Lexus unveils revised IS range, including new IS 200d
The model replaces the previous IS 220d and delivers improved fuel economy, lower emissions and reduced tax bills thanks to the use of a new 148bhp version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine.
Lexus says the unit benefits from detailed engineering revisions and is equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to meet Euro 5 emissions standards and enhance the engine’s driving quality.
Maximum power of 148bhp is delivered at 3,600rpm, with nought to 62mph acceleration in 10.2 seconds. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions are 134g/km, compared to 50.4mpg and 148g/km for the IS 220d. As well as reducing the annual road tax charge, this also cuts BiK bills for company car drivers, with a reduction in the rating from 21 to 18% for the new model.
The new model is available to order now, priced from £24,350 (IS 200d SE) on the road.
The IS range also has been updated with the introduction of a revised V6 petrol engine in the IS 250 and IS 250C coupe-convertible. This unit now meets future Euro5 emissions standards, achieving better fuel economy and CO2 emissions with no penalty in performance, and is now only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Power and torque are unchanged from the V6 are unchanged at 205bhp and 252Nm, but combined cycle fuel consumption for the IS 250 improves from 31.7 to 33.6mpg, with a concurrent fall in CO2 output from 209 to 194g/km. As a result the model’s BiK tax rating is cut from 30 to 27%.
Similarly, the improved engine is also under the bonnet of the 2011 IS 250C coupe-cabriolet, with an improvement in combined cycle performance to 30.7mpg and a 6g/km reduction in CO2 emissions to 213g/km.
In addition, Lexus has announced styling changes to the IS 250 and 220d F-Sport models’ exterior and interior, which are heavily influenced by the styling of the IS F.
Revisions elsewhere in the IS range included improvements to the SE-I specification to introduce rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming electrochromic rear view mirror and a new leather upholstery with heated front seats.
The new IS range will be formally revealed at the Paris Motor Show but is available to order now, with on-the-road prices unchanged.