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Lexus reveals 2013 GS sedan, launches new styling direction

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Lexus on Thursday pulled the wraps off the redesigned 2013 GS sedan, revealing a sharper look that was previewed last spring with the LF-Gh concept car.

The 2013 Lexus GS rides on a new rear-drive platform, although the car's wheelbase and exterior dimensions are nearly identical to the current car. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque--marginally better than the output of the current Lexus GS 350. The engine is fitted with both port and direct injection.

Lexus says there also will be hybrid and F Sport versions of the new 2013 GS, which goes on sale early next year.

Lexus engineers cut the car's weight by 157 pounds, down to 3,638 pounds, and the body gets more spot and laser welds to stiffen it up. There are changes to the suspension geometry and to electronic systems such as the adjustable suspension and stability control. And one model has four-wheel steer.

Interior changes include a new instrument panel with a wide-screen video display, and more headroom, shoulder room and legroom for back-seat passengers.

By Dale Jewett