Just two days before its official unveiling, the 2013 Lexus GS has been spotted without camouflage by Chinese spy photographers — let’s start with the front:
Due to the brightened teaser image we saw last week, there’s not too much in the front we haven’t seen, though we now get a clear look at the foglights and the upper grille’s chrome surround.
The side profile is almost identical to the LF-Gh concept, with only the door handles & side mirrors showing any difference at all. More than anything, I see the profile as a minor muscular evolution of the current LS — too bad the Starfire Pearl paint hides much of the design lines.
This is also our first look at the base-trim wheel design (at least in China) — this GS is also shows Lexus’ typical AWD stance, which is to say the wheel gap leaves something to be desired.
Where the rear of the LF-Gh concept mirrored the design lines of the front-end grille, there’s no trace of that in the production GS — in fact, the rear may be where Lexus deviated from the concept the most. Still, I’m loving the integrated exhausts and diffuser, and even with these low-res photos, the taillights look fantastic.
Trying to get a good idea of the GS from these photos is quite difficult — there’s a fish-eye look that distorts the lines of the car, and as mentioned, the Starfire Pearl makes it hard to decipher any sheet metal details, but there’s certainly enough here to carry discussion until the car’s official debut on Thursday.