In the aesthetics department, the 2016 Lexus GS – pictured above – has some noticeable changes like a dramatically reworked trademark “spindle” grille, front bumper, rocker panels, and new bi-LED headlights. Inside the cabin, these tweaks are met with new premium trim materials like Matte Walnut, and in the F Sport model, “Naguri aluminum.” We don’t even know what that is.
But the biggest story for the reworked 2016 Lexus GS sedan is the introduction of a new, third model: the 200t. Also used in the IS sedan, the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine powering the 200t is good for 241 HP with 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission, sending all that power to the rear wheels.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Lexus GS 450h hybrid sees its powertrain unchanged, while the 3.5-liter V6 powering the GS 350 benefits from a slight power bump, increasing from 306 to 311 HP.
Finally, the 2016 Lexus GS benefits from an expanded version of the “Lexus Enform” system, with a feature called “Service Connect” which can alert you via a mobile app of various maintenance and service issues. Customers also get a free, one-year trial to “Lexus Enform Remote,” which allows control via a mobile app for things like the door locks, start/stop for both the engine and climate control, a “vehicle finder” feature, etc.