Many of us probably knew that the all-new 2012 Lexus GS 450h made its world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. However, our focus had been all diverted to the debut of the new Porsche 911 (991 series). Accordingly, let us show you the latest Lexus GS 450h now which will be official revealed by second half of 2012.
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The all-new 2012 GS 450h will be capable of running in electric-only, petrol-only and combined hybrid modes. The 3.5-litre V6 engine is mated with an electric motor, with the powerplants powering the rear wheels. The combined power of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system is unchanged from the current model at 254kW of power.
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The fuel consumption and emissions data are yet to be discloses by Lexus. However, Lexus’s engineers say the engine’s high 13:1 compression ratio, new mid-port intake tumble generator, and the implementation of the brand’s latest D-4S direct-injection technology all lead to improved efficiency. Revisions to the hybrid system’s Power Control Unit, the range of the regenerative brakes, and the electric motor’s lighter mounts and reduced friction also contribute to better figures.
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Lexus says refinement work on the engine has lead to obvious reductions in NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels. The new GS 450h has a larger boot space than its predecessor with a new stacked battery configuration.
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From the exterior, the GS 450h can be easily identified by its unique three-lamp headlight assembly, concealed exhaust pipes and signature Lexus blue hybrid emblem.
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The 2012 Lexus GS 450h will be available with the new Dynamic Handling system, which includes four-wheel steering. At speeds below 80km/h, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions to improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle stability and overall cornering agility. At speeds over 80km/h, the wheels turn in the same direction.
On the safety aspect, the new GS 450h includes 10 airbags, head-up display, blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning and other preventative features.
Meantime, check out the photo gallery after the jump.
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