LEXUS IS 300h: A pulse-pounding sport Sedan with a hybrid advantage


Your first step into hybrid motoring can take the form an iconic sport sedan.
The new IS was engineered to be a driver’s car without any compromises, after all. The hybrid IS 300h variant delivers on that promise.

Through rigorous development and testing, the new IS was born and bred at the Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama Test Track—where the toughest and most challenging roads in the world have been recreated. The outcome was an IS lineup that is agile and provocative. First to be introduced locally were the pulse-pounding IS 350 F Sport (P3,808,000) and the IS 300h Premier (P3,328,000). Now, Lexus introduces the IS 300h which is priced at P2,978,000. Both IS 300h
variants—while boasting hybrid technology—thoroughly espouse Lexus’s DNA.

Powerful Yet Efficient Drivetrain.
Under the svelte and sculpted lines of the IS 300h is a powerful-yet-efficient hybrid drivetrain. It is powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder mated to a Lexus E-CVT intelligent transmission for optimum efficiency in every driving condition. The 16-valve DOHC dual VVTi petrol engine is paired with an equally powerful electric motor. When in tandem, power delivered to the rear wheels is a combined 220hp. Zero to 100kph happens in a swift 8.7 seconds. Maximum torque is an impressive 221Nm. Even more noteworthy is the kind of fuel efficiency the IS 300h delivers. The EV Drive Mode lets you use the electric motor at slow speeds. This in turn reduces emissions and saves on fuel.

Keeping drivers engaged and in full control is a suspension system that was tuned and refined in the Shimoyama Test Track. The double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear is complemented by ABS; Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA); and a Traction Control System. The IS 300h will bring out the sporty driver in you—if you so desire.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Front and center on the dashboard is an 8-inch touch display for the audio system. Connectivity is of utmost priority these days, therefore Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Miracast come standard in the IS 300h. A ten-speaker audio system will please even the most discerning audiophiles.

A power tilt and telescoping tiller and leather-wrapped wheel with paddle shifters nestled behind them offer an even more satisfying driver and car interface. Voice recognition adds ease of use as well. There is also a multi-information TFT display where drivers can monitor their fuel economy through the Eco-Driving Indicator Light and Zone Display.

The luxuriously crafted interior can be had in black synthetic leather. Driver and front passenger are treated to 8-way power- adjustable seats, so finding the best driving position can be done with ease.

Added Convenience And Safety Features
A Parking Assist Monitor accurately guides your parking attempts by superimposing guide lines on the back camera’s video screen. This is very helpful, especially in crowded parking spaces. Adding to this is a clearance and back sonar to make sure that drivers are aware of what is behind them when in reverse.
Passenger safety is of course very important, so eight sensor-controlled airbags line the cabin giving enhanced protection.

Stunning Exterior
The IS 300h will slice through the air with its sculpted aerodynamic shape. The IS formula is simple. It all begins with the low and imposing stance that’s a full 30 millimeters wider than its predecessor’s. Meanwhile, the silhouette emphasizes the ‘wide and low’ IS design DNA. Topping things off are fresh 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/45 R18 tires. Improved brakes
add stopping power and give drivers a more natural brake feel.

The IS 300h is available in seven exterior colors, including newly developed Chromatic colors: Sonic Titanium, Sonic Iridium, and Sonic Chrome. Colors that are exclusive to the IS 300h variant are Sonic Quartz and Red Mica Crystal Shine. Graphite Black Glass Flake and Heat Blue Contrast Layering round off the head-turning choices.

A Highly Attractive Package
The IS 300h is also one of the most attractive compact luxury sedans available in the market. Considering it is equipped with sophisticated hybrid technology and is built with a Takumi-level of craftsmanship, its price of P2,978,000 undercuts its closest German rival—a model not offered with a hybrid drivetrain locally.

Get into an IS 300h and all of your senses will be stimulated, thanks to the beautifully designed exterior; the exceptional ride comfort; and the sharp and responsive handling worthy of an all-around sports sedan. Lexus DNA dictates that all of its models offer drivers a unique Lexus driving signature, and the new IS is a very significant model for the luxury brand because it was the catalyst for this exciting and new direction.

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