Sunday, August 21, 2011

2013 Lexus GS 350 Will Be Launched in Early 2012

The all-new 2013 Lexus GS 350, on a more rigid platform, is powered by a 306 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, four cams, and four valves per cylinder with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) with both direct and sequential injection taking the GS from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The transmission incorporates many features adopted from the Lexus IS F high-performance sedan, including faster shifts, earlier torque converter lockup and downshift throttle blips. There's Normal mode, ECO for better fuel economy, SPORT S to fully exploit the capabilities of the powertrain and SPORT S+ mode (available on some models) that engages handling enhancements via a sport setting of the adaptive variable suspension, steering system, and vehicle stability control (VSC) together with the powertrain enhancements of SPORT S mode.

Cool stuff includes enhanced Bluetooth® capability with automatic phonebook download and streaming audio, DVD audio and video compatibility, MP3 sound enhancement, 5.1 Surround Sound, a high-resolution eight-inch central control display centrally located high up in the instrument panel, an SMS text-to-speech feature allows the driver to be read text messages and send preset responses with a compatible smart phone. HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging and a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio are standard. The Gracenote Media management system creates dynamic music playlists and a voice recognition solution recognizes nicknames for music artists and even some mispronunciations.

Also available is a pre-collision system, which uses the radar cruise control system to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might result in a collision. The system also uses an infrared camera to monitor the driver's eyes to check on driver status. In the event that the driver does not appear to be looking forward when a collision appears imminent, the system will initiate the warning at an earlier threshold.  If the driver still does not respond and make the appropriate maneuver, the system will initiate braking intervention up to two seconds prior to impact, helping to lessen the severity of the collision. Other available safety systems include a Night Vision System, Heads Up Display, a Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. 

The 2013 GS 350, equipped with 10 airbags including a knee airbag for both front driver and passenger and be available in rear or all-wheel drive, will be launched in early 2012 and be offered in hybrid and F Sport versions.