The Lexus IS 300h promises to provide customers with cost of ownership advantages that could not be matched by other 2.0-litre diesel premium saloon models. This is all thanks to the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, which offers a good mix of low maintenance, low running costs as well as tax benefits and incentives.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain offers exceptional fuel economy and low emissions. A Lexus IS 300h SE model boasts of being able to travel 65.7 miles per gallon of fuel while just emitting 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled. Lexus engineered the IS 300h’s hybrid system for durability and low maintenance requirements.
The premium saloon has no clutch while its starter motor and alternator are integrated into the system, thus there is no need for servicing or replacement during its lifetime. The Lexus IS 300h also uses a maintenance-free timing chain, instead of a timing belt. This modification means that a customer could incur lower servicing bills as well as savings on replacement parts.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain also reduces the wearing down of brakes and tires. The system’s regenerative braking delivers the initial braking force, thereby reducing wear on pads and discs. Since Lexus hybrids run with 20-percent higher tire pressure, shoulder wear is also reduced. The smooth linear power delivery as well as the vehicle’s balanced weight distribution also means reduced wear on the front tire treads.
Compared to competing 2.0-litre diesel automatic models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the Lexus IS 300h could offer savings on service, maintenance and repair costs of up to £443 over three years.
Since the Lexus IS 300h SE emits below 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled, it will benefit from a number of personal and business tax advantages, including a zero annual road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) charge. Lexus will roll out the new IS range in the United Kingdom in July. The SE version will have a starting price of £29,495.