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First Look: 2012 Lexus GS 350

Scheduled for Pebble Beach preview.

by on Aug.08, 2011

The 2012 Lexus GS 350 will make its debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Give credit to PhotoShop.  It took a bit of effort to pull this image out of the shadows but at least you’ve got the basic silhouette of the new 2012 Lexus GS 350.  To get a more complete image of the sporty sedan, however, we’ll all have to wait for the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The annual classic car show has developed something of a split persona, luxury makers like Lexus using the tony setting as a backdrop for launching many of their latest offerings.  This year will bring the debut of the Lexus GS 350 – as well as the Infiniti JX and concepts from Cadillac and Lincoln, among others.

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If the shadowy image shown here strikes a resonant chord it’s because you might have already seen the GS in concept form – Lexus pulling the wraps on the angular LF-Gh concept at the New York International Auto Show, back in April.

At the time, design chief Kengo Matsumoto hinted that, “Lexus designers studied characteristics that are often considered contradictory and difficult to execute together. The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept examines the possibility of balancing what are normally opposing qualities, such as style and functionality.”


Lexus Teases Upcoming LF-Gh Preview

More aggressive design to replace current GS hybrid.

by on Apr.05, 2011

Lexus offers a hint of what's in store when it launches the new LF-Gh Concept at the New York Auto Show.

Lexus is providing a first look at the new hybrid model it plans to introduce at the New York Auto Show, later this month – or, more precisely, a pair of teaser shots that give just a wee hint of what’s in store when Toyota’s luxury brand brings its latest gas-electric model to market.

The name, LF-Gh, we’re told, stands for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid, and indications are this new model could replace the aging GS-450h hybrid that’s been around for half a decade.

What seems certain is that the maker wants to pump a little more passion into a brand that is showing some signs of trouble.  The luxury sales leader in the U.S. market for a number of years, demand has been slipping, in recent months – embarrassingly, Buick outsold Lexus during January and February – and may reflect what critics contend is the plain vanilla nature of much of the Lexus line-up.

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If the front-end close-up is any indication, this latest exercise in the Lexus L-Finesse design language is moving in a more European direction, the hockey stick-like LED driving lights clearly influenced by Audi’s latest offerings.

“Through this exercise,” says the text accompanying the two teaser shots, “the marque’s design philosophy…has been refined and evolved to include a bolder, more distinct projection of what a luxury car could become in a modern world.”