With a slight sadness we say goodbye to the Lexus GS 450h sedan

With a slight sadness we say goodbye to the Lexus GS 450h sedan

Robert Yessenov, 9 hours ago. Photos Of Drive

Like other Lexuses, to serve sedan GS 450h will have every 10,000 km or once a year. The first and third THEN the dealer will cost 21 771 ruble each, and the second in 24 531.

P restyles. Lexus GS 450h Cathal us all winter. During this period we passed 6270 km, bringing the total mileage of the sedan to 8500 km «green» purpose nearly two-ton Lexus rather justified: at sunset test the two-section recorded a fuel consumption of 9.6 l per 100 km at an average speed of 24 km/h On petrol version spent about 21 thousand rubles. But not just dry statistics, we took the car. First of all, we wondered how Lexus hybrid living in cold Russia.

Vehicle warranty — three years or 100,000 km, but on the HV battery, hybrid control modules installation and the inverter with Converter to five years or 100,000 km.

Start the machine is always fast, even if several days in a row stood outside in the bitter frost. Frozen door seals, frozen to the tailgate or side mirrors? There was not such! Start the motor after spending the night, leaving the yard, breaking in slow traffic and after a couple of minutes into the cabin enters the warm air, and the heated steering, front and rear seats becomes noticeable. Another five minutes later to operating temperature warms up unit 3.5 V6.

Some owners complain of weak noise insulation wheel arches, which, according to them, unworthy of the car business class. Claims to the dynamics and smoothness I have not heard.

In winter, 345-horsepower hybrid drive just. The traction control at intensive dispersal is not hysteria, and effectively implements cravings petrol «six» and the motor. Stabilization system enables cutting of fuel supply to fill a sedan in a turn, however, with the development of drift quickly, but gently guides GS 450h on the right path. Not baptizing hybrid and intensive slowdown in the mixed doubles. But no matter how good RWD GS, AWD he would not stop. Too much dope.

Materials are good, but even on fresh machines often creaks rear roller blind and door panels rattle when turned up very loud music.

Central display with a diagonal of 12.3 inches is one of the biggest serial in the world. To compete with him, except that the monitor of the sedan Mercedes S-class. The size of the parity, but if the German display the level of graphics is PlayStation, the Japanese — Dendy.

What I would like to work on? For example — the steering wheel. If it is combined with trim, heated not around the rim, but only where the leather inserts. Rubber seals along the bottom edge of the doors do not insulate wide sills from dirt: soil when planting your pants are common. The aerodynamics of the sedan is that in the slush body get dirty in the blink of an eye. Reagent slurry covers the sides up to the Windows, envelops the exterior mirrors and front Windows. About eye rear view camera and say nothing — never going to do a couple of miles away.

Owners of «g-Asov» often change under warranty thundering brake calipers and often — tattered upholstery of chairs from a too delicate skin. The neck of the tank «nezamerzayki» — large and is in a convenient location. Headlight washers can be disabled by a separate button.

I talked with hybrid owners «g-Azov». They also like that the car is not asking a lot of money on fuel and quickly warms in the cold. But the claims are the same, including freezing washer nozzles headlight on our car once stood in the protruding position. More unpleasant surprises our Lexus is not presented, although not everyone who bought Japanese business sedan, all rosy. For relatively small runs dealers change under warranty brake pads, shock absorbers, wheel bearings, speakers in the doors. Not a single case of rattling of the front seats, and replace the leather upholstery of chairs and pack paintwork.

The manufacturer claims that the GS 450h electricity can go at speeds up to 45 km/h and can travel up to 2.5 km path. In the winter of our Lexus in EV mode accelerated to the promised speeds, but more than 600 meters to overpower and failed.

Complaints about the hybrid setup on specialized forums I saw. First, the few people who chose the GS 450h second generation runs modest so far. And secondly, the Japanese hybrids already eaten a dog. At least the owners entelechies «g-Asov» last generation facing problems only with solid runs closer to 130-150 thousand km And the trouble is almost all one — low battery life because of the «dead» cells. Authorized dealers offer to change the whole battery pack, consisting of 40 cells entirely. Before the collapse of the ruble — about 300 thousand. But still the hybrid GS 450h and the new cells can be changed individually (1000-3000 rubles apiece), the more that is not quite suitable priazovskie.

The most efficient hybrid in city driving with frequent starts and stops. But on the highway at a speed of 100 km/h fuel consumption does not exceed 6.4 l per 100 km.

And all around, the Lexus GS 450h is expensive. In January for the base hybrid asked 3 401 000 rubles, now — 3 792 000. As for our test, rose by 390 thousand and stands 4 298 000. The GS sedans are less interesting to thieves, as the model LX and RX, but the insurance is still Golden: for example, if you idle, and the age and driving record up to 30 and 10 years, the price of the policy — 220-520 thousand rubles. Pictures at the official dealers of this background are not afraid: the first three visits will cost 68 073 ruble, only four thousand more than in the case of non-hybrid Lexus GS 350 AWD. That’s only when the warranty is over, do not bring God to contact you in an official service for replacement of the battery. This is a minimum of 500 thousand rubles.

