Is This The Next Lexus GS? [Update: More Like The Next Toyota Crown]

We’d like to believe that these are the first spy shots of the Lexus GS successor, caught during some benchmark tests at the Nurburgring.

The size of the prototype certainly fits the bill, as well as the fact that Lexus brought a Mercedes E-Class to benchmark against it.

There are a lot of rumors suggesting that Lexus has decided to axe the GS from its line-up, with the current model being the last of the GS family. Another report suggests that the Japanese premium car maker has decided to replace the GS with a new ES model.

Part of the reasoning behind this is financial, with the ES being based off Camry’s cheaper front-wheel drive platform, which is Toyota’s much advertised global TNGA, and the current GS riding on a more expensive rear-driven architecture.

Lexus could also decide to give the model a completely new nameplate but at this point we have more questions than answers. Despite the camouflage, we can already see that the design of the new Lexus will be more grounded, featuring a smaller grille that the one featured in the current model.

The only thing we can be certain about is that the prototype is a hybrid, thanks that yellow round sticker on the rear window, which is mandatory for all hybrid test cars on the Nurburgring due to safety regulations.

[Update: As our readers pointed out in the comments, and upon closer inspection, this does not seem to be the replacement for the Lexus GS but rather Toyota’s mid-size JDM Crown. Despite the model not being available in Europe, the company may have brought it to Germany for further development by its European arm.]

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • Just another Supra fan

    But does it come with an actual infotainment system?

  • Bash

    So, in this case, isn’t this the new generation ES?!!

    • Rocket

      The proportions are RWD. Unless the ES is switching to an FR configuration, this is not an ES.

  • gor134

    Getting Toyota Crown vibes from the front….

    • RDS Alphard

      It should be a Crown, although it’s hard to explain why it’s testing in Europe though,

    • P Gonzalez

      yeah… definitely NOT a GS… or anything Lexus for that matter.

      • Mynameis Taylor

        I agree

    • Able

      Agreed. There’s no spindle grille either.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Praise the maker if they’ve indeed dumped that grille!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Sorry but, that is a prototype for the Toyota Crown.

  • Kash

    Lexus would be smart to move the GS over to the 4 door coupe market, it sells like one, and make the ES a better midsize competitor.

    • Lasse J. Nordvik

      Excellent point!

      • Kash

        thank you.

  • atl123

    This reminds me more of a Toyota Crown than Lexus GS, I’d expect the new GS to look similar to the new LS

  • FB


    • Eythan Aldrich

      avalon? more like a crown since avalon is fwd

  • Miknik

    IO actually think that’s more a future Toyota Crown or alike, there is very little Lexus in the details…

    • Bash

      True, I don’t see the famous grille for example!

    • JJ

      Agree, it’s has Crown’s front grill and side profile

      • Six Thousand Times

        You even saw Bash use the correct word and you still screwed it up. How?

    • gareth1989

      It could, might explain why its also a right hand drive model (crown being JDM), though why would it be testing in Germany ?

      • RDS Alphard

        Maybe handling test? Since rumour from Japanese magazine said Toyota are going to made a GRMN version.

      • Miknik

        A lot of non European cars are tested at the Nürburg ring (and the pics look like it is the region around the RIng), from China only, US only to JDM cars…

    • Matthijs


    • RDS Alphard

      I agree, a crown.

  • RDS Alphard

    I think it’s a Toyota Crown, check this render from Japanese magazine… although it’s hard to explain WHY a JDM-only car would be testing in Europe though, unless Toyota want to change where Crown being sold?

  • Harry_Wild

    Toyota Crown?

  • FoxJ30

    It sells like crap because it’s ancient and ugly. Fix those two things and you’ll do better. Honestly, it’s weird that the E-class and the 5-series look light and sleek, the A6 looks sleek but muscular, and the GS, Q70, and RLX all look kind of… bulbous.

    But honestly – I feel like I see old 1998-2004 era GSes around than I do any of the subsequent models. Sure, it wasn’t pretty either (I feel that the 1st and 3rd generations look best), but it was supposedly a decent performer back in the day, and it probably wasn’t priced/targeted directly at the Germans, either.

    • Steven Sposato

      My father had a 98 GS400. It was gorgeous in my opinion. After that refresh, things started getting weird though.

  • annon

    no it’s not

  • john1168

    hhmmm… That’s either really good camo or Lexus is changing their grille designs…

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Or…It’s a Toyota Crown.

      • john1168

        I agree. I believe it’s the Crown too. Does the Crown and the GS share platforms?

        • Tumbi Mtika


  • Tumbi Mtika

    “Is This The Next Lexus GS? Probably Yes”


    “Is This The Next Toyota Crown? Probably Yes”

  • Zandit75

    There’s no spindle grille under that camo, but there is a Crown grille under there.

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