New week, new Lexus IS 300h spec changes. The folks over at Lexus South Africa have announced a specifications change to the IS 300h model that further emphasizes three key attributes: an evocative design, imaginative technology and leading driving dynamics, embracing a new generation of IS sports sedan owners.
The Lexus IS boasts three model grades in hybrid: IS 300h EX, IS 300h SE and IS 300 F Sport. Here are the changes Lexus has introduced.
No more obvious badging
Probably one of the most vivid indicators that the car is different, the IS hybrid badge and the blue colour logo have now been removed. The removal is due to Lexus’ future strategy to market and sell vehicles that fit into the brand’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) offering; hybrids, plug-in hybrids and/or full electric.
Same same, but different
In addition, the full range’s push start button colour has been changed from blue to gun metallic.
Sunroof for everyone
According to Lexus, this is the most requested item, and the most exciting change of course, is the inclusion of a sunroof in the F Sport model grade. Previously, the sunroof was available as standard only in the SE grade.
The IS boasts a petrol-hybrid 2.5 litre CVT engine that is good for a maximum torque of 221Nm and a total system output of 164kW.
In addition, Lexus South Africa plans to leverage its presence in the hybrid-electric market to expand its share even further. At the same time, Lexus will position hybrids as performance and technology-rich vehicles.
The Lexus IS models retail from R924 200 for the EX-grade, R988 500 for the SE-grade and R1 007 300 for the F Sport.
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