Lexus IS – a sedan with sports car appearance
2013 Car show in Geneve - Lexus IS – a sedan with sports car appearance
The main novelties of the Lexus are IS Sedan two versions of the new generation all-wheel drive IS 300h and rear-wheel drive IS 250. Sales will start in Europe is scheduled for the middle of the current year.
Full hybrid propulsion system in the IS 300h consists of a 143-HP electric motor and a gasoline engine of 2.5 liters. With a combined capacity of 223 horsepower IS 300h accelerates from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 8.3 seconds. Claimed fuel consumption in the combined cycle is less than 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers.
As for the IS 250, the car with a 2.5-liter gasoline V6 engine 207 horsepower on the dynamics of the hybrid version is superior – it is faster by 0.2 seconds, and top speed is 225 kilometers per hour.
But trump novelty – of course, the design. As with all new Lexus IS model crowned massive hexagonal grille. A new form of the front optics emphasizes L-shaped LED daytime running lights. The profile has the most remarkable stroke is a stamping falling down from the rear light to the front door which reflects the rear edge of window line. F Sport versions, which, incidentally, are available for the two versions differ in a front bumper and a grille with a wider lower part, which should provide better cooling for sporty driving.
“In developing the new IS, we used a completely different approach – chief engineer Junichi Furuyama. - We do not just develop each component separately in the hope that put together; they will provide an exciting driving experience. Central to our development is the desire to bring the owners of the pleasure of communicating with the car. All the individual functional components we created, already starting from this condition.”
The new generation of the sedan has received an increased wheelbase and front seats with thinner backs, and so the rear passengers and luggage was spacious. The driver’s seat features improved lateral support, to the same landing and the steering wheel is now lower – in sports.
The new Lexus IS is very similar to other Japanese brand car – the concept LF-LC, which was also shown in Geneva. The manufacturer approached a model for mass production, once again demonstrating it at a major motor show. Recall the concept debuted in Paris last September. Then the audience’s reaction to the rapid stylish coupe with a new, brightly prescribed branded grille and futuristic interior made the Japanese think of the future model.
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