Lexus is adding a turbo-charged, rear-wheel drive GS model as its third vehicle for that nameplate in the 2016 model year, the automaker announced as part of Monterey Car Week.
The GS 200t will feature a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new engine delivers 241 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Lexus estimates 33 mpg for highway driving.
Lexus is also increasing the power of the GS 350 model with a more muscular 3.5-liter V-6 that now produces 311 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine uses direct fuel injection with additional port fuel injectors.
The Lexus Safety System+ optional safety system will be offered for the first time as a package of technologies that include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beam and all-speed dynamic radar cruise control.
As part of the mid-cycle refresh, the GS lineup will also get a restyled front end and upgraded multimedia technology.
The GS 450h is a high-performing hybrid with an Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter V-6 engine and electric motor that produces 338 hp. Lexus delivers power to the wheels with a continuously variable transmission. The carryover model has been rated by the EPA for 29 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet