Barely a month after lifting the covers on the second-generation of its mid-luxury sedan Lexus is back and charging into the Frankfurt Motor Show with the updated 2013 Lexus GS 450h hybrid.
During a Pebble Beach preview, Toyota Motor Co. CEO Akio Toyoda underscored the importance of the Lexus GS line. Though it might not be the luxury brand’s flagship – a space reserved for the bigger LS – the GS has been as close as it comes to the heart and soul of the Lexus division.
The GS 350 shown last month is a fair bit sportier and more refined than the original sedan. And the Lexus GS 450h is no different there. But there’s been a bit of a shift in its mission. The original hybrid put the emphasis on performance and was actually a bit quicker than the standard-issue GS sedan. This time, Lexus is focusing on fuel-efficiency and claims the GS 450h delivers a 30% improvement over the gas-powered model.