New Lexus IS Debuts at the Detroit Auto Show [video]

New Lexus IS unveiled today at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit, will be offered as a petrol powered IS 250 and the first full hybrid IS, the IS 300h. Both versions feature rear-wheel drive and will be available with the F Sport package.

The new Lexus IS exterior design is influenced by LF-CC concept car, with driver’s cockpit inspired by the LFA supercar.

The new IS has an increased with (+10mm) a longer wheelbase (+70mm) and best in class knee-room (+85mm) compared to the current model.

In the UK the IS 250 will be powered by a 204bhp V6 petrol engine, while the full hybrid IS 300h combines a 142bhp electric motor and a newly developed 177bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine for a combined power output of 217bhp. The IS 300h is expected to deliver sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and average fuel consumption of more than 65mpg.

The new IS comes with the Drive Mode Select system, with three switchable driving modes: Eco, Normal, & Sport.

The new IS offers also a number of advanced, new active safety features, including automatic headlamp high beam operation, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The IS F Sport models feature a special grille and front bumper design as well as specially tuned front and rear suspension systems.

New IS will be launched in the UK this summer. Prices and final specifications will be announced closer to the market launch.

In the video below is a US spec IS 350:

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