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The Lexus GS facelift is now in Malaysia, with the new turbocharged Lexus GS 200t replacing the pre-facelift’s GS 250 variants. Three versions of the GS 200t are available – the GS 200t Premium which retails for RM439,200, the GS 200t Luxury which is on sale for RM484,100 and the GS 200t F Sport which goes for RM496,100.

With the facelift, the GS gets an updated signature spindle grille as well as new headlamps similiar to the design found on the IS, with the daytime running lights as a separate piece in the bumper. The rear gets revised taillights and a new lower bumper.

Under the hood, the GS 200t gets a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 241 hp and 350 Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission powering the rear wheels.

The GS 200t Premium gets bi-LED headlamps with auto levelling and a washer system, rain sensor wipers, a leather interior and steering wheel, steering column power adjustment, paddle shifts, keyless entry and start, ECO, NORMAL and SPORT drive modes, cruise control, dual zone air cond, a 12-speaker Lexus Premium Audio system with 8″ display screen, and 10-way power adjustment with lumbar support, heating and ventilation for the front seats. There’s also memory function for the driver seat. Wheels are 17 inch with 225/50R17 tyres.

The GS 200t Luxury adds on Triple-L-Shape LED headlamps, a smart card key system for the keyless entry, uprated Luxury trim for the interior, wood on the steering wheel, a triple-zone air cond system with Nanoe ioniser, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with a larger 12.3″ display, 18-way adjustment for the front seats, memory function for both driver and passenger seats, four-way lumbar support and additional SPORT+ and CUSTOMIZE drive modes. Wheels are 18 inch with 235/45R18 tyres.

The 12.3-inch central display screen now has a new full-width map capability, while the Remote Touch Interface controller gains new shortcut buttons and a more user friendly interface. Curiously, the spec sheet seems to indicate seat heating is not available for the Luxury spec.

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Other than the F Sport exterior, the GS 200t F Sport switches the front seats to 16-way adjustment for the driver and 10-way adjustment for the passenger. The seats are wrapped with exclusive F Sport leather to go with the specific F Sport trim on the rest of the interior. The meter panel is also exclusive to the F Sport variant, with a larger 8″ multi-info display. Wheels are 18 inch with 235/45R18 tyres.

In terms of safety, there’s ten airbags, a rear view camera, and the full suite of Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, VSC stability control, ABS, Brake Assist, traction control – basically the works. The GS 200t Luxury and F Sport add on a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

If you prefer normally aspirated power and have much deeper pockets, you can have a look at the GS 350 which can be had as either a GS 350 Luxury for RM543,400 or a GS 350 F Sport for RM562,510. Output is 311 hp and 380 Nm. Mated to an eight-speed auto driving the rear wheels, the 100 km/h sprint is done in 6 seconds compared to the 200t’s 7.3 seconds. Specs-wise, the GS 350 is loaded like the top of the line 200t.

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For those who want hybrid power, there’s the GS 300h which combines a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine with the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. It’s not the same system as that found in the Camry Hybrid – this one is rear wheel drive and the 2.5 litre 2AR-FSE engine now gets a next generation D-4S direct injection system.

The GS 300h is CBU with no hybrid tax incentives so it’s priced at a lofty RM631,700. The engine itself has 178 hp and 221 Nm output, but the hybrid motor has 140 hp and 300 Nm. Combined output is 220 hp. The system uses a 192 cell NiMH battery, backed by an eight year warranty.

All Lexus GS come with a 3 year, 100,000 km warranty. The facelifted car is now in Lexus showrooms – we’ll have a live gallery up soon.


GALLERY: Lexus GS 200t Luxury in Malaysia