Leuxs IS 300h will debut in Europe at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 5, 2013

The new Lexus IS 300h full hybrid will debut in Europe next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model was first seen at the recently held Detroit Motor Show. It is equipped with a petrol-electric hybrid system and is due to go on sale in the UK in the summer. Lexus is expected to boost the sportier driving dynamics of the IS 300h, which will be available with a performance-orientated F Sport package.

A review of the rear-drive Lexus IS 300h in pre-production form was already submitted by Autocar. Powering the IS 300h is a combination of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder and electric motor h. The Japanese market Toyota Crown uses this hybrid system, which delivers 163lb ft and 175bhp on this car. The motor is capable of producing 141bhp and 221lb ft. When combined, this system makes 217bhp.

For this vehicle, Lexus is targeting a fuel consumption of over 65mpg. The 300h is rear-wheel drive and features a CVT. The front double wishbone suspension is a modified version of the system that the last IS used. Meanwhile, the rear is a multi-link system borrowed from the Lexus GS. In addition, the IS uses the GS’s Drive Mode Select software. The F Sport models have been styled differently and have a new grille and bumper to make a distinction from the standard IS.

The suspension and steering have been retuned and F Sports is offered with optional Adaptive Variable Suspension. The Drive Mode system gets a fourth setting as well. Compared to the outgoing model, this new car is a bit taller, longer, and wider. It comes with a 70mm longer wheelbase. Lexus said that the IS offers bigger room for rear passengers and class-leading rear knee room while boot size has been expanded to 480 litres. The hybrid won’t anymore have the boot space of 30 litres.

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