Lexus may introduce a cheaper version of today’s GS Hybrid on the European market, potentially named Lexus GS350h. The European saloons’ market requires engines with a power adequate to the size of the cars but with very low consumption, in order to reduce costs.
As reported by Autocar, the new model will arrive in the second half of 2013 and will use a 2.5-litre V6 engine, sourced from the version with 204 hp, currently fitted on the GS250. Lexus’ main concern is to considerably reduce fuel consumption, while offering excellent performance.
The new GS350h should use a downsized six-cylinder engine, more powerful than its European rivals, cutting down, however, on fuel costs to compete with the German diesel-engined saloons. This move would help Lexus to re-conquer the European market, currently suffering from the credit crunch, which slowed down sales. The Japanese carmaker hopes that by cutting down on prices and fuel consumption, would eventually corner the average diesel-saloon customer.