Lexus unveils the all new Lexus IS model range

Lexus unveils the all new Lexus IS model range

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
18 Feb 2013

The new Lexus IS model range, first unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show on 15 January, will feature the IS 250, and for the first time two new model variants, a brand new IS F SPORT and a hybrid variant, the IS 300h.
Following the new generation GS and LS models, the all-new IS features the sophisticated and stylish Lexus spindle grille frontal design, providing a combination of aggressive elegance, more powerful road presence and stronger brand identity.

In profile, the mass of the cabin is concentrated rearwards. A rising line flowing from the lower body into the rear lamp clusters adds further elegance, and dynamism.
The exterior design incorporates a new, powerful-articulated headlamp cluster design with the Lexus trademark, L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.

Featuring a clean and elegant design theme, the cabin provides a driver-focused, ergonomically-ideal environment. The newly designed driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support. Both the seat hip- point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering-reach adjustment has been increased, creating a more sporty driving position.
Cabin material, trim and finish refinement is complimented by the latest advancements in “Human-Machine Interface” (HMI) technology and a high quality analogue clock with surface-emitting illumination. The centre console incorporates Lexus’ first-ever electrostatic switches for controlling the air conditioning temperature with a touch of a finger.

The new IS has a wheelbase 70 mm longer and 10 mm wider than its predecessor, providing best in class rear seat comfort and luggage capacity. The combination of extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design generates an 85 mm increase in knee room for the new, 60:40 split/folding seats, and improved accessibility.
A new Drive Mode Select system features up to four switchable driving modes - ECO, NORMAL, SPORT/SPORT S and SPORT S+ (the latter available on vehicles equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension), to optimise the driver’s preferred combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.

The all-new IS F SPORT model is set to particularly excite with precision handling and performance, great design and LFA- inspired features. It does not only benefits from its exclusive, more sporting and aggressive exterior and interior design features, but also genuine dynamic enhancements in the form of exclusively tuned front and rear suspension systems.

Externally, F SPORT model is instantly recognised by an aggressive spindle grille design with a more prominent chrome trim and an exclusive mesh design.
On board, the F SPORT model inherits an innovative driver’s meter with moving centre ring from the LFA – Lexus first super- sports car and the flagship of the F SPORT range. Likewise, the rims are inspired by the Lexus LFA.

An exclusive seat design uses an ‘integrated foaming’ construction method to combine excellent comfort with outstanding lateral holding performance.

Both the front and rear suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are exclusively tuned for the F SPORT package, enhancing IS handling performance without detriment to ride quality. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is also available exclusively for the F SPORT model.
The all-new IS 300h’s full hybrid rear-wheel drive system combines a powerful electric motor with a newly developed, 2.5 litre, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine featuring a new D-4S fuel injection system, Dual VVT-i and a high-efficiency Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. The system targets class-leading low CO2 emissions and outstanding fuel efficiency for which the final data will be shared at a later date.

A Lexus first, a newly developed pop-up hood design creates space to absorb pedestrian impact force, allowing for the lowest possible vehicle front profile whilst optimising pedestrian impact protection.

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