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2020 Lexus GS goes dark with special edition model

Lexus is producing a limited number of the special edition GS sedans for the 2020 model year.

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The darkness may be rising on the Lexus GS in more ways than one. Today, the luxury automaker debuted the 2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition, a model that gives a variant of the traditional Toyota Nightshade treatment to the beefy premium midsize sedan.

The model's changes are all aesthetic. Building off the GS 350 F Sport model, the car features Gloss Black F Sport wheels and grille inserts, and a specialized black spoiler. The model is available with a Ultra White or Caviar paint job.

2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition

2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition back rear spoiler wheels

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Lexus's special edition is available in rear- or all-wheel drive and is powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that's in the traditional GS F Sport and yields 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive models get orange brake calipers.

Inside there are red accents on the door panels, steering wheel, and center console. There are black leather contoured seats with Rioja Red accents. Carbon fiber ornamentation highlights the dashboard, seats, and center console. Alcantara has been added to the instrument panel, console, and armrest.

Lexus will produce a limited run of 200 GS 250 F Sport Black Line Special Edition models starting this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date and is expected to start in excess of $53,000.

It has been rumored that the Lexus GS will cease production in the near future, at least as we know it. The current GS generation roared to life in 2015 as a throwback to the days of the performance family car, a spot comfortably occupied by the Pontiac Grand Am for a number of decades. The 2019 Buick Regal GS, a short-lived model in the U.S., filled a similar space but was noticeably less premium than the GS.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Refreshed luxury crossover

2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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