Lexus GS300h.

The new Lexus GS300h is the second hybrid in the brand’s range, rivaling the BMW 5Series, the new Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI models. It follows the six-cylinder GS450h already on sale.

 

The GS300h specs.

The new four-door saloon model comes with the 215bhp hybrid drive-train, seen in the Lexus IS300h, combined with a 2.5litre four-cylinder petrol-electric engine. This makes the model capable of producing 174lb/ft of torque at 178bhp. The GS300h model is equipped with an automatic rear-wheel drive electric continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).

The model is able to reach from 0-62mph in a claimed 9.2 seconds. It’s top speed is pegged at 119mph. The GS300h model has an average fuel economy of 60.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 109g/km, rising to 57.6mpg and 113g/km in the higher spec models.

The GS300h is available in a range of options, beginning with the entry-level SE trim and ending with the higher spec Luxury, F-Sport and Premier versions.

 

The GS300h model level features.

The entry-level SE features;

  • Electrically adjustable front seats.
  • A 12 speaker stereo.
  • DAB and DVD player.
  • Remote Touch interface.
  • 17inch alloy wheels.
  • Cruise control.
  • Front and rear parking sensors.
  • HID bi-Xenon headlights.

 

The Luxury Trim level features;

  • Leather upholstery.
  • Heating and ventilation for the front seats.
  • Satnav.
  • 18inch wheels.
  • A Blind Spot Monitor pack with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

 

The F-Sport variant features;

  • Perforated leather seats.
  • 19inh alloy wheels.
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

 

The high spec Premier version features;

  • A 17inch Mark Levinson stereo system.
  • Upgraded seating with leather upholstery.
  • A colour head-up display.
  • The AVS system.
  • LED fog lamps.

 

The new model which is aimed at fleet customers who normally buy diesel saloons should be on sale from January 2014. Taking into account the tax breaks for petrol engines over diesels, is that for a higher-rate tax payer the GS300h SE costs £7,662 less in BIK (Benefit-in-kind car tax) over three years than a BMW 520d. Prices for the GS300h model levels begin at £31,495 for the entry-level SE trim and top out at £43,745 for the high spec level versions.

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