New Lexus IS Makes European Debut in Petrol and Hybrid Guises [w/Video]


The third generation of Lexus’ IS compact luxury sedan, which was unveiled in the 2013 NAIAS two months ago, made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show prior to going on sale this summer.

In Europe, Toyota’s luxury division will offer its BMW 3-Series fighter in two versions. The IS 250 is powered by a direct injection 2.5-liter gasoline V6 with 204HP and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque that is mated to a six-speed “Super ECT” automatic transmission. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).

The IS 300h is the first model in the IS series to feature a hybrid propulsion system. Its second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive comprises a new, 2.5-liter gasoline V6 with direct injection that operates on the more fuel-efficient Atkinson cycle and produces 178HP and a 141HP electric motor.

Its maximum combined output is 220HP, with all those horses directed to the rear wheels via the E-CVT transmission. The IS 300h completes the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 8.3 seconds and has a 200 km/h (125 mph) top speed.

At the same time, it achieves class-leading CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km and an average fuel consumption of 4.2 lt/100 km (67.5 mph UK, 56.3 mpg US).

You can scroll down to view the image gallery and two videos of the brand-new IS.

By Andrew Tsaousis





Anonymous said... »March 06, 2013

Why is the reversing light on the left side led and right not?

röhröh said... »March 06, 2013

they ran out of LEDs

Anonymous said... »March 06, 2013

Are you from US? There is fog light instead one reversing light.

AstonMartin said... »March 06, 2013

Lexus should bring the Lexus IS hybrid to the US with no delay - sadly they plan to deny us the ability to purchase it unless enough people make enough noise about it.

nehcydna said... »March 06, 2013

Left side: Reversing light
Right side: Rear fog light...

T2X said... »March 07, 2013

OMG... 8.3s to reach the 100km/h and top speed only 200km/h? 220hp Combinated Power and so very slow? My Sonata NF with the 3.3l V6 and 232HP and over 1707Kg need only 7s from 0-62mph (or 0-100km/h). Very bad... Infinity are better in this disciplin.

Anonymous said... »March 07, 2013


Josh said... »March 08, 2013

I'm starting to think Infiniti is a bad brand name. Everyone spells it wrong.

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