Posted Jun 13th 2012 9:30AM
Lexus is looking to expand its hybrid range with the addition of a second gasoline-electric GS model, according to Auto Express. Currently, Lexus offers the GS 450h, powered by a 3.5-litre hybrid V6 that produces a combined 338 horsepower.
The new model, likely to be called GS 300h, will use the smaller 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid powerplant found in the Toyota Camry Hybrid and newly introduced Lexus ES 300h. In the ES, the hybrid system puts out a combined 200 horsepower and is estimated to return a combined 5.9 L/100km (40 miles per gallon).
Of course, the 2.5-litre mill could be tuned differently for use in the modestly sportier, rear-wheel-drive GS. But with the possibility of 5.9 L/100km (40 mpg) on tap, Lexus would surely have a fighter for the upcoming Audi A6 3.0 TDI.