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Detroit News: Lexus announces sub-100g/km IS hybrid

Heavily influenced by the LF-CC concept car shown at last year’s Paris Motor Show, Lexus says the new car is targeted at offering best-in-class driving dynamics, while the 70mm longer wheelbase improves cabin space compared to its predecessor. Two drivetrains will be offered, comprising a 2.5-litre petrol and hybrid, both available with the F Sport styling package.

Fuel efficiency figures for the IS 250h, the first ever hybrid in the IS model line-up, hasn’t been announced yet but at under 100g/km CO2 emissions the car should return around 70mpg. The combination of 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and electric drive also offers a combined 217bhp.

This same drivetrain could also be rolled out across other models. Lexus has previously hinted at a lower-emitting hybrid version of the larger GS saloon, this could share its engine with the IS.

Pricing will be announced closer to the car's launch this summer.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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