Lexus presents the new IS range

TWO OF A KIND: Introducing the IS 300h Lux (left) and F SPORT (right).

TOYOTA’S luxury brand unveiled the all-new Lexus IS model range to be launched in Europe by mid-2013.

It includes the IS 300h – the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive – and the rear-wheel drive IS 250, as well as a further evolution of the F SPORT package, available for both models.

Incorporating no less than 12 first features and technical innovations, the new IS also showcases an all-new interior with a more sporting, focused driver’s environment, a significant improvement in rear seat space for best-in-class roominess, and a larger luggage compartment.

The IS features the bold Lexus spindle grille frontal design. In profile, the mass of the cabin is concentrated rearwards and a rising line flowing from the lower body into the rear lamp clusters adds further dynamism.

The most affordable IS version (the 250) will be available in Europe at a base price of €24,800, with the rear wheel drive version of the 2.5 litre V6 petrol engine. The double wishbone front suspension system has been revised, offering a 20 per cent increase in roll rigidity.

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