The Lexus GS 250 comes as a new edition to the four-model strong South African Lexus GS range. Released locally this year, the GS 250 provides an opportunity for affordable entry into the Lexus family of luxury sports sedans.
“L-finesse” is Lexus' marketing speak for their new look GS range. In profile, the GS 250 has a muscular stance with wide wheel arches which contrasts with a lean waistline and a long streamlined cabin. In front is a new 'spindle' shaped grill as its front focal point framed by jewel-like headlights with LED daytime running lights. Available in EX trim the GS 250 includes 18 inch alloy wheels paired with 235/45 tyres. The front headlights have an auto levelling function with washers. There are retractable and heated side mirrors, front fog lights and rain sensing wipers. Lexus says the bodyshell is also 14 percent more rigid and front and rear suspension have been revised for a more dynamic driving response.
Inside, the Lexus GS 250 is exceptionally roomy with enough space to easily accommodate five occupants. Buy a car like this and you'll enjoy a range of specifications which come standard on this model. Of all cars for sale in this segment, the GS 250 is the first to feature energy-saving automatic climate control. Called 'S-Flow' the feature uses an occupant detection system to focus airflow only to the front area where passengers are seated. There is a Remote Touch driver interface with a one-push button enabling functioning of climate, audio and phone controls as well as use of the navigation system. There is a 310 mm multimedia screen which Lexus claims to be the largest in this class and a new 12-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System with MP3/USB/iPod integration. A full leather interior with piano black trim and tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel is included and seats are heated and ventilated for driver and passengers with 10-way electric adjustment, two-way lumber support and driver memory. The GS 250 features a 'Drive Mode Select' control which allows the driver to choose between ECO, NORMAL and SPORT modes.
The GS 250 comes with a 2.5 litre VVT-i V6 petrol engine which is capable of delivering 154 kW of power and a maximum torque of 253 Nm. Power is pushed to the rear wheels through a 6-speed ECT-i automatic gearbox featuring paddle shifts and a manual 'M' mode for enhanced driving pleasure. This dynamic sedan will accelerate to a top speed of 230 km/h in 8.6 seconds. Engineered for lightness and strength, Lexus says that its aluminium-alloy V6 offers 'superb balance and durability, while leading edge sound engineering creates an excitingly resonant engine note'.
With safety in mind, the Lexus GS 250 exceeds expectations. A Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) integrates safety systems like Anti-skid Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), allowing them to 'talk' to each other so they activate earlier for a smoother, less intrusive operation. Airbags are in abundance (no less than 10 as standard) with driver and front passenger front, knee and side airbags and rear passengers side and curtain shield airbags present. Added to this already comprehensive list is a blind spot monitor, lane assist and night vision.
Of all cars for sale in this segment, the new Lexus GS 250 not only sets a new benchmark in 'clever technologies' included in its overall package, it does so at a highly competitive price. The Lexus GS 250 pricing is currently quoted at: R 494 400, which opens the market just that little bit wider for this newcomer which is now somewhat more affordable than its sibling models within the same range. (Prices are subject to change according to various factors so please consult your dealer for the latest price.)