The value car of the executive segment is also the greenest
accessible from the buttons on the wood/leather trimmed steering wheel, which looks nice but isn’t the best for grip.
The drivetrain is upgraded from the superseded car, with the 3.5-litre dual-injected V6 tweaked to increase efficiency.
Changes have also been made to the continuously variable transmission to reduce the incredibly irritating ‘‘ flare’’ inherent in these transmissions. The driver can use manual mode via paddleshifts to liven up the drive or can play with the Lexus Drive Mode Select system— which changes drivetrain, chassis and steering mapping in one of four modes.
Energy is recovered via the company’s most efficient regenerative braking package yet, which helps reduce fuel use to 6.3L/100km. Other highlights include a climate control system that counteracts dehydration by putting microscopic ions with about 1000 times more water content than regular air ions— apparently it’s gentler on skin and hair.
The GS the fourth Lexus line to get the new aggressive, angular look, which sits nicely on the big sedan. The rear end has lost the rounded rump of its predecessor and that’s a good thing. There’s also a classy analog clock in the dash— a vast improvement over the old green digital unit.
Thankfully the new nickelmetal hydride battery layout allows for 45 per cent more bootspace than the outgoing car— it’s now 465 litres —and helps give the GS450h near 50-50 weight distribution.
Balanced proposition: The hybrid’snewbattery enables near 50-50 weight distribution. The GS450h is incredibly efficient