2014 Lexus IS 300h makes its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The model is equipped with 2.5-litre full hybrid powertrain posting CO2 emissions from 99g/km and has a rear-wheel drive.

As a matter of fact, the key sub-100g/km CO2 figure is achieved by the IS 300h SE model, fitted with 16-inch wheels. IS 300h's powertrain delivers a total output of 220 hp (164kW) and gives the new Lexus a dynamic drive with quick and smooth acceleration.

The hybrid system included in this Lexus model features a 141 hp (105kW) electric motor and a newly developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine. The latter generates a maximum 178 hp (133kW) and in addition it benefits from a new D-4S fuel injection system, Dual VVT-i intelligent variable valve timing and a high-efficiency exhaust gas recirculation system.

In addition, rear wheels of the IS 300h are driven through the hybrid powertrain's E-CVT transmission. The acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h is measured at just 8.3 seconds on the way to a Vmax of 125 mph.

Furthermore, the driver can select the style of driving through different modes: EV all-electric running, with the petrol engine switched off; Eco, for optimum fuel efficiency; Normal, and Sport, for sharper throttle response and a sportier steering setting.

In the new IS range is included the F Sport model as well, which comes with sports-tuned suspension and electric power steering. It is also distinguished by a dedicated exterior and interior design features.

2014 Lexus IS 300h Details:

IS 300h engine specifications (figures based on pre-production model)
Engine type 2AR-FSE
Cylinders and arrangement 4 cylinders, in-line
Valve mechanism 16-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i
Bore x stroke (mm) 90.0 x 98.0
Displacement (cm³) 2,494
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Fuel injection system EFI, D-4S with direct and port injection
Emission certification** EURO 5+ (WVTA countries and ECO grade in non-WVTA countries) Euro 5 (other grades in non-WVTA countries)
Fuel type Petrol
Combined max output (petrol electric) kW 164
Max power

(petrol only) kW/rpm

(electric only) kW

133 / 6,000


Max torque

(petrol only) Nm/rpm

(electric only) Nm

221 / 4,200-5,400


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Source: Lexus