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For the 2006 model year Lexus has decided to revamp the aging look of the GS and give it a more modern look. From a new set of headlamps to its new wheels the new GS is ready for anything its competitors can throw at it. Up front Lexus has changed the look to give this new GS model a more aggressive appeal to its consumers. Two thin front air ducts make the front bumper look more aggressive with its edgy styling and its sinister looking fog lamps. In the centre of the bumper stands the main front air duct that has been designed well but not that much that it creates a significant look to the front.
Off to the edge of the front grille sits the aggressively styled headlamps. These new headlamps are a welcome change compared to the Mercedes like ones of the past GS model. Still featuring a dual lamp setup the lights really make a change with their sharply edged design. Sitting centre on the front end is the grille that seems to be borrowed from the Toyota Camry, but does look just as good sitting on the front of the GS. From the inside line of the main headlamp you can follow a nicely designed notch which follows all the way to the rear of the car. The best new design on the GS is the wheels, which feature a great 5-point look that just screams sport sedan. Along the bottom of the doors Lexus has added a scratch guard, which is a good feature to have but it, does take away some of the allure of the cars design.
The side windows seem to flow perfectly with the car giving it that edged towards the rear appeal. On the rear of the car are the very nicely designed taillights that really suit the GS model. The only downfall to the great design of the rear lights is that the rear of the car is designed to be a hatchback and the lights were not designed to follow a hatched back. The best design of the rear lights are the dual lens look that adds that feeling that you’re being stared at, even from the back. A nice sweeping curve has added a nice closed in effect around the tail pipes, giving them a much-needed separated look. The only downfall to the rear is hatch back look that Lexus has added in. The hatch is a nice touch but does take away from the sweeping look of the rear making it seem that the passenger compartment is completely separate from the body of the car. In the eyes of the sport sedan market the new GS is certainly going to be welcome change from the ailing design of the GS we have today.