(VIDEO) 2014 Lexus IS presented in Detroit, hybrid and F-Sport version planned, LF-CC design (IS300h)
Update of December 5th article with a video test by Jay Leno
Lexus announced yesterday that they would present the new IS at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The car will still be available with the 250 engine but now also in IS300h, a back-wheel drive sedan powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor for emissions announced under 100g/km - a real feat for the segment - with a power estimated between 200 and 240hp...
Regarding its design, at the front, despite the camouflage, we envision a LED line under the main light while at the back the lights seem to be a mix between those of the LF-CC and previous generation of the IS, in the extension of a pen stroke which defines the rear bumper and continues on the lateral skirt (like on the LF-CC).
Having a look to the first photos of the interior, there is mainly one thing to notice, a F-Sport badge hidden on the steering wheel, an assumption confirmed by the anthracite wheels presented on the test mule and typical of the F-Sport series...
The Lexus IS300h uses the same platform as the recently launched GS450h in a smaller format with a shorter and narrower wheelbase, the CVT gearbox has been modified.
Its weight should be around 1700kg for a 0 to 100kph expected below 7 seconds!