We've already been behind the wheel of the 2012 Lexus GS sedan, and we've spied it lapping the Nürburgring under layers of camouflage. All that time, though, we've been forced to imagine what the finished product will look like under all those loose-fitting layers of clothing.

The wait is almost over. Lexus will officially unwrap the 2012 GS 350 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Thursday, August 18th at 4:15 PM (PDT). We'll be there, bringing you the goods live, but in the meantime, the Japanese automaker has decided it's high time to start teasing.

We know that the car's styling was foreshadowed by the LF-Gh Concept that was shown off at the 2011 New York Auto Show, and nowhere will that be more evident than in the shape of the car's grille. Lexus tells us that the new design philosophy that will debut with the 2012 GS will eventually spread through the rest of its lineup, so we're keenly interested in seeing how this car looks in the flesh.

Check out a high-resolution version of the teaser by clicking on the image above. We've also taken the liberty of adding a lightened version of the image for you, which may or may not help you pick out some interesting details. Lastly, feel free to check out the official press release after the break.
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Lexus to Reveal All-New Lexus GS Luxury Sport Sedan at Pebble Beach

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2011 – Lexus will reveal the all-new GS 350 mid-size luxury sport sedan on Thursday, August 18th in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The fourth-generation GS has been completely redesigned, inside and out, and will feature the brand's new design philosophy, with styling cues such as a distinctive new front grille, that will soon be seen on all future Lexus vehicles. The new GS will also lead the rest of the Lexus lineup in an entirely new direction of driving dynamics.

"Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier interior package," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "With the all-new GS, we're giving them what they asked for, and more."

The Lexus press conference will take place on Thursday, August 18th at 4:15 p.m. PDT at Parc du Concours near The Lodge at Pebble Beach. The press conference will also be broadcast live online and archived at http://www.LexusNewsroom.com.


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      Bobby
      • 3 Years Ago
      not bad, actually.
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 3 Years Ago
      well at least they added a bar in the middle.
      M
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been reading the comments, and i really dont see the audi grille. this looks like an hour glass shape whereas the audi is a trapezoid.... plus lexus grille starts small on the top and gets larger and the audi starts large gets small.
        AE86
        • 3 Years Ago
        @M
        I agree... Audi isnt the only automaker that has a big grill... Im guessin everyone is copying Audi ??
      landypd5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lexus please show ACURA the right way to " ADVANCE" lmao :)
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good!
      1STH
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL!!! that looks like a really badly imitated Audi.......terrible. Lexus is in big trouble.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, another giant grille for another anemic engine. We'll see plenty of the rear end of this thing in front of lines of traffic soon.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Anemic engine? So the 5.0L V8 and suspected 4.8L V10 are anemic?
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Audi look is getting overplayed already but not surprising, Toyota can't create something distinctive.
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the world gets another automobile from the worlds most anti-septic car maker. Yawn. The teasers do look nifty, however as with all things Toyota/Lexus ( recent vintage ), it will be completely unentertaining to drive. With amazing electronic fly-by-wire systems to insert yet another layer of abstraction between you and the road. In preparation for the upcoming days when Toyota will simply remove the steering wheel altogether and let some computer drive it around for you, Toyota is simply easing that transition along slowly. Pity because they do have some great vintage sleds which were wonderful drivers, but I guess that doesn't sell these days ( outside of track day enthusiasts ), most potential owners are only interesting in styling and how many aftermarket gizmo's they can attach to them.
        Burabus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georgie Porgie
        so I assume you drive a model T?
          Georgie Porgie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          I'm eagerly awaiting to see what this new FT86 is about. But really lets face it, outside of the LFA, what in their current arsenal can satisfy the criteria of a 'drivers car'. I have owned toyotas in the past, from vintage crowns, coronas, corollas, and the 80's pickups were great. But I see nothing within the past decade that has done anything to tingle my driving nerve centers ( outside of the Supra ).
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          There hasn't been a Supra since 97. Its outside of your decade.
      Alma V. Hassan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! When I first saw the concept, I thought to my self "WTF?"... But this... This I think is going to be very sexy...
      w1spurgeon
      • 3 Years Ago
      No doubt about it, Lexus makes the best Mercedes knock-offs in the world.
      Tamoor Chaudhry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty good...
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