Lexus IS boosts its green cred

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - USED CARS -

THE new Lexus IS 300h will sit atop its ri­vals with the high­est Green Ve­hi­cle Guide rat­ing and the low­est CO2 emis­sions of all its lux­ury sedan ri­vals, in­clud­ing diesels, when it is re­leased later this year.

It is claimed to be able to achieve 113 grams of CO2 per kilo­me­tre and con­sume 4.9 litres/100km (com­bined cy­cle) with a com­bined power out­put of 164kW from its petrol-elec­tric driv­e­train.

In Europe, the IS 300h Eco model will be ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures as low as 4.3 litres per 100km and sub-100g of CO2 emis­sions per kilo­me­tre.

The IS 300h is the first rear-wheeldrive Lexus to have the new, highly ef­fi­cient Atkin­son Cy­cle 2.5-litre petrol elec­tric/hy­brid pow­er­train, which features a D-4S fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem, dual VVT-i and Ex­haust Gas Re­cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem.

The en­gine drives the rear wheels through an elec­tronic con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) and pro­pels the IS 300h from 0-100km/h in 8.5 sec­onds.

The hy­brid bat­tery is also po­si­tioned be­neath the lug­gage deck board, a Lexus first, which con­trib­utes to sportier driv­ing thanks to a lower cen­tre of grav­ity and en­hanced body rigid­ity.

The new po­si­tion also al­lows for an­other Lexus first a hy­brid sedan with a 60:40 rear fold seat.

This pack­ag­ing also en­sures the IS 300h pro­vides lug­gage ca­pac­ity on par with that of petrol en­gine IS models.

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