Hybrid IS joins summer launch
Posted on: 23rd Jan 2013
Lexus has unveiled revealed its all-new IS range, which will be launched in the UK this summer.
The line-up, unveiled at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit, includes the first full-hybrid IS, the IS 300h, together with the petrol-powered IS 250.
Both versions feature rear-wheel drive and will be available with a further evolution of Lexus's F Sport package.
Acknowledging that driving performance is the prime consideration for sports saloon customers, Lexus has engineered the new IS to deliver "outstanding dynamic performance and driver engagement."
It also adopts more powerful, distinctive styling inside and out, led by a dramatic interpretation of Lexus's hallmark spindle-shaped front grille arrangement.
The new IS benefits from a dozen Lexus-first features and technical innovations. It also showcases an all-new interior that combines authentic Lexus "equality and refinement with a more sporting and focused environment for the driver?."
There is also best-in-class space for rear seat passengers and a larger, more user-friendly boot, says Lexus.
The new IS's increased width (+10mm) and longer wheelbase (+70mm) allow for significantly more comfort for rear seat passengers and greater luggage capacity, too.
The new IS's development programme targeted a class-leading driving experience, with every aspect of the car's dynamics engineered to achieve this goal, according to Lexus.
The painstaking approach included new laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques, which, together with additional spot welding, have increased the car's overall body rigidity.
In the UK the IS 250 will be powered by a 204bhp/152kW V6 petrol engine, driving the rear wheels.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system in the full hybrid IS 300h combines a powerful electric motor and a newly developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, equipped with D-4S fuel injection, Dual VVT-i intelligent variable valve timing and a high-efficiency Exhaust Gas Recirculation system.
Total system output is 217bhp/162kW, but Lexus's target is to achieve class-leading, sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and average fuel consumption of more than 65mpg.