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Two new Lexus saloons scooped testing at the Nurburgring for the first time
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8 October 2010

Lexus has started testing the next-generation IS and GS saloons at the Nurburgring, ahead of launches in late 2011 and 2012.

Scooped together at the same test sessions at the ‘ring, the two models are being developed as variants of the same platform, just like the current model.

See the spy pics of the Lexus IS and GS models

Hidden under the disguise body panels of today’s models, are the new running gear and platform dimensions, which are understood to include a wider track, but similar wheelbase for the IS and a slightly stretched wheelbase for the GS.

With the new CT hatchback entering the range below the IS, there’s understood to be room to push both models up-market in tems of cabin space and overall dimensions.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Lexus CT200h

Engines are tipped to mirror today’s cars, with the GS majoring on the V6-powered petrol hybrid, with capacity tipped to go up to 4-litres, while the IS could add a four-cylinder petrol-based hybrid.

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nopiano 8 October 2010

Re: Next Lexus IS + GS - first pics

Must admit that without the tape I'd not have given them another glance. Still, in my book the styling ain't broke so doesn't need fixing. A bit of nip and tuck never does much harm - on cars anyway! Can't say the same for plug ugly CT200h, though the flyer in this week's mag makes it look passable. One to see in the metal maybe?

TStag 8 October 2010

Re: Next Lexus IS + GS - first pics

7 comment's so far, wow with these car's Lexus is really exciting people

DKW 8 October 2010

Re: Next Lexus IS + GS - first pics

memyselfandi wrote:
It seems to be a running theme with Lexus the cars a great, but the engine just isn't powerful enough, or isn't as economical as rivals for the power it produces

Funny that - surely the whole idea of hybrids is to provide an advantage in terms of the performance/consumption ratio. I know the IS200 isn't a hybrid, but the same could be said about their other engines too. Time for a good V6 turbodiesel Lexus, come on, even Infinity have finally managed it now. Lexus are the only major player not to have one, which is a reflection of the fact that non-American markets aren't so important to Lexus.

Sales will keep it that way too unless they sort out that V6 diesel ... 250 BHP and 380 Lb/Ft will do it, they can make the damn thing out of pig iron and concrete for all I care, it'll still be lighter than a hybrid battery pack, use up less luggage room and cause less harm to the environment.