Five years on, time’s right to up­grade Baby gets a re­birth

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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.

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