[YesAuto in-depth experience] As a luxury sports sedan under the Lexus brand, the GS model has now been extended to the fourth generation. Compared with the previous generation GS model, the new Lexus GS has not changed much in body size, but has improved appearance and interior. A radical change has taken place, and even if you don’t look at the logo, you can’t even recognize that this is a Lexus GS sedan. Today we will take you to take a look at the new features of this new Lexus GS in addition to the appearance and interior innovations.
The Lexus GS250 luxury version we experienced today is a brand new model sequence in the GS car series. It uses a new 2.5-liter V6 engine with the latest D-4S direct injection system. It is also the first time Lexus has reduced the displacement of the GS to Below 3.0 liters, while saving energy and reducing emissions, the purchase threshold of GS models has been lowered.
◆ Appearance design: The size of the body is basically unchanged, and the spindle-shaped design of the front face makes GS rejuvenate.
In the current trend of the “strengthening storm” of major brands, Lexus has always adhered to the concept of building its own cars, sticking to the standard size of its models in the traditional model level, and dare not go beyond the leichi half a step. And this is reflected in the new GS “incisively and vividly”. I thought that this generation of Lexus GS models would follow up with its competitors' long-term measures, but surprisingly, Lexus did not do so. The focus of the renewal is on the design innovation of exterior styling and interior decoration.
Because most brands in this level of models generally adopt the method of extending the wheelbase, the stubborn Lexus suffers a lot from the body size. After all, even its Japanese compatriots-Infiniti M series models are no longer reserved. The wheelbase has been directly extended by 150mm, and it has reached 3050mm, and it has crossed the 3m wheelbase mark with the top three in Germany. It seems that this time Lexus is indeed a bit too conservative. After all, in the current situation, even if it is compared with the Audi A4L and the BMW 3 Series Li, it does not take any advantage.
“Front face of CT200h model” “Front face of new ES series model”
“Front face of new RX series models” “Front face of new LX series models”
Compared with the conservative body size, Lexus is quite open and radical in appearance innovation, and even feels a bit too much. The family's latest spindle design concept basically covers all its models except for the IS model, even the family's flagship product LS. The series has also used this appearance in the recently released official pictures. It seems that this time Lexus will carry out the “spindle” to the end…
In terms of headlights, the new L-shaped daytime running lights are also another symbol of this generation of Lexus cars. It seems that more and more brands are beginning to focus on the unity of family styles. This is in the case of Volkswagen and Audi. Especially obvious. In terms of headlight configuration, the all-new Lexus GS is equipped with a full range of integrated bi-xenon automatic headlights as standard, and the GS250 luxury version we experienced is also equipped with an AFS adaptive lighting system, which can make driving at night and have a better driving sight. .
In addition, in order to highlight the sporty style of the new GS, the rearview mirror has been moved from the old A-pillar to the door, which has some sports car charm. In terms of functions, the Lexus GS250 Deluxe Edition is also quite rich. Basically, it is currently available on the market. Owning all of them, as Lexus, which pays attention to driving comfort, will naturally not slack off.
In terms of the side lines of the body, although the changes of the new Lexus GS are not as obvious as the sharp style changes of the front face, the design of the rear can still see the subtle changes in the body curve of the new GS model, compared to the old fastback coupe. Obviously, the new GS adopts the line design of returning to the traditional car, but the slightly upturned duck-tail design of the rear end makes the new GS more sporty.
The Lexus GS250 luxury version we experienced uses 18-inch multi-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. Although not as strong as the visual impact as the front of the car, the collocation of the whole vehicle is still fairly coordinated. In terms of tires, the Lexus GS250 Deluxe Edition uses Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX sports flagship tires with a specification of 235/45 R18 that have both visual effects and performance. The full-size aluminum alloy wheel spare tire also reflects the manufacturer’s configuration Kindness in terms of materials.
The rear of the new Lexus GS also uses a lot of sharp lines, which form a better response to the front of the car. Compared with the old model, the rear light of the new GS has a sharper shape, and the light source is also in line with the trend. LED bulbs with better visual effects, after all, electronic products are the strengths of Little Japan.
◆ Interior configuration: The brand-new interior has a greatly enhanced sense of fashion without losing a luxurious atmosphere.
Coming to the car, the new integrated center console design dazzled us, which not only greatly enhanced the fashion sense of the interior, but also brought the luxury of the car to a whole new level. The wood decorations no longer use the old red style that is too exaggerated and old. Instead, they are replaced by the dark brown wood decorations that have been increasingly favored by major luxury brands in recent years. The effect is particularly improved when combined with beige interiors. While bringing a fashionable and refreshing atmosphere, it also gives people a sense of stability.
