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Home » Green Car News » Lexus Green Cars

New Lexus IS to feature 217bhp full hybrid

15 January 2013

"New Lexus IS to feature 217bhp full hybrid "

Lexus today revealed its all-new IS range, which will be launched in the UK this summer. The line-up includes the first full-hybrid IS, the Lexus 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 is inspired by Lexus’s LF-CC concept car and displays its own interpretation of the spindle front grille arrangement that has become a hallmark of all new Lexus models. Overall the impression is of power, elegance and a stronger brand identity.

Viewed in profile, the new IS shows the mass of the cabin concentrated towards the rear, with a rising line flowing from the lower body into the rear lamp clusters, adding further elegance and dynamism.

The cabin design is clean and elegant, with an ergonomically ideal environment for the driver.

The new-design driver’s seat is more comfortable and provides better lateral support. The seat hip point and the angle of the new steering wheel – inspired by the LFA – are both lower, and the steering wheel’s reach adjustment has been increased, giving a more sporting driving position.

The refinement of the cabin materials, trims and finishes is complimented by advances in HMI technology and the introduction of a high-quality analogue clock. The centre console controls feature a Lexus first: electrostatic switches that need just a finger touch to adjust the air conditioning temperature.

F Sport

The IS F Sport models not only display more sporting design features inside and out, they also benefit from genuine dynamic enhancements, notably specially tuned front and rear suspension systems.

The F Sport versions can be instantly recognised thanks to their special grille and front bumper design: there are more prominent chrome trim elements and a different mesh pattern is used for the grille. The “waistline” of the spindle-shaped grille is set higher than on the standard models, creating a larger lower grille that can draw in the greater volume of cooling air needed for sportier driving.

The IS F Sport also has an exclusive seat design that provides extra support. The seats are made using an integrated foaming method that ensures there are no gaps between the upholstery and the filling, giving both excellent comfort and great lateral holding.

The front and rear suspension and the electric power steering are tuned to enhance the F Sport models’ handling, without compromising ride quality.


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 COemissions and average fuel consumption of more than 65mpg.

Lexus IS equipment and technical specifications and other information specific to the UK market models will be announced at a later date.

Outline technical specifications

  IS 250 IS 300h
Engine code 4GR-FSE 2AR-FSE
Cylinders/arrangement V6 4 in-line
Max. power (bhp/kW @ rpm) 204/152 @ 6,400 217/162
Max. torque (Nm @ rpm) 250 @4,800 n/a
Transmission 6AT E-CVT
Driven wheels Rear Rear

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