Lexus will debut the new generation IS and the first ever Lexus diesel engine at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
The new Lexus IS has its world premiere at the Lexus press conference on 1 March at 12:15pm. The car will feature the first ever Lexus diesel engine. Pictures and information about the new car will be revealed at the time.
Elsewhere on the stand, visitors will be able to see the recently unveiled LF-A Concept Car. The fourth successive LF concept vehicle to explore Lexus’ new design direction, the LF-A combines the luxury refinements of a Lexus with the performance and driving dynamics of a high performance, two-seater supercar. It features a power plant capable of developing more than 500 hp from a cubic capacity of less than 5.0 litres. A radical approach to component sizing and packaging has created a compact design with very short front and rear overhangs and the perfect front/rear weight distribution essential to optimum high-speed handling and stability.
The new GS saloon will also be present, which goes on sale in the UK on 15 April. It will be offered with a choice of either a 283 hp 4.3-litre V8 or an all-new, 249 hp 3.0-litre direct injection V6 petrol engine mated to a new, close ratio, 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. Adaptive Variable Suspension offers a choice of two damper settings; Normal Mode for everyday comfort and Sport Mode for improved handling, whilst a new Electric Power Steering (EPS) system features Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).
Class-leading safety features include a radar controlled Pre-Crash Safety system (PCS) which automatically optimises seatbelt and emergency braking efficiency, and are further augmented by an enhanced Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system (VDIM), today’s ultimate expression of vehicle stability control systems.
On sale in May, the Lexus RX400h four-wheel drive Sport Utility Vehicle is the world’s first performance hybrid, a petrol/electric powered car in the premium automotive segment. A full hybrid capable of operating in petrol or electric modes as well as a combination of both, the RX400h features front and rear electric motors combined with a 3.3 litre, V6 petrol engine to produce a maximum power output of 272 hp via a continuously variable transmission and ‘intelligent’ electric four-wheel drive.
The RX400h will accelerate seamlessly from 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds, yet boasts the fuel consumption figures of a family saloon, returning 34.9mpg in the combined cycle. The new Lexus produces CO2 emissions of just 192g/km.