Passport data

Lexus GS 450h
The body
Body type sedan
Number of doors/seats 4/5
Length, mm 4850
Width, mm 1840
Height, mm 1470
Wheelbase, mm 2850
Track front/rear, mm 1580/1595
Curb weight, kg 1900-1985
Full weight, kg 2325
Trunk volume, l 465
The engine
Type petrol
Location front, longitudinally
The number and arrangement of cylinders 6, the V-shaped
The number of valves 24
Working volume, cm3 3456
Max. power, HP/rpm 292/6000
Max. torque, N•m/rpm 352/4500
The electric motor
Type Synchronous AC permanent magnet
Max. voltage, V no data
Max. power, HP/kW 200/147
Max. torque, N•m 275
Total max. power plant output, HP 345
Transmission
Gearbox two-stage gear motor
Drive rear
Suspension
Front suspension independent, spring, double-wishbone
Rear suspension independent, spring, multi-link
The front brakes ventilated disc
The rear brakes ventilated disc
Tires 235/45 R18
Ground clearance, mm 141
Performance characteristics
Maximum speed, km/h 250
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h, 5,9
Fuel consumption, l/100 km
— urban 6,7
— extra-urban cycle 5,5
— combined 6,7
Emissions standard Euro 6
Fuel tank capacity, l 66
Fuel AI-95

Package contents

Basic equipment Lexus GS 450h
Front airbags
Front and rear side airbags
Inflatable «curtains»
Mount a child seat Isofix
Knee airbag driver
Knee airbag passenger
The dynamic stabilization system
Fog lights
Bi-xenon headlights
Rain sensor
Light sensor
Parking sensors front and rear
The onboard computer
Cruise control
Dual-zone climate control
System access to the interior without a key
Multifunction steering wheel
Adjustable steering column tilt and telescopic
Electrochromic exterior rearview mirrors with heated and electric
Automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror
Steering column electrically adjustable for tilt and reach
Electrically adjustable front seats eight-way
Memory settings driver seat
Ventilated front seats
Heated front seats
Audio system with MP3 support
Navigation system
Integrated Bluetooth hands free system
Rear view camera
Immobilizer
The leather interior trim
Adaptive dampers
Alloy wheels
The color «metallic»
The price of the basic set, rubles
Additional features of the test car
Performance Luxury
Led headlamps
Adaptive headlights
Heated rear seats
Electrically adjustable front seats in 14 directions
Memory settings passenger seat
Multifunction steering wheel with leather cover and wooden inserts
Heated steering wheel
Luke
Led fog lights
Servo tailgate
The Mark Levinson audio system with 17 speakers
Color projection display
Three-zone climate control
Trim improved skin
Trim natural wood
Rear armrest with controls climate control and audio system
The position control front passenger seat rear passenger right seat
Sun «blinds» on rear and side Windows
System monitoring «blind spots» in the side mirrors
Help system when going from reverse Parking (RCTA)
The price of the basic set, rubles 3 792 000
The price of the tested car, rubles 4 298 000

Technique

Lexus GS fourth generation is built on an optimized platform predecessor. A greater number of welding points of doorways, the floor in the area of the rear suspension and rear partition is possible to increase the rigidity by 14%. In addition, a portion of the interior walls of the body and the amplifier is made of high-strength steels.

In suspension (double-wishbone front and multilink rear) became more details of forged aluminium. Front structurally has not changed, but the springs and stabilizer bar became harder silent blocks larger, and the angle of longitudinal inclination of the axis of rotation of the wheel (castor) one degree higher. The rear suspension got stronger. Springs and dampers were installed separately, some ball joints bushings replaced, and the malleability of the rubber blocks is reduced. In addition, the GS is equipped with a system for changing the stiffness of the suspension (AVS) with Normal and Sport+, which, in addition to the characteristics of the shock absorbers, affects the performance of electric power steering.

Petrol 3.5 V6 engine (292 HP) on the hybrid Lexus GS 450h runs on the Atkinson cycle (the intake phase ends later than usual, which increases the impact and efficiency, as it increases the difference between the actual compression ratio and expansion ratio during the power stroke). Like the source engine version of the GS 350 AWD, six hybrid has the shifters on the inlet and outlet, a pair of piezo injectors for each cylinder (one injects fuel into the intake manifold, the other to the combustion chamber) and combines the advantages of distributed and direct injection. In the American and European specifications all motors g-ESA» meet the standards of Euro-5, but in Russian — only Euro-4. The Japanese are not satisfied with the quality of our fuel.

Components of the hybrid system improved. Pulling a Nickel metal hydride battery now with two-way cooling system, and its layout made it possible to increase the boot capacity to a record in the class of 465 liters. New motor with low friction in Sport+ mode delivers up to 650 watts. In Eco mode it returns is reduced to 500 watts.

History

The debut of the sedan Lexus GS 450h first generation was held in 2005 at the motor show in new York. The length of the hybrid was equal 4826 mm, distance between axes — 2850. The drag coefficient is worthy of 0.27. The stiffness of the body structure in torsion has increased by almost half compared with the previous g-esom». Under steel outer panels rested brand new «truck» — with dvurechiye front and a compact rear mnogoryichazhka collected on the aluminum subframe. The steering has an electric power instead of hydraulic. Petrol engine V6 3.5 with a combined fuel injection worked together with the electric motor, and the total efficiency reached up to 345 HP and 368 nm. Thrust from the power plant went through a continuously variable transmission to the rear axle. To hundreds sedan weight 1865 kg accelerated for 5.9 seconds with the top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The car conforms to the norms of Euro-4 (emission — 186 g of carbon dioxide per kilometer), and in combined cycle consumed is 7.9 liters of gasoline per 100 km. However, the block Nickel-metal hydride batteries Panasonic has reduced the amount of Luggage up to 280 l (normal version was 430 l). In the list of equipment included radar cruise control, preventive safety system, able to stop the car, electronically controlled shock absorbers, steering with a variable gear ratio, a multimedia center with navigation, Mark Levinson audio system and DVD player with surround sound 5.1 Surround Sound.

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