Lexus IS boosts its green cred
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.