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New GS 200t highlights 2016 Lexus lineup

Turbocharged rear-wheel drive model joins existing GS 350, GS 450h

Published: August 14, 2015, 6:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 1:45 PM

2016 Lexus GS 200t

For 2016, Lexus is unveiling a new turbo-engined GS midsized luxury sport sedan while refining exterior styling, interior appointments and adding new features to existing models.

The new GS 200t joins the existing GS lineup (GS 350 and GS 450h) that features a bolder front end, with a nose job for the Lexus signature spindle grille, extending over a redesigned front bumper and contained by new bi-LED headlights (standard across all models in the range) and bolder rocker panel treatment.

Around the side, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs (on GS 350) provide a sturdy stance for the coupe like profile, while revised taillights and rear trim finish off the exterior that is available in three new colours – Matador Red Mica, Nightfall Mica and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 – applied in a new multi-layer, double-bake process that has historically been used on custom aftermarket vehicles or on manufacturers’ concepts.

2016 Lexus GS 200t interior

Inside, a modern take on elegance includes new trim in Matte Walnut, Linear 3D and Naguri Aluminum (on the F Sport), and new leather in Chateau, Noble Brown and Rioja Red (F Sport).

However, style is often insignificant without substance and the GS adds that with the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the rear-wheel drive GS 200t. The 2.0-litre turbo makes 241 hp and 258 lb.ft. of torque while returning an estimated 7.1 litres per 100 km.

More power and torque is also on tap for the GS 350, with the 3.5 V6 boosted to 311 hp and 280 lb.ft. (up from 306 and 277, respectively, in the current model). Power is controlled by an eight-speed automatic (also standard on GS 200t) with paddle shifters, and can optionally be diverted to all four wheels.

The top of the line GS 450h continues with the Atkinson cycle 3.5-litre V6 combined with a water-cooled permanent-magnet electric motor to supply 336 net horsepower, all reined in by a two-mode continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters to attain a combined 7.6 litres per 100 km. But in keeping with the performance sedan mantra, the car still gets to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.

2016 Lexus GS 200t

The F Sport package available on all three models adds track-tuned chassis enhancements, staggered wheel/tire sizes on RWD models, along with exclusive exterior and interior treatments. Lexus Dynamic Handling and Dynamic Rear Steering are available on rear-wheel drive models.

New for 2016, all models can be optioned with the Lexus Safety System , which adds Pre-Collision System, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High-Beam and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

The public debut of the re-imagined GS takes place at the 2015 Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach.