Lexus moves into new territory this winter with revisions to the IS 220d that bring a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, leading to even more significant cost of ownership savings.

In bringing the CO2 figure down from 163 to 148g/km, the IS 220d enjoys a more advantageous position in terms of Benefit-in-Kind company car tax rates and the allowance companies can write down against Corporation Tax.  The new BIK rate is 20 per cent and for the 2009/10 tax year the reduced CO2 level allows companies to offset more of the IS 220d's capital cost against Corporation Tax at a rate of 20 per cent. Taking the IS 220d SE-I as an example, this means companies can save up to £1,335 in Corporation Tax compared to the previous 2009 model with 163g/km emissions.

The economic profile of the luxury sports saloon is further enhanced by a new Band C rating for Vehicle Excise Duty, plus reduced fuel costs thanks to improvements in fuel consumption which raise the combined cycle mpg by nine per cent, from 46.3 to 50.4.

The adjustments which have brought these benefits about have not impinged on top-line performance: the lightweight 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine produces a maximum 175bhp at 3,600rpm and 400Nm of torque @ 2,600rpm, giving a maximum speed of 135mph and nought to 62mph acceleration in 8.9 seconds. The IS 220d is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

There is no increase in on-the-road prices, with the 2009 IS 220d priced £22,015, SE-I £24,470 and SE-L £26,585. The IS 220d benefits from previously announced specification improvements for the 2009 model year, including the provision of Lexus's Vehicle Integrated Dynamics Management (VDIM) system on all models. SE versions now come with Cellensia upholstery; front and rear parking sensors are standard on SE-I grade; and SE-L models have gained new-design 18-inch alloy wheels.

2009 Lexus IS 250/220d, 1 of 10
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In the fiercely competitive premium saloon market, the new IS 220d enjoys a clear advantage over its rivals, thanks to its unmatched combination of high specification, value and tax efficiency.

IS 200d Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) competitor comparison

MODEL

CO2 (g/km)

OTR PRICE

P11D VALUE

BIK (%)

TAX pa (08/09)

Position vs IS

Lexus IS 220d SE

148

£22,015

£21,840

20

£1,747

-

BMW 320d SE

128

£26,680

£26,505

18

£1,908

+£161

Audi A4 2.0 TDI SE 170

140

£24,850

£24,675

19

£1,875

+£128

Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI SE

156

£25,007

£24,807

22

£2,183

+£436

LEXUS IS 220d TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

IS 220d

Engine code

2AD-FHV

Engine type

Four in-line

Valve mechanism

16 valves

Block & head material

Aluminium

Displacement (cc)

2,231

Bore x stroke (mm)

86.0 x 96.0

Fuel rating

48  cetane low sulphur diesel

Compression ratio

15.8:1

Max. power (bhp/rpm)

175 @ 3,600

Max. torque (Nm/rpm)

400 @ 2,600

PERFORMANCE
0-62mph  (sec)

8.9

Max. speed (mph)

135

FUEL CONSUMPTION *
Combined (mpg)

50.4

Extra Urban (mpg)

58.9

Urban (mpg)

39.8

EMISSIONS
CO2 (g/km)

148

VED band

C

* Provisional figures prior to final homologation