Not only that, the new Lexus GS also enhances the luxury atmosphere in the car through practical and higher-end interior materials, especially the leather stitching stitching process on the central control instrument panel, which makes the sense of class in the car almost comparable to luxury cars such as Mercedes-Benz S. The one-button start and electronic handbrake are equipped to upgrade the car's interior grade, while also making the layout of the car's center console look more refreshing. It’s just that the design of the electronic handbrake on the driver’s right knee makes people feel a little awkward, and brings some inconvenience to daily operations.
Although the same is a three-spoke steering wheel, the new Lexus GS250 steering wheel has a new visual feel by adding a silver decorative panel. In the actual experience, this model has an outstanding directional grip, and the leather is soft without losing friction. The standard shift paddles for the entire series are good news. After all, as a sedan positioned for luxury and sporty temperament, the paddle shifters can still enhance some driving pleasure.
Speaking of air-conditioning systems, all Lexus GS series are equipped with S-FLOW smart air-conditioning energy-saving technology, which is rare in the market at the same level. Its main function is that after turning on this function, it can detect the riding area through the sensor. When a passenger is a passenger, the air conditioning system automatically closes its corresponding air outlet to improve the cooling efficiency of other air outlets.
In terms of audio, the design of the audio control panel of the new Lexus GS250 Deluxe Edition is extremely simple, and its metal polished knob reminds me of the feeling of home audio systems in the 1980s. In terms of the number of speakers, in addition to the 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system on the top GS450h, the remaining models are equipped with a 12-speaker high-fidelity audio system.
In addition, the Lexus GS250 luxury version that we experienced is also equipped with G-BOOK smart co-pilot and Remote Touch information operating system. In the actual experience, the function of this intelligent co-pilot system is still quite powerful, and basic operations related to driving and car use can be adjusted and set. In addition, the Remote Touch system designed to mimic the mouse operation also has an automatic variable damping feedback design. When the cursor is placed on the map, the mouse does not have any damping feedback, and you can easily move to any place you want on the map. When the cursor moves to the menu bar, the side joystick will have an obvious sense of damping, and there will be an obvious sense of gear when selecting each function to prevent misoperation. It seems that Japanese manufacturers are still working hard on the human-computer interaction experience.
When it comes to sunroofs, Lexus GS250 feels as incredible as its constant wheelbase size. After all, ES models will be equipped with panoramic sunroofs at the lower level, but you can’t see it on the GS. Look The designer really believes that the panoramic sunroof should be the configuration that a business executive or luxury car should have.
Compared with the shrinking and shrinking on the sunroof configuration, the new Lexus GS250 Deluxe Edition is quite generous in terms of safety configuration. The whole system comes standard with 10 airbags with knee protection for the main and passenger seats and an emergency button. Provide the most complete safety protection measures for the occupants in the car.
◆ Riding and space experience: The front seat adjustment function is very powerful, but the riding space is still not satisfactory.
The full range of Lexus GS250 Deluxe Edition is very luxurious in the seat equipment. The seat with semi-aniline high-grade leather perforated is soft and supportive, and the friction control of the seat surface is also relatively good in actual riding. Not only that, all GS models are also equipped with seat heating and ventilation functions as standard, bringing a very comfortable ride experience for all seasons.
In addition to the exquisite materials, the seats of the Lexus GS25 Deluxe Edition are also very powerful in function. Both the main and co-pilot seats have 3 sets of 18-way electric adjustable seats with memory functions, which can make the seat and your body perfect. fit. Except for the memory function key on the door, the other buttons are on the side of the seat. For the first time users, the many buttons on the seat need to be adapted for some time.
“Audi A6L 35 FSI luxury rear armrest” “BMW 530Li luxury rear armrest”
For the rear seats, the configuration of the Lexus GS250 Deluxe Edition is also unambiguous. This can be appreciated from the dazzling array of function keys on the rear center armrest: rear electric sunshade, seat heating, audio, air conditioning control and other functions. Everything is available. In contrast, although the Audi A6L’s multi-function buttons are more beautiful in style, the air-conditioning control needs to be adjusted at the air outlet, which is slightly less practical than the Lexus GS; in contrast, the BMW 5 Series Li, although the central armrest is only equipped with storage and The cup holder, but its side window sunshade is electrically controlled, which can be regarded as saving some face.
In terms of space, as the new Lexus GS has not changed in terms of body length and wheelbase from the old model, the rear seating space is still not ideal, and it is not at all the performance that the mainstream models of this level should have.
