The new 2017 Lexus GS 350 comes boasting of plenty of high-tech features, a refined interior, and a class competitive performance. Folks! We are talking of a vehicle that can go toe to toe with German vehicles that bear a long history of luxury and comfort without breaking a sweat. Read on for the latest news regarding its interior and exterior, release date, engine specs, and price estimate.
For 2017, the GS 350 comes with several cosmetic facelifts fleshes and an additional engine choice over the previous model. Otherwise, it’s fundamentally the same car as before. It offers the same competence, and performance as its history can attest to. This feature-rich offering from Lexus is also the most affordable vehicle in the entire GS 350 lineup.
It however returns with the same four-cylinder turbocharged engine that Lexus has installed on its RC Coupe and IS sedan. This shouldn’t be disappointing as it is still more powerful than even that on the larger GS model. EPA says the GS 350 should return about 26 mpg in the city/highway combination.
This is a vehicle that is well-suited for everyday commute because of its striking balance between performance and comfort. Steering and handling have also improved over the previous model and therefore it isn’t shy from taking tight turns at relatively top speeds. Add the superb specs to the well-appointed cabin and you’ve got yourself a compelling alternative to the likes of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi.
The competition in the segment is cut-throat as always though, and the GS 350 will have to face off squarely against other well-established vehicles like 2017 BMW 5 Series, the 2017 Audi A6, and the 2017 Mercedes E-Class. Others include the 2017 Jaguar XF and the 2017 Cadillac CTS.
Trims Available – Lexus GS 350
Two trims are offered for the 2017 Lexus GS 350: GS 200t and the GS 350. The GS 450h is however covered under a separate review.
Interior Changes & 2017 Lexus GS 350 Exterior Review
Standard accessories and features available for the two models include an eight-way power front seats, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, matte wood trim, driver-seat memory functions, ambient lighting, a leather upholstery, auto-dimming heated side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, driver-selectable drive modes, keyless ignition and entry, and a leather upholstery.
Technology features include a 12.3” screen, satellite and HD radio, a navigation system, Siri Eyes Free integration, dual USB ports, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, smartphone app integration, a CD player, and voice controls.
Depending on the region though, the availability of these options can vary: automatic wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, a heavy-duty heater, a power rear sunshade, water-repellent front door glass, and a wiper de-icer.
The Luxury package offers an adaptive suspension, heated rear seats, wood-trimmed steering wheel, an upgraded leather upholstery, a 14-way adjustable front seats, glossy interior wood trim, manual rear door sunshades, adaptive headlights, a four-way power lumbar, 19” wheels, and passenger memory settings.
The F-sport – the performance-focused package, offers a rear spoiler, a four-way power lumbar, 12-way adjustable sport seats, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension system, 19-inch wheels, a unique exterior styling, and a variable ratio steering system.
Standalone options include a lane-departure mitigation and warning system, upgraded LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, a heads-up display, a power-closing trunk lid, a Dynamic Handling system, a larger 12.3” display, and automatic high-beams.
2017 Lexus GS 350 Engine Specs
The GS 200t model is inspired by a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine rated a 241 horsepower and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission system mated to the engine transfers all the power to the rear wheels.
Meanwhile, the GS 350 gets a 3.5L V6 engine is good for 311 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. It also comes paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission system.
EPA estimates allege the GS 200t should return 22/33/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 20/29/23 mpg for the GS 350 model. The thirsty AWD version drops the figures to 19/26/22 mpg, while the F-sport variant is rated at 21/30/24 mpg for the GS 200t, and 19/28/22 mpg for the GS 350 model.
2017 Lexus GS 350 Release Date & Price
Although based on speculation at the time of this writing, the 2017 Lexus GS 350 should be expected to be released in August 2017. And once available in the market, it will cost you a base MSRP of $50,000.