Hybrid Lexus IS300h Confirmed For Europe

The hybrid Lexus IS 300h is making its European debut today at the Geneva Motor Show.

The IS 300h’s powertrain achieves a total system output of 220 horsepower. The homologated emissions figures for the European model confirm it will produce 99g/km of CO2 in combined cycle driving, with a 65.7mpg combined fuel consumption.

In the UK these figures will apply to the IS 300h SE model with 16-inch wheels.

The system features a 141 horsepower electric motor and a newly developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine that produces a maximum 178 horsepower. The engine benefits from a new D-4S fuel injection system, Dual VVT-i intelligent variable valve timing and a high-efficiency exhaust gas recirculation system.

The rear wheels are driven through the hybrid powertrain’s E-CVT transmission.

The powertrain will allow zero to 62 mph acceleration in 8.3 seconds and a 125mph top speed.

The driver can modify the car’s performance by selecting between three different drive modes: EV all-electric running, with the gasoline engine switched off; Eco, for optimum fuel efficiency; Normal, and Sport, for sharper throttle response and a sportier steering setting.

The new IS hybrid lineup includes an F Sport model, which comes with sports-tuned suspension and electric power steering, as well as dedicated exterior and interior design features that distinguish it from the other models in the lineup.