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2013 Lexus IS hybrid to Australian range from Q3

New Editor 16 Jan 2013

The 2013 IS has been unveiled at the Detroit show, sporting sharp a supercar-inspired cabin, greater and a brand new hybrid option.

All variants of the third-generation Lexus IS – the IS350 and the new petrol-electric IS300h – go on sale in Australia from the quarter of this year, eight years after the second-gen model first in 2005.

Lexus says it has a fresh approach in developing the new IS, “every aspect … has been with a renewed focus on performance, agile handling, response to driver input and communicative feedback”.

Lexus IS chief engineer Furuyama said it was his intention to customers in the premium mid-sized segment a vehicle offering an driving experience.

“The approach involves developing individual aspect in the hope they will combine to an engaging driving experience,” said.

“By contrast, development of the new IS this process on its head, establishing the pleasurable driving owners desire, and then the individual performance elements to it.”

The 2013 Lexus IS inherits its new rear suspension and electric steering systems from the Lexus GS sedan. The revised suspension set-up is 20 per cent rigid than before, overall body rigidity has enhanced through the use of new construction

Like the GS, Lexus is offering F versions of each model which, along with aggressive exterior styling and cabins, also score steering and adaptive variable while variable gear steering is available in the IS350.


Lexus Australia expects 30 per of new IS customers to tick the F Sport box, and as many as half of all buyers.

The IS250 and IS350 continue to be powered by 2.5- and V6 petrol engines respectively, the later carrying over the from the previous-generation car.

The is equipped with a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and an motor. The hybrid system is to produce about 162kW, Lexus is targeting combined fuel consumption below 4.3 per 100km and CO 2 emissions of less 100 grams per kilometre.

The IS250 continues with a automatic transmission, while the scores the eight-speed auto the Lexus LS. The IS300h features a variable transmission (CVT).

At the 2013 Lexus IS is 80mm than the previous model, the wheelbase has grown 70mm to Lexus says the full of this growth is evident in the seats, with the new model an extra three inches of space for second-rowers.

The boot has grown more than 20 per to 480 litres (450L for the hybrid, has to accommodate a rear-mounted battery and for the first time the rear can be folded forwards in a 60:40

The IS sedan’s cockpit is inspired by the LFA supercar, with a high-tech TFT in the instrument cluster. The angle of the wheel has been lowered and its adjustment increased, both of team with a newly driver’s seat with lateral support to offer a driver-focused seating position.

the new GS and LS. an analogue clock keeps in the middle of the centre console, the IS scores Lexus-first electrostatic for the climate control system, allows occupants to adjust settings with the touch of a

Ten airbags (including rear side bags) are standard, available advanced driver systems include auto beams, lane departure blind spot monitor, and cross traffic alert.

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