Lexus IS is the next brand-new mainstream model to make its show debut at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. The 2014 version of the car is drastically changed over the last model, featuring a much more daring design, especially in the F – Sport guise.
Regardless of the design, everything about the new IS is better than before. It is bigger, it has more interior space, and crucially it is more efficient. The car launches in Europe with two IS250 petrol and IS 300h hybrid models, both rear-wheel drive, and both eligible to get the F Sport kit. America gets the IS 350 features a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine.
Lexus has put an emphasize on sportiness with this new model, fitting it with double wishbone and multilink suspension. It also comes with a Drive Mode Select system, with three switchable driving modes: Eco, Normal, & Sport.
As for the engines, the IS 250 will be powered by a 204bhp/152kW V6 petrol engine. The sophisticated hybrid model gets the newly developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, equipped with D-4S fuel injection, Dual VVT-i intelligent variable valve timing and a high-efficiency Exhaust Gas Recirculation system. It makes 217bhp/162kW, and return 65 mpg, plus a fully electric mode.
Being a Lexus of course it gets lots of technology features, including automatic headlamp high beam operation, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.