In addition, due to the front rear drive of the Lexus GS, it is impossible to avoid the raised problem of the rear center floor. However, such a height has a great impact on the comfort of the third passenger in the rear row. When sitting in the center of the back row, even if the experiencer lowers his head, he still touches the roof of the car. It seems that this place is only suitable for children or those who are not tall. Passengers take a temporary ride.
◆ Storage space
Compared with the cramped seating space, the storage space of the new Lexus is much better, not only in terms of quantity, space, and convenience, it has a better performance than similar models.
Among the many storage spaces of Lexus GS, the storage function of the front center armrest is the most flexible and practical. Not only the space is larger, but the freely sliding central partition is also very practical, which effectively improves the conditioning and utilization of the space. rate.
In terms of trunk storage, although the Lexus GS is generally flat due to the rear suspension, the actual storage capacity is still good, but the absence of the electric tailgate is a bit regrettable.
◆ Power system: The parameters of the new 2.5-liter V6 engine are mediocre.
In terms of power system, the entire Lexus GS250 luxury version is equipped with a new 2.5-liter V6 direct injection engine. This is the first time the model is equipped with an engine with a displacement of less than 3.0 liters. In terms of parameters, the maximum power of this engine is 209 horsepower and the maximum torque is 253N·m. , It is only enough for a medium and large car with a dead weight of nearly 1.7 tons; it is matched with a 6-speed automatic manual gearbox. Compared with models of the same level, it has become popular to simulate a CVT or 8 gears with 8 gears. Lexus is a bit unpretentious in this regard for the fast-hand automatic gearbox. After all, even the compact BMW 1 series uses 8AT, but Lexus still holds 6AT all the time. It is a bit unreasonable.
In terms of suspension, the new Lexus GS has not changed in the suspension structure, but added the AVS adaptive adjustable suspension system that we once appeared on the cash Reiz. The highlight of this system is that it can be adapted to different road conditions and driving. The operator's operating state automatically adjusts the damping rate of the suspension shock absorber, thereby reducing the vibration of the vehicle body on bumpy roads, adjusting the driving comfort and control accuracy to the best state, and achieving a higher level of ride comfort and control stability Sex.
◆ Competitiveness analysis:
Lexus GS model, as a wonderful flower in medium and large cars, has always been shown to consumers with its unique sporty temperament, and at the same time it has better avoided the top three German sales in this class. The newly redesigned Lekdas GS has a more youthful and fashionable style. It can be said that in addition to the obvious style difference with the current Mercedes-Benz E series, it is in style with the new BMW 5 Series Li and the new Audi A6L. There are still some intersections. In the price range of 600,000 yuan, the competitive advantage of the BMW 530Li Luxury Edition is quite obvious. In terms of power parameters and space performance, BMW is far ahead of the Lexus GS250 Luxury Edition, although Lexus has better interior texture and fineness. , But it can't make up for the flaws in its price and power system. The new Audi A6L, with its strong domestic brand recognition and good power matching, is better than the Lexus GS250 in terms of power output and gear shifting smoothness. In addition, the panoramic sunroof and BOSE audio and other luxurious comfort configurations make it better than the Lexus GS250. It is easier to get the hearts of consumers.
“Audi A6L 35 FSI Luxury” “BMW 530Li Luxury”
In addition, models like Mercedes-Benz E300L, Cadillac SLS, Infiniti M25L and other models also have their own unique skills. Lexus has to face many difficulties and dangers if it wants to break out of the competition-inspired medium and large car market, and its biggest The obstacle may be the price. Therefore, if the GS model, which has always been lacking sufficient price competitiveness, wants to kill a bloody road, I think that while upgrading the product configuration, the price must be adjusted to be more competitive. After all, the domestic high-end The market has gradually matured, and it is no longer the era when auto sellers were asking for prices. And 600,000 yuan to buy Mercedes-Benz S300 is the best example.
◆ Full text summary:
In general, the new Lexus GS is still a medium-to-large car with very beautiful exterior and interior. Compared with the old model, the exterior and interior are also significantly improved. The only downside is that its space performance is still not satisfactory. And the price that makes people feel high. As for the new 2.5-liter V6 direct-injection engine, although its performance is not good, it is somewhat like a small horse-drawn car for a vehicle weight of close to 1.7 tons. And how the actual dynamic performance is, please pay attention to our recent Online review articles. If you want to know the more detailed configuration of the 2012 Lexus GS250 luxury version, you can click here, and the staff of the 4s shop will contact you in time; or if you want to know more discount information from dealers, please click on the car quotation , And see which 4S shop offers more attractive offers. (Picture/Text Auto Home Jinxin)The article is not over yet, the next page also has the specific parameter configuration table of the main models of the 2012 Lexus GS series. Interested readers can compare them in detail.