The Lexus GS, a BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class rivalling rear-drive sedan, is a car we’re quite fond of here at PD, but apparently Toyota is dangling the axe.
Lexus Enthusiast blog reports that Japanese magazine MAG-X has a story from an inside source saying the current generation will not be succeeded after next the model year. A successor was allegedly under development but was canned after potential overlap with other cars and a shift of priorities. The blog says:
“Our scoop department found out that TMC decided to suspend the development of the next generation Lexus GS… But after the close consideration/examination of its image and positioning in the lineup, TMC came to a conclusion that the GS doesn’t/won’t play a desired role in the lineup.”
In Australia, Lexus shifted 24 GS units last month (VFACTS Feb, 2017), which puts it behind Jaguar XF (26), soon-to-be replaced 5 Series (85) and the all-conquering E-Class (193), but still ahead of Infiniti Q70 (5), Maserati Ghibli (15) and Audi A6 (23).