At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California Lexus took the opportunity to unveil their heavily updated 2012 GS. The new Lexus GS is designed to offer a more exciting driving experience than its predecessor, and also display bolder styling and a more spacious and modern interior.
The chassis is more rigid compared to the current model thanks to an increased number of spot welds and adding laser welds in very specific locations. The track, wider by 40mm at the front and 50mm at the rear, works in combination with a revised suspension design to offer better cornering performance and steering feedback.
The use of aluminium reduces unsprung weight, resulting in improved agility, ride comfort, body control and steering precision.
The interior of the 2012 Lexus GS is designed to offer a balance of luxury, technological amenity and stylish design. Focused around the driver and the driving experience, it also provides more space for all occupants, increasing the comfort of both front and rear passengers. The new layout of the dash gives the driver and front passenger a better sense of space through its clean centre stack and large high-resolution display screen. Most of the comfort and convenience controls, such as audio and climate, have been relocated to provide a cleaner and more sophisticated fascia. A new analogue clock, carved from an ingot, adds an unexpected luxury element.
The interior includes a number of premium features as standard equipment. A new energy-saving auto climate control system called S-Flow uses the occupant-detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are actually seated – if there are no rear seat occupants. A next-generation Remote Touch with one-push confirmation is standard on all models and enables smooth, intuitive operation of climate, audio and phone controls as well as use of the navigation system and more. A standard reversing camera improves safety and convenience.
Cabin materials include three types of wood, and detailed contrast stitching is used as a visual accent around the interior to create a luxurious, tailored interior space.