Lexus presents the new Lexus IS model that will be launched in Europe in June 2013. It will be available in two engines: 2.5 hybrids of new generation and 2.5 V6 gasolines.
The new IS follows the L Finesse design lines introduced with the launch of GS and LS. Introduces a new evolution of the front grille. It has a more powerful presence and a strong brand identity. The front design incorporates as a novelty, the design of the headlights and daytime running lights located independently.
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In profile, an ascending line flows from the lower part of the body to the rear lights, adding elegance and additional dynamism.
The rear has its own personality, with revolutionary design lenses, identified with the Lexus L. A rear diffuser that improves aerodynamics. In the hybrid version the escapes remain hidden. lexus IS300h steering wheel The new IS grows in length 80 mm compared to the current version, 5 mm in height, and 10 mm in width. The battle increases 70 mm.
Simple and elegant design, the interior is designed so that the driver is in an ergonomic environment. The new design of the driver’s seat offers greater comfort and greater lateral support. The driving position has been lowered for a more dynamic driving.
The excellence in materials and the final refinement is complemented by the latest advances in HMI technology (human-oriented technology). A high quality LED analog clock. The central console incorporates as a novelty in Lexus, electrostatic switches for the control of the temperature of the air conditioner. With the operation very similar to that of a “Tablet”.
The new IS has greater wheelbase and is wider. It is providing great comfort in the rear seats and greater capacity of the trunk. In the space for the knees in the rear area has increased by 85mm the space for the knees.
The new IS, and in particular the hybrid model IS 300h, offers an excellent capacity of trunk (450l). Thanks to the optimization of the size of the battery. In addition, its installation under the trunk allows the rear seats to be foldable (60:40), improving the utility of the vehicle.
In the development of the new IS, all dynamic aspects have been carefully designed and tested. The rigidity of the chassis has been increased through new welding and the use of aerospace technology in the joining processes. The suspension has been redesigned, offering an increase in rigidity.
At the rear, a new multi-arm system similar to that of the latest generation GS has been adopted. The address has also been modified to create a lower weight system, smooth assistance, but with a more precise address response.
The new IS has four driving modes: ECO, NORMAL, SPORT. So that the driver selects the combination of fuel consumption, comfort and performance at all times.
Both gasoline and hybrid models have paddles on the steering wheel, for greater control of driving.
The F SPORT design is available in both petrol and hybrid versions, has specific design features. But It also equipped with authentic dynamic improvements such as suspension. From the exterior point of view, highlights the front grille with an exclusive meshing, and a new front bumper.
Inside, the F Sport models feature an innovative LFA inspired frame exclusively.This sliding ring to access the menus.
The Lexus IS 300h will be the main model in the IS range in America, rear-wheel drive with a maximum power of 220CV. An unbeatable average mixed consumption of 4.3 liters / 100km, and CO2 emissions of less than 100g (data pending from definitive homologation).
It combines a powerful electric motor of new development. It has 2.5 liters and four cylinders of gasoline cycle Atkinson with a new system of injection of fuel D-4S and intelligent system of opening of valves Dual VVT-i.
The hybrid transaxle has been developed specifically for the 2.5L front engine with rear-wheel drive, with a compact design. A two-speed reduction system similar to that of the GS 450h (for maximum acceleration at low speed, high performance at high speed) allows linear acceleration, and performance of a high performance saloon.
The new IS will also be available in the IS 250 version with rear-wheel drive and 2.5-liter V6 petrol engine.
The most advanced technology will be available in the new IS. Some of the new systems that the IS will have will be:
– Pop Up Hood: The latest pedestrian protection technology. In the event of a frontal impact, the hood will be activated to absorb the impact force of the pedestrians on the bonnet. This equipment is standard.
–Rear Cross Traffic Alert (according to versions): A system that alerts the driver of the subsequent traffic when driving in reverse.
The new IS will also have (depending on versions) functions already introduced in the GS, such as Intelligent Road Lights (Automatic High Beam), Pre-Collision System (PCS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Track Assistance System in lane, and Dead Angle Detection System (BSM).