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The Lexus GS 300 is an all-new nameplate for the 2018 model year. It replaces the GS 200t as the entry-level model in the GS lineup, which also includes the GS 350, GS 450h and GS F.

In terms of design, no major changes are coming to the car's exterior or interior. Like most Lexus models, the GS carries a signature spindle grille outlined in satin chrome. For 2018, the most notable change is the addition of a new 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheel option. As before, the F Sport Package offers a more aggressive look with its unique available Rioja Red interior.

The cabin features comfortable 10-way adjustable seats, a vibrant 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with standard navigation, the brand's Remote Touch Interface and a 12-speaker audio system with surround sound. Like the GS 200t, NuLuxe seats come standard with no option to upgrade to leather.

Like the GS 200t, the vehicle will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 241 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque. As before, the car will only be offered as a rear-wheel drive model. Those requiring four-wheel traction will need to upgrade to the more expensive GS 350.

Lexus GS 350

In terms of safety, the GS 300 will be no different from other Lexus models with the automaker's Safety System+ available as standard equipment at no extra charge. The system includes a number of driver assistance features like a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and more.

Stay tuned for a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2018 Lexus GS 300 is expected to go on sale this fall.

Official pricing will start at $47,305 including destination, the same price as the outgoing GS 200t. The F Sport has been priced from $51,895, a notable decrease from the previous year's MSRP of $54,975.

For reference, the more powerful GS 350 has been priced from $51,690, which equates to a premium of $4,385 over the GS 300.

In terms of deals, the GS has historically ranked well when it comes to leasing due to favorable discounts. The brand has been expanding its use of cashback incentives over the past year, however, so shoppers should expect to see outstanding deals on the outgoing GS 200t before it's gone for good.

Please note that dealers have tended not to stock the GS in nearly the same numbers as the automaker's more popular crossovers. We consider it unlikely that this will change anytime soon due to shifting customer tastes.

Learn about the current GS 200t on sale now »

Pictured: 2018 GS 350

Lexus GS 350

Lexus GS 350

Lexus GS 350

Lexus GS 350

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