Lexus has released a teaser photo showing the 2013 GS350 and, as we expected, the fourth-generation GS sedan is styled like the Lexus LF-Gh concept car that arrived at the 2011 New York auto show.
The new, wide-mouth grille is bisected by a horizontal bar and bordered by headlights with L-shaped LED running lights. The LF-Gh concept was a controversial look, and now seems that the production Lexus will follow that styling trend. Moreover, Lexus promises that all its future products will employ the same design language.
We’ve had the chance to drive a camouflaged GS prototype, and found that the revamped car is both more comfortable and more sporting than the current Lexus GS. The launch powertrain will employ a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive. Later, a hybrid version of that powertrain will debut as the halo model.
Lexus says the new car has been totally redesigned, with better driving dynamics and a roomier cabin. The company promises the GS will be far more appealing to mid-luxury sedan buyers. “Buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement,” said Lexus vice president Mark Templin.
The 2013 Lexus GS will make its first public appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Thursday, August 18.