Five years on, time’s right to upgrade Baby gets a rebirth
with the IS but the one we’re having more trouble convincing people to consider is the RX.’’
European information on the IS upgrade points to cleaner engines which meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards, with better efficiency and reduced emissions for the IS 250 automatic and IS 250 coupe-convertible.
Exterior changes run to LED daytime running lamps in the nose, a new grille, new rear lamps and new alloy wheel designs.
The F-Sport model picks up more of the impact of the V8-powered IS F, with a deep front spoiler, 18-inch alloys and a big rear spoiler. Inside, there is a sports steering wheel with leather and Alcantara trim. AN ANTI-SUBMARINING seatbelt took first prize in this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia Automotive Engineering Excellence Awards.
The Gold Award winner, Lifebelt, incorporates an extra under-thigh length of webbing to stop the seat occupant submarining forward under the existing lap-sash belt in a crash.
The Young Engineer Award went to University of Melbourne research fellow Dr Rahul Sharma, for his role in a hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine project undertaken in collaboration with Ford Australia.
Climate-conscious: European information says the Lexus IS 250C will meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards.