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