time of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph with the 2.5-liter under its hood. By comparison, the 2013 GS 350 should be able to hit 60 mph in a Lexus-estimated 5.7 seconds, and also tops out at an electronically-limited 142 mph.

The point of the 2013 Lexus GS 250 isn’t acceleration and top speed, that’s what the GS 350 F Sport is for. Rather the GS 250 is for Lexus owners who want the size of the GS, but the fuel economy of a smaller car. As such, the GS 250 should perform well. Under the E.U.-combined fuel economy cycle, the GS 250 returns a U.S. equivalent of 26 mpg combined.

While we’re not likely to get the 2.5-liter V-6 under the hood of the U.S.-spec GS anytime soon, Lexus officials have hinted that there is a chance we may see it here at some point. What say you -- is that something Lexus should consider, or should it just keep the 250 overseas? What we will most certainly be getting though is the 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood of the GS 350, and 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor combo in the GS 450h hybrid. For more on the new GS, be sure to check back Friday for our First Drive of the 2013 Lexus GS lineup.

Source: Lexus

Eric
Smaller engines in bigger cars often have the opposite effect as expected. As the small engine has to work harder in the heavier car thus lowering MPG. If they really were about fuel economy they'd put a small hybrid in it.

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