January 7, 2004
New Lexus GS luxury sedan has AWD
Detroit, Michigan – Lexus introduced a new GS luxury sport sedan with more power and more advanced engineering improvements.
Significantly, the new GS will feature all-wheel-drive, the first such application in any Lexus car, and offer Lexus Vehicle Dynamic Management (VDM), a system capable of anticipating vehicle stability problems and correcting them with a combination of braking and throttle control. The new VDM system is less intrusive than the VSC system, said the company.
Joining the 4.3-litre V8 will be an all-new 245-horsepower V6 engine replacing the current inline six. Both the V6 and V8 engines benefit from an all-new close-ratio 6-speed automatic transmission with a sequential manual-shifting mode. A new Adaptive Variable Suspension allows the driver to fine-tune suspension damping with four settings ranging from normal-mode for everyday driving to a sport-mode for a tighter, more precise feel.
The new Lexus GS offers keyless SmartAccess that allows the driver to lock, unlock and start the car simply by touching the door handle (with a key fob in pocket) and then simply pressing a push-button to start. An advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPM) can detect and notify the driver, via an indicator warning light, of a significant loss in pressure in one or more tires, a condition that could potentially lead to premature tire wear and loss of control. The GS will also feature Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), which helps illuminate a turn or curve as the driver steers into it.
A rear back-up camera is also added, providing an extra margin of confidence when reversing the vehicle. Available in conjunction with the optional navigation system, it automatically projects an image of what the camera lens can detect behind the vehicle onto the navigation screen when the vehicle is in the reverse gear.
The GS will also offer an optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) that can help reduce collision injury and damage. The system uses a millimetre-wave radar sensor to detect obstacles in front of the car and a pre-collision system computer with vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate inputs that help to determine in advance whether a collision is unavoidable. The system
then preemptively retracts front seat belts and prepares Brake Assist for increased braking force to help reduce collision speed.