Updated model shown at the Frankfurt motor show
18 September 2009

Lexus has launched an updated version of the GS 450h at the Frankfurt motor show.

Exterior changes include a new front grille, near rear lights and new 18-inch alloy wheels for the SE-L model. Inside, it gets a new starter button, a new leather interior and new wood trim.

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Extra features include a new 40GB HDD sat-nav system with European-wide coverage, a new DAB stereo system and Bluetooth connectivity.

A revised pre-crash safety system also features, which supports the pre-crash seatbelt and brake assist functions with pre-crash brake technology. Both front seats are fitted with new, inflator-operated headrests, activated by a signal from the ECU in the event of a rear-end impact.

The new Lexus GS 450h is expected to go on sale early next year, with prices set to be announced nearer the launch.

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18 September 2009

[quote Autocar]Extra features include a new 40GB HDD sat-nav system with European-wide coverage...[/quote]

I'm no astrologer, but according to Patrick Moore's Law, in ten year's time, your car will be a 700GB, and at that point, not only will you be able to navigate the world and all its seas, but you will theoretically be able to get to the moon without asking directions.

Try picking a hole in that, Peter!

18 September 2009

Anyone actually been in one of these two tonne (ish) monsters? I have, out of curiosity, just after they were launched.

It's a lovely place to sit and the relentless urge each time you jump on the loud pedal is really rather addictive, but the ride turns all bouncy-bouncy over any tarmac that isn't flatter than a steamrollered cat, and there's the most peculiar sensation arriving at roundabouts as the weird weight distribution seems to want to make the back continue round in front of you like some fat-arse 911.

In terms of control and feedback and manners it was several worlds away from the W220 S-Class I had on my drive at the time, still the luxury benchmark if you ask me. Anyway, I've always presumed the weird feel of the PP9-powered GS was the trade off for all the weight of the electrical gubbins, though it could just be they're trying to make it appeal to Audi drivers.

Came away feeling ill, I did!

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Lexus GS300h

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