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GS series II: Facelift changes - 2001 model


November 2000 saw the launch of the 2001 GS. Whilst still a series II there were a number of changes throughout the vehicle.

Model line-up

GS300 sport no longer available, S and SE remain

GS430 becomes available in SE trim

Exterior

New rear light cluster design

New front light design

New front grill

New exhaust tip design

Interior

Chrome trim around gear shifter

New dashboard dial trim

New steering wheel design with larger chrome L badge

Colour of centre air vent and instrument trim revised

Front ashtray is now in wood rather than grey plastic

Different stereo, although seems the same quality as the older one

Sat Nav option upgraded to DVD based system with widescreen LCD display

Increased sound insulation

Engine

Improvements to economy and reduced emissions

Iridium spark plugs

Engine cover now fitted

Transmission

GS300 now comes with E-SHIFT, push button steering wheel mounted gear selection

Safety

Brake assist

Electronic Brake force Distribution

Curtain airbags

Double locking doors

Seat belt pre-tensioners

ISO-FIX child seat fixings in the rear seat

Brakes

Larger brake master cylinder

Suspension

Improved shock absorbers

Uprated anti-roll bar

Revised suspension bushings

Servicing

Service interval is increased to 10,000 miles from 9,000 miles. Cam belt change interval increased to 100,000 miles from 63,000 miles


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