When the 2013 Lexus GS 450h joins the rest of the redesigned GS lineup this May, it will offer fresh style, advanced technologies and significantly improved fuel-economy ratings—but what it won’t offer is a cost increase, as the new model will begin at $58,950 at Lexus Dealer Tinley Park and other Lexus dealers, the exact same MSRP as the old model.
According to Sterling Lexus, that price of admission will bring owners an elegant mid-size sedan that showcases Lexus’ new, more aerodynamic design language, featuring sculpted and detailed sheet metal that’s highlighted by the brand’s new “spindle” grille and jewel-like lighting treatments. Inside, a revised instrument panel emphasizes the car’s spacious cabin, where innovative tech advances—like the latest iteration of the Lexus Enform suite of mobile apps—provides a distinctly cutting-edge driving environment. Further, with the upgraded Lexus navigation system, owners will enjoy the industry’s first 12.3-inch split-screen/high-res multimedia display.
But perhaps the biggest news is under the hood, where Lexus engineers have refined and improved the GS 450h’s hybrid propulsion system. While the total power on tap here is now 338 hp, the car’s EPA marks have jumped up notably. Its 2013 ratings of 29 mpg city/34 mpg highway/31 mpg combined represent gains of more than 27 percent/36 percent/34 percent over the outgoing model. The GS 450h also is certified as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV), thanks in part to an EV driving mode that allows the vehicle to travel for short distances while relying solely on electric power from its hybrid battery pack.
The other members of the GS troika—the GS 350 and high-performance GS 350 F Sport—are on sale at Lexus dealerships like San Francisco Lexus now.