Lexus has unveiled a new addition to the fourth generation GS line-up which went on sale in 2012. The current three model range which includes the GS 250, GS 350 AWD and the high-performance flagship, the full hybrid GS 450h is getting a new entry level GS 300h that will be launched at the end of 2013.
The GS 300h features a full hybrid drive system combining a 143bhp electric motor with a 181bhp 2.5 litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine featuring a next generation D-4S fuel injection system.
Combined system power is 233bhp and the rear wheels are driven through the hybrid system’s Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission.
The new Lexus full hybrid has a fuel economy of 60.1mpg and ultra-low CO2 emissions starting from 109 g/km.
As with GS 450h F SPORT model, the new GS 300h F SPORT may be equipped with leading-edge, driving dynamics-enhancing technologies such as Active Variable Suspension (AVS).
Active safety features include a Lane-Keep Assist (LKA) system and the Lexus Night View system, and, newly available with the GS 300h, a Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system. RCTA employs the BSM (Blind Spot Monitor) radar to alert the driver to approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space.
Lexus did not release pricing details yet, but did mention the GS 300h will be eligible for significant tax incentives in many European countries.