It has been 27 years since the Lexus GS first rolled out of the production line. But after four generations, the GS is going to be saying goodbye.
Lexus has just announced that they will be launching a special edition GS, and that it will be the final version before the long-selling midsize sedan bids farewell. As to when, it seems the last GS units will roll off the assembly line in August 2020.
Lexus didn't give any reasons why they're discontinuing their 5-Series/E-Class competitor, but we can surmise that the worldwide popularity of crossovers played a major role. Many automakers are seeing declining sales in midsize saloons, and not just amongst luxury marques.
And that brings us to this: the swansong of the Lexus GS.
Lexus is calling it the GS Eternal Touring edition, and it will be available on the GS 450h, 350, 300h, and 300 F Sport. Depending on the variant that a buyer chooses, particularly for the 450h and 350 2WD, their GS will bear a lot of the trim found standard in the “F” variant. The F Sport is targeted towards those who would like to drive their Lexus more spiritedly thus it’s equipped with accompanying aesthetics to make it known that what they see bears the F badge.
Among the F Sport pieces that will be made standard on the two top-tier variants, the list includes the F Sport wing, and the signature orange F Sport brake calipers. Along with the wing, a black color scheme will be featured on the spindle grill, and the side mirrors as well.
The black color scheme being mentioned, the F Sport aluminum wheels will also be getting the same treatment. It is also worth noting that the GS 350 AWD will be getting 235/40 R19 wheels on all four corners, as compared to the 235/40 R19 + 265/35 R19 set that the rest of the line will be getting.
While the aforementioned parts round-up (most of) the exterior, the interior also gets the F Sport treatment, with Alcantara as the primary material of choice. The gauge cluster’s hood and upper panel, plus the center console and the door sidings are wrapped in the said material.
The steering wheel and shift knob are wrapped in leather, but it will also bear the same red stitching seen on the F Sport, and the Alcantara pieces in the limited GS. The seats are likewise upholstered in genuine leather and have the same contrast stitching, with some carbon ornament pieces find their way into the cabin.
We did mention that the USA will be getting its own limited edition. Indeed, it will, and it will be named the Black Line instead. It will have the same specifications as those of the JDM Eternal Touring units, but it has its own unique selling point: a special two-piece luggage set from Zero Halliburton. The set includes a 22” Continental Carry-On and a 26” Medium Travel Case, both finished in black. The only way to distinguish that these are part of the purchase of a limited Black Line unit are its chrome badges, a unique interior lining with the Lexus Spindle Grille Art, and interior compression panels with an embossed Lexus logo.
All good things come to an end, and we’re pretty sure that a lot of people, Lexus fans in particular, will be sad to see the GS ride into the sunset. It was a grand time for the Lexus Grand Sedan, though, that much is certain.