The new 2013 Lexus GS 450h debuted earlier this month. Lexus describes the styling of the vehicle as “bold, dynamic,” and lauds the vehicle’s power (338 total system horsepower), spacious interior, and precise handling capabilities.
The Lexus GS 450h is part of Toyota Motor Corporation’s line of hybrid-powered luxury sport sedans, which was conceived six years ago. It offers several significant improvements over the previous generation’s model. The Lexus GS 450h exhibits lowered engine noise, decreased vibration levels, and reduced friction levels. The vehicle also offers an expanded regenerative braking operation range, increased cargo area, an enhanced Power Control Unit (PCU) with improved cooling performance, and improved fuel consumption.
The vehicle’s fuel consumption is improved by more than 35 percent from the last generation’s model. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that the Lexus GS 450h will achieve a rating of 29 miles per gallon equivalent (MPG-e) during city driving, and 34 MPG-e during highway driving, with a combined rating of 31 MPG-e. The vehicle is also certified as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV), indicating that it produces lower emissions than clean diesel fuels do.
While the Lexus GS 450h is an environmentally sustainable option for potential buyers, it is also a luxurious sport sedan. The interior of the vehicle features, a distinctive analog clock with LED indicators that is carved from a single ingot of aluminum. The analog clock adds a unique touch to the vehicle, a touch that is at once both modern and traditional. The interior of the Lexus GS 450h is further enhanced by the incorporation of subtle bamboo accents and a matching bamboo steering rim.
The Lexus GS 450h’s exterior design blends both classic Lexus appeal and fresh, innovative touches that distinguish the vehicle from previous models. While the Lexus GS 450h displays the Lexus’ signature spindle grill with trapezoidal contours, it also features a uniquely clean, hybrid look that is achieved by concealing the vehicle’s tailpipes.
The Lexus GS 450h’s exterior design blends both classic Lexus appeal and fresh, innovative touches that distinguish the vehicle from previous models. Credit: Toyota Motor Corporation.
The vehicle has the ability to operate in five different modes: normal mode, ECO mode, electric vehicle (EV) mode, Sport S mode, and Sport S+ mode. Each of these modes offers a distinct driving experience for vehicle owners.
ECO mode, for instance, allows vehicle owners to achieve better fuel economy by revising the vehicle’s throttle mapping, seat heating, and climate control systems.
While the vehicle is in EV mode, owners can reduce the amount of harmful emissions emitted into the atmosphere by using only the electric motor
Finally, drivers may take advantage of the Sport S mode, which allows the vehicle to fully exploit the capabilities of its powertrain, or the Sports S+ mode, which combines the powertrain enhancements from the Sport S mode with additional handling advantages. Each of these modes can be operated by toggling the Lexus Drive Mode selector.