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Lexus discontinues ‘GS’, introduces ‘Eternal Touring’ as commemoration

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Lexus a luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automotive giant, Toyota, has announced the end of production of the entire line-up of the grand touring sedan, the Lexus GS, in August 2020. The brand will mark the end of production with the ‘Eternal Touring’ edition if the Lexus GS which will be introduced on 1st June 2020 through Lexus stores.

The grand touring sedan has seen four generations and was launched in 1993. The current generation model was last updated in 2012 and the model adopted the iconic spindle grille for the first time. The car has enjoyed 27 years of patronage and to commemorate the end of an era the brand has launched the special edition Eternal Touring model. 

The Lexus GS ‘Eternal Touring’ on the exterior carries a dark theme with it and is based on the GS450h / 350 / 300h / 300 F Sport. The Lexus GS comes with the signature spindle grille in dark chrome with dedicated gloss black grille for the F Sport, gloss black bumper side bezel, L-marked LED daytime running lights, Trinocular full-LED headlamp cluster, a sloping roof with subtle character lines, mildly flared wheel arches, chrome window beltline, orange brake callipers, black plated tailgate garnish, LED tail lamps, sloping roofline, boot lip spoiler etc.

On the inside, the Eternal Touring edition features a multi-layered dashboard in sporty dual-tone, black and red finish with satin chrome accents, carbon fibre embellishments, flare red skin on the dimpled steering wheel, door pads and central tunnel. Alcantara leather seats with red contrast stitching. A large infotainment screen recessed in the dashboard which can be operated using the touch control system on the transmission tunnel, multifunction steering wheel, digital drivers information panel, automatic climate control etc. 

The Lexus GS Eternal Touring is available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models in 2.0-litre in-line 4-cylinder turbo with 8-speed transmission, 2.5L in-line 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated with Lexus Hybrid Drive, 3.5-litre V-6-cylinder with 6 Super ECT and 8-speed gearbox options and a 3.5-litre V-6-cylinder with Lexus Hybrid Drive. 

The line up ranges from JPY 7,100,000 to JPY 9,000,000 (including 10% consumption tax).