In 2012, the GS was launched in Malaysia with a five-car line-up – the GS 250, GS 250 Luxury, GS 250 F Sport, GS 350 Luxury, and the GS 350 F Sport. Later, the hybrid GS 450h also appeared in the line-up. Lexus Malaysia has since revised the GS line-up a little – let’s look at what’s changed.
First is the addition of a new model called the GS 300h, which shares the same hybrid system as the smaller IS 300h. The more powerful GS 450h is now gone. The GS 300h uses a 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle combustion engine with D-4S injection, Dual VVT-i and a high 13.0:1 compression ratio to produce 178 hp and 221 Nm on its own.
Combined with the hybrid system, the car produces a combined system output of 220 hp and 300 Nm. A conventional transmission is not employed, instead it uses an E-CVT system which uses multiple electric motors to emulate gear ratios. Power goes to the rear wheels and 0 to 100 km/h takes 9.2 seconds.
The spec list includes LED headlamps (rest of the GS range uses bi-xenons), LED daytime running lights and LED fog lamps, 18-inch wheels wrapped with 235/45 tyres, keyless entry and go, moonroof, leather and wood interior, 12.3-inch Electronic Multi-Vision infotainment display, Lexus Remote Touch, heads-up display, back monitor, Mark Levinson 17-speaker system, 18-way adjustment for the front seats, a full suite of stability control systems, and 10 airbags. Click here to view the full specs.
The GS 350 also gets an update. Its six-speed automatic gearbox has been upgraded to an eight-speed gearbox, which should lead to quicker and better shifts as well as better fuel efficiency.
As for pricing – here’s what’s interesting. The GS 300h has an estimated price of RM536,800, which is the most expensive GS in the range. This ‘estimated’ wording is also used for the GS 350 Luxury and the GS 350 F Sport, while the GS 250 range has no estimated word stated for its price tags. This leads us to believe these updated models haven’t received their confirmed pricing yet.