Lexus has added the GS 300h to the GS lineup to expand the range from three to four models. The new drivetrain also marks further enhancements to the GS Line to improve active safety and driveability.
The new GS 300h will join the line’s other hybrid model, the GS 450h, and will be available in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants, with a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid engine.
First appeared on the new IS 300h sedan earlier this year, the hybrid develops 164kW while promising 5.2L/100km and 121g of CO2 – making it the most efficient GS in the range.
In addition to the new drivetrain, Lexus has also boosted the GS Line with the addition of Lane Keep Assist as standard across all GS Sports Luxury variants and optional on GS 350 and GS 450h F Sport models.
Like the recently released IS 350, the GS 350 now gets a new 8-speed automatic transmission transplanted from the IS F.
The GS line’s head up display has also been upgraded so that it projects navigation, audio and vehicle speed information onto the windshield in full colour. Sport Luxury models also receive new 19-inch alloy wheels, in place of previously 18-inch items, and LED fog lamps.
“We’re pleased to provide our customers with another hybrid vehicle option,” said Lexus Australia Chief Executive, Sean Hanley.
“Lexus is the luxury hybrid pioneer and the introduction of the GS 300h has a significant part to play in the continued growth of hybrid vehicle sales in Australia.
“GS 300h brings the total number of Lexus hybrids on sale to seven, and we believe that this will help us achieve our goal of a 50/50 split in sales of hybrid and conventional engine vehicles in the future,” he added.
|Drivetrain||Model||Price (Excl. on-roads)||Notes|
|Sports Luxury||Not available||N/A|
|GS 350||Luxury||Not available||N/A|
|GS 450h||Luxury||Not available||N/A|