New Lexus GS 300h, presentation and test in Guadalajara: real alternative to premium diesel

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Lexus has decided to stand up to the hegemony of diesel in the E segment betting on a new engine, which will also become an entry-level version, in the Lexus GS model. In this way, getting on the new Lexus GS 300h makes us always keep our sights on the most direct competitor diesel engines that have managed to take over the market based on arguments that speak of low consumption.

But Lexus, as many will already know, has denied the use of diesel engines in its range due to a very determined commitment to gasoline hybrid mechanics under the values ​​of smoothness and comfort on the go, minimal vibrations and parasites typical of the harshness of diesel and a studied efficiency at the mercy of a battery-powered electric drive and numerous technologies applied to the operation of the 2.5-liter gasoline block.

A highly studied bet to face diesel

New Lexus GS 300h

The Lexus GS 300h does not have it easy before the hegemony of diesel, even so, the price of € 45,900 is already a fact to take into account

The new Lexus GS 300h is born as the most rational alternative of the GS range. To be honest, the Lexus GS 450h sinned to offer a product of too high-performance nature for the real market of this type of saloon. The 345 hp emanating from the hybrid package of the Lexus GS 450h make it an unappealing model for those looking for a large saloon with ample power that is not exaggerated. It was necessary to find a lower rung in the GS range, and the new Lexus GS 300h is the answer.

In this way, everything applicable to the Lexus GS 450h is fully valid in the Lexus GS 300h. The differences exist in the dynamic and economic plane, obviously, but for those who missed a Lexus alternative in the E segment to face the German bestsellers with diesel engines between 170 and 240 hp, it may be time to rethink options.

The new Lexus GS 300h aims to take over 75% of sales in the GS range since deliveries begin. So, the cheapest Lexus GS 300h will start at € 45,900, placing itself by price / power ratio on the imaginary line defended by firms such as BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz based on the use of diesel mechanics between 170 and 240 CV. In all available finishes, the Lexus GS 300h will deliver a maximum power of 223 hp and will be exempt from paying registration tax.

A new hybrid powertrain, identical Lexus Hybrid Drive essence

New Lexus GS 300h

The Lexus GS 300h makes use of the new powertrain scheme presented in the Lexus IS 300h, a hybrid set that employs a gasoline and atmospheric four-cylinder mechanics with 2.5 liters under Atkinson duty cycle with 181 hp and a synchronous electric drive of magnets. permanent with a maximum power of 143 CV and maximum torque of 300 Nm. Maximum combined power is 223 hp transmitted to the rear axle using a continuously variable transmission (E-CVT with simulated sequential control).

223 hp power at the mercy of an E-CVT that shows comfort and smoothness, but still does not quite fit into an outstanding package

The batteries used by the Lexus GS 300h They are made of Nickel-metal hydride at a voltage of 650 Volts. The hybrid plant also has a second electric drive whose mission is to generate electrical energy to recharge the batteries located behind the rear seats and perform the stop and start function of the gasoline drive in the smoothest possible way. The main electric motor also acts as an electric generator in the holding and braking phases. Whenever we start the march it is in electric mode with 300 Nm of torque, being able to travel just over 1.5 km if we select the forced EV mode.

It is a good time to stop at the E-CVT, an automatic transmission design that requires adaptation by the driver to understand its ultimate goal and why it is important in all hybrids signed by Toyota and Lexus. The E-CVT transmission manages to turn the thermal propeller at maximum torque, maximum efficiency, offering an infinite range of gear ratios between a preset minimum and maximum limit.

New Lexus GS 300h

Lexus has designed a sequential mode for this E-CVT that allows us to have paddles on the steering wheel with 6 relationships. The result is none other than finding a simulation of fixed relationships where the gearbox is forced to work at specific points in the gear ratio range that the drive is capable of offering. The feeling is not close to that offered by other types of automatic changes by torque converter or double clutch, discovering an artificial touch that in my opinion only finds great pleasure when managing the retention of the set.

