After nearly 30 years, the Lexus GS luxury sedan is ending production.
This week, Lexus announced the new stylish GS Black Line for America. Limited to only 200 examples, the 2020 Lexus GS Black Line features gloss black exterior elements, red accents inside the cabin, and an exclusive luggage set. In Japan, Lexus will launch another special-edition GS called the "Eternal Touring" with similar upgrades to America's Black Line model.
However, Japan's special edition model will act as a swansong for the luxury sedan because Lexus has announced the GS will end production in August 2020 after being on sale for nearly 30 years. According to Lexus Japan, the "Eternal Touring" name symbolizes the automaker's desire to continue its commitment to grand touring. Clearly, the GS won't be part of that plan. We reached out to Lexus US who told us that: "The GS for North America is manufactured in Japan, so it follows the same schedule."
In an official statement, Lexus said: "We are constantly evaluating model mixes throughout our lineup. In the declining sedan segment, GS family has represented a small amount of sales in the last few years. In 2019, the GS represented 4 percent of overall Lexus passenger car sales (3,378 units) and less than 1 percent (0.88%) of sales in the overall mid-size luxury segment. This is down both almost 50 percent (-48.4%) since 2018."
The Lexus GS was introduced back in 1993 in North America and has been a staple of the Japanese automaker's luxury sedan lineup ever since, spanning four generations. In Japan, the Lexus GS launched in 1991 when it was badged as the Toyota Aristo. In 2012, Lexus introduced the current-generation GS, which was the first model to adopt the automaker's signature Spindle grille that adorns its current models.
Sadly, the demise of the Lexus GS was inevitable when you look at the lackluster sales numbers in recent years as demand for executive sedans continues to decline. Last year, Lexus only sold 3,378 units of the GS in the US, while year-on-year global sales of the luxury sedan were down by a whopping 48.8 percent.
In the US, the 2020 Lexus GS is offered with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 producing 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque sent through either an eight-speed or six-speed automatic transmission. The Lexus GS F Sport, on the other hand, packs a 5.0-liter V8 rated at 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque.