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Announced earlier today, the facelifted Lexus GS is now in showrooms, so we popped by the Mutiara Damansara showroom to take a closer look at the updated executive sedan – now with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The unit shown here is the GS 200t Luxury, the middle child of the turbocharged GS range, priced at RM484,100 on-the-road without insurance. Also available is the base RM439,200 GS 200t Premium, as well as the RM496,100 GS 200t F Sport; all are powered by a 2.0 litre turbo four-pot delivering 241 hp and 350 Nm, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Looking for a V6-powered model? You’ll have to pay RM543,400 for the naturally-aspirated GS 350 Luxury or RM562,510 for the GS 350 F Sport. Those looking for a hybrid model can also opt for the GS 300h, priced at a whopping RM631,700.

Revisions include new headlights, a reprofiled spindle grille, revised tail lights graphics and a new diffuser insert in the rear valence, complete with integrated dual exhaust outlets. Externally, the Luxury variants are distinguished by the Triple-L-Shape LED headlights and 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, as opposed to regular automatic self-levelling bi-LED headlights and 17-inch alloys on the GS 200t Premium.

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Inside, there’s a new multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, as well as a revised Remote Touch Interface that is more user friendly, with a revamped interface and added shortcut buttons.

Standard kit includes auto wipers, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, paddle shifters, a power-adjustable steering column and 10-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, heating and ventilation, as well as a memory function on the driver’s side. Also included is dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-inch centre display and a 12-speaker Lexus Premium sound system.

The Luxury models tack on a smart card key system for the keyless entry, uprated Luxury trim for the interior, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, triple-zone climate control with Nanoe ioniser, a larger 12.3-inch display (now with a new full-width map view for the navigation system), a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and 18-way adjustment for the front seats, both with the memory function and four-way lumbar support.

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Curiously, there’s no seat heating on the Luxury variants, which, as mentioned, are standard on the Premium model – you only get ventilation on the more expensive models. Also missing is a powered bootlid, a strange omission on a near-RM500k machine.

Safety kit across the range consists of ten airbags, a rear-view camera, and the full suite of Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management systems, incorporating VSC stability control, ABS, Brake Assist and traction control. The GS 200t Luxury and F Sport add on a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. There’s still no autonomous emergency braking nor adaptive cruise control on any model, however.

So, there you have it – the facelifted Lexus GS 200t Luxury. What do you think of the revamped Japanese sedan, and does it have what it takes to tackle the competitive executive market? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.