First deliveries January 2014
Lexus has extended its GS range with the introduction of the new GS 300h, this new full hybrid will appeal to company and business car users as it promises class-leading benefit-in-kind tax rates of 13 per cent, thanks to segment leading CO2 emissions of 109g/km from its 2.5-litre full hybrid powertrain.
Full equipment specifications have not yet been released but the exterior and interior styling mirror those of the more powerful Lexus GS 450h. There is also a new entry level SE trim, this model boasts a raft of luxury features which includes 17-inch alloys, ten airbags, electric steering wheel adjustment, 12-speaker sounds system with DAB radio and DVD player, cruise control, push button start, parking sensors HID (xenon) headlamps, and electrically adjustable, heated front seats. There will also be additional options such as Lexus Premium Navigation, with a 12.3-inch display, and leather upholstery (including heating/ventilation front seat functions).
If you opt for the Luxury trim then specification includes leather upholstery, navigation, 18-inch alloys and a Blind Spot Monitor pack with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Lexus GS 300h F Sport adds features such as exterior and interior styling elements, perforated leather sports seats, 10-spoke 19-inch wheels and Adaptive Variable Sports Suspension and the top of the range the Lexus GS 300h Premier takes in a Mark Levinson 17-speaker hifi, system, eighteen-way electric front seat adjustment with memory, a new colour head-up display, AVS and LED fog lamps. Pure luxury to the highest level.
Prices start from £31,495
There is no doubt that all Lexus GS 300h SE customers will also be saving money on fuel and road tax. Combined cycle consumption of 60.1mpg is expected for the SE model, with 57.6mpg for the Luxury and Premier versions and 56.5mpg for the F Sport. The SE’s 109g/km CO2 emissions place it in band B for annual Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), while the Luxury and Premier at 113g/km and F Sport at 115g/km, all fall within band C.
Prices for the new Lexus GS 300h start at £31,495 for the SE trim rising to £37,495 for the GS 300h Luxury. The Lexus 300h F Sport is priced at £41,475 and the top of the range GS 300h Premier is priced at £43,745, all models are in the VED Band C with the SE an exception which is in Band B.