Following on from the leaked official shots we brought you last week, we now have more images of the 2014 Lexus IS. Although the IS300h was displayed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, it will only be available in Europe, Japan and other select international markets outside the USA. According to William Kwong, PR manager for Lexus, selling the car in America wouldn’t make any sense as they already sell the CT200h and EX300h and don’t see any point in taking sales from either model.
The car American’s won’t see on their highways uses a 2.5 litre Atkinson-cycle engine mated to the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain. Turbo-charging with direct-injection will boost the power output. We’re expecting consumption figures of 67.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of around 100 g/km.
In Detroit the inspiration for the new IS was explained by Junichi Furuvama, the company’s chief designer. “The conventional approach involves developing each individual aspect in the hope that they will combine to offer an engaging driving experience. By contrast, development of the new IS flipped this process on its head, first establishing the pleasurable driving experience owners desire, and then developing the individual performance elements to support it.” This has led to small changes like a longer chassis that offers more boot space and passenger room, and thinner seat which create more leg room.
No word on an exact release date, but we’re expecting the eco-friendly Lexus to be available later in the year.