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Second hybrid in the Lexus GS lineup to be launched at the end of 2013

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Lexus introduced the fourth model—and the second hybrid—in the GS range, the GS 300h hybrid, which will be launched at the end of 2013. The fourth generation Lexus GS first went on sale in Europe in 2012 as a three model range comprising the GS 250, GS 350 AWD and the high-performance flagship, the full hybrid GS 450h.

The new GS 300h is equipped with a second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system similar to that installed in the IS 300h. The full hybrid drive system combines a 105 kW/143 DIN hp electric motor with a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder, 16 valve, DOHC Atkinson cycle gasoline engine featuring a next-generation D-4S fuel injection system, Dual VVT-i and a high-efficiency Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. The engine develops 133 kW/181 DIN hp at 6,000 rpm, and 221 N·m (163 lb-ft) of torque at 4,200-5,400 rpm.

With the rear wheels driven through the hybrid system’s Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), total system power is 164 kW/223 DIN hp.

The new Lexus full hybrid returns CO2 emissions starting from 109 g/km and an average fuel consumption of less than 4.7 l/100 km (50 mpgUS).

The GS 300h will also be available as F SPORT model featuring bespoke design elements and specific technologies for an even more engaging drive. As with GS 450h F SPORT model, the new GS 300h F SPORT may be equipped with leading-edge, driving dynamics-enhancing technologies such as Active Variable Suspension (AVS).

Comments

HarveyD

Have taken delivery of a very similar vehicle (2013 Camry XLE Hybrid) last week. It is too early to conclude if the claimed 40/41 mpg/US (average) is possible.

The last 500+ Km have been mostly city driving and the tank is not quite half empty.

I doubt that it will do as good as my wife's Prius. She does 51+ mpgUS most of the time.

philmcneal

yeah an entry level RWD hybrid would be very nice right now! the gs450h is too expensive for the average consumer.

Then again the is300h had mediocre reviews on its performance, its cheesy racing emulated sounds just shows how much of a joke it is.

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