Toyota has for the first time unveiled its brand new Lexus at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the United States.
It is also the first model that has been released after the company recently adopted a new, more aggressive design philosophy that will characterise all future models from their stable.
The new design was built on a revised platform that has a 50mm wider track at the rear and 40mm in front. It is also more rigid than its predecessor although it makes extensive use of lightweight materials. The suspension has been modified, which Lexus says has improved steering precision and ride comfort.
If you are interested in one of these cars, start saving now: the first model should appear on showroom floors early next year. Initially there will be a GS250 and a GS450h Hybrid model. The latter uses the same engine as its predecessor, which means power output will be in the region of 300bhp utilising a 3.5-litre V6 engine combined with an electric motor. The GS250 is fitted with a 2.5-litre V6 engine.
The company has responded to criticism of the current model's small boot by making it 25% bigger. Interior quality is of a higher standard as well with the introduction of contrasting leather stitching, three types of wood and ambient interior lighting.
The car comes with an impressive selection of features, including a large 12.3-inch touch screen (for models equipped with satellite navigation) and a reversing camera.
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