Lexus unveils GS 250 in Guangzhou

Lexus will launch the 2013 GS in 350 and 450h variants here in the United States, but elsewhere, buyers will be able to opt for an entry-level GS 250 – a vehicle that just made its debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China.

Much like the other 250-badged vehicles, the GS will be powered by a 2.5-liter V6 with direct-injection, producing 207 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Those aren't exactly breathtaking power figures by any means, but it allows the GS 250 to compete with the base four-cylinder BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class models offered in Europe. Running to 60 miles per hour will take 8.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 142 mph.

A Lexus spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog that the automaker currently has no plans to offer the GS 250 here in the United States. The car will go on sale in other markets in June of next year, right when the GS 450h launches. Follow the jump for the official press release.
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- V6 version of all-new luxury saloon debuts at Guangzhou motor show

- Lexus reveals new GS 250 at the Guangzhou motor show in China

- Powered by 206bhp 2.5-litre V6 Dual VVT-i engine with D-4S direct port injection

- Six-speed ECT-i automatic transmission with sequential manual shift function and selectable drive modes

- Equipped with the same innovations and safety features as the new GS 450h

- To be launched in the UK alongside new GS 450h in June 2012

Lexus has revealed a further extension of its all-new GS luxury saloon range with the unveiling of the GS 250 at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.

The GS 250 is powered by a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine with D-4S direct port injection and Dual VVT-i intelligent valve timing. Maximum output is 206bhp at 6,400rpm and peak torque of 253Nm is delivered at 4,800rpm, giving the car nought to 62mph acceleration in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 142mph. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 31.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 207g/km.

The engine is matched to Lexus's Super ECT-i close-ratio intelligent six-speed automatic transmission, with a sequential manual shift function. The system has been engineered to deliver faster shift speeds, earlier torque converter lock-up and downshift throttle blips, complimenting a range of different drive modes available through the GS 250's Drive Mode Select System.

Compared the current GS, the new model has a more spacious interior, with notably more head and legroom for rear seat passengers. It will be offered with a range of new technology features, including a 12.3-inch multimedia screen – the largest on the market. It will be available with a new S-flow air conditioning system with nanoe air purifying technology, and a new Mark Levinson audio system with up to 17 speakers.

The new GS delivers improved driving dynamics thanks to a bodyshell that has been rendered 14 per cent more rigid; front and rear suspension revisions; and an optimised seating position for the driver. The driver can also adjust vehicle behaviour to suit road conditions and driving preferences using the Drive Mode Select. This gives the option of Eco, Normal and Sport S modes, while versions equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension offer a further Sport S+ mode for even more dynamic performance.

Safety provisions will include Lexus's advanced Pre-Crash Safety system, combined with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, and a series of other systems designed to reduce the risk of an accident, including Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Lexus Night View.

The new GS 250 will be launched in the UK at the same time as the full hybrid GS 450h in June 2012; the range will include a performance-themed F Sport version. Further details will be announced nearer the time of launch.

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