Up to 5 different driving programs. Steering, throttle, suspension and instrumentation turn comfort into sportiness with just one spin of the wheel

When it comes to demanding maximum performance from the 223 hp hybrid plant that installs the Lexus GS 300h It is where we find the points to define in the E-CVT change, because although the Lexus GS 300h has not been developed as a high-performance variant, its technical sheet does indicate that it is capable of going fast without too much consideration. Thus, the E-CVT change reveals an important evolution compared to previous generations, although it still shows that sensation of lack of synchronism between propeller revolutions and speed.

With up to 5 operating programs: EV, ECHO, Normal, Sport and Sport +. The Lexus GS 300h is capable of offering a very satisfactory ride comfort, turning power into a very effective sporty mood. vary steering, throttle, instrumentation, and suspension response by simply selecting Sport or Sport + mode available according to finishes.

Lexus GS 300h: driving sensations and conclusions

New Lexus GS 300h

The route selected by Lexus to put the new Lexus GS 300h on the ropes would take us from Madrid to Pastrana passing through different towns of Gudalajara and Cuenca. A cocktail that allowed mixing fast roads at 120 and 130 km / h, later challenging mountain roads full of curves that on more than one occasion showed signs of frost. Thus, the Lexus GS 300h came out victorious and with a very good note, underlining that Being access to the range has not made a dent in the character and execution of this saloon.

During the chosen route I was able to wear at the wheel of the F Sport and Hybrid trim, top and intermediate finish respectively. The differences, although existing, hardly offer radical leaps beyond the aesthetic or equipment plane. At the dynamic level, we only find the Sport + mode, exclusive to the F Sport finish, as the point that most highlights the differences if we are looking for that extra contribution in stability and sensations that provides a firmer suspension setting, changes in the throttle and steering management and a tire team that seeks greater grip with measures 235/40 for the front end and 265/35 for the rear axle on specific 19-inch wheels.

New Lexus GS 300h

The Lexus GS 300h will only need a tire change and a set of brake pads after 90,000 km

The Lexus GS 300h is fast, not sporty, prioritizing comfort even when selecting the Sport + driving mode. Despite his 4,850 mm length and a 1,735 kg weight, the Lexus GS 300h does not offer the behavior of a heavy car thanks to a mass distribution between trains 51/49. Without being as agile as the Lexus IS 300h, its behavior is noble and very capable given its dimensions.

The equipment that the Lexus GS 300h can install is very abundant, although we must not forget that technology comes at a price, which is why we found a very well positioned Lexus GS 300h Hybrid ECHO from € 45,900, but in the shadow of a Lexus GS 300h Hybrid Plus for € 71,200 where we find a long list of elements in security and infotainment.

New Lexus GS 300h

In this way, the Lexus GS 300h can install a projector HUD in color on the windshield, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), intelligent front lighting via diodes Led (I-AFS), Pre-Collision Assist (PCS), adaptive cruise control (ACC), Nanoe particle climate control or the Mark Levinson surround sound system with 17 speakers.

The official consumption in combined cycle NEDC yield data from 4.7 and 5.4 l / 100 km depending on equipment and finish, finding 8 l / 100 km consumption during the course of the test without practicing any efficient driving. And this is where Lexus intends to face the diesel competition, adjusting real gasoline consumption to carry out an offensive where, in addition, values ​​such as smoothness, very low noise and a very low maintenance cost thanks to the use of a gasoline hybrid system that takes care of elements such as brakes and tires and that uses components that do not need any preventive care.

New Lexus GS 300h

ModelFinishPriceGS 300hHybrid ECHO45,900 eurosGS 300hHybrid52,100 eurosGS 300hHybrid Drive58,500 eurosGS 300hHybrid Plus71,200 eurosGS 300hF Sport67,000 eurosIn Daily engine: Lexus GS 450h F Sport, tested. The alliance between the most timeless luxury and the latest technology | Lexus IS 300h F SPORT to the test: the Prius picked up his katana


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