NEW FOR 2011:

– Non-hybrid GS available only as GS350 AWD
– Premium Package deletes rear seat side airbags, wallet-size smart key and power rear sunshade
– Exterior colours: Black Metallic (GS350 AWD) and Starlight Black Mica (GS450h) added

For 2011, the Lexus GS is available only as the GS350 AWD; the GS350 in rear-wheel drive and the V8-powered GS460 have been discontinued. The GS450h hybrid model is unchanged, except for a new colour. The GS350’s available Premium Package cuts down on some of the features, which move to the Ultra Premium Package.

The GS line-up consists of the GS350 AWD, with 3.5-litre V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, and the GS450h hybrid, which uses the 3.5-litre V6 with hybrid system and CVT.

Features on the GS350 AWD include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic recirculation mode, Smart Access with pushbutton ignition, power tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power sunroof, auto up/down windows, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, compass, cruise control, premium illuminated entry system, garage door opener, privacy glass, wood interior trim, ten-way power heated perforated leather seats, driver’s side memory, floor mats, six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and USB port, XM satellite radio, electroluminescent gauges, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring system, auto-levelling adaptive xenon headlamps with washers, fog lamps, water-repellant door glass, rain-sensing wipers, auto-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, puddle lamps and auto tilt-down in reverse, anti-theft alarm, and first-aid kit.

The Premium Package adds intuitive parking assist, rear spoiler, navigation system, back-up camera, and heated and ventilated seats.

The Ultra Premium Package adds six-CD/DVD Mark Levinson stereo with 14 speakers, wallet-size Smart Key, power rear sunshade, and rear-seat side airbags.

The GS450h builds on the GS350 and adds power rear sunshade, intuitive parking assist, 14-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, and rear seat side airbags.

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