Less athletic than it seems, the luxurious Lexus is 2020 Lexus IS 300h aims first to reduce its carbon footprint. When you discover it, lurking in a parking space, the Lexus IS 300h impresses. However, this family-oriented sedan has other concerns than competing in performance with the sports references in the category. To divert the customers from the German premium, the Japanese certainly put on its remarkable road qualities but, more importantly, on the exceptional sobriety of its hybrid engine.
2020 Lexus IS 300h Redesign & Changes
The restyling operated on this third generation launched in 2013 nevertheless tends to accentuate the aggression released by this sedan with the allure of coupe. With an eagle look and a nasty honeycomb grille, this samurai seems to be ready to battle.
Printing is comforted by a position of driving at the edge of the bitumen and a digital instrumentation worthy of a fighter plane. So much so that by activating the Start button, the driver promoted driver expects to awaken a monster with 6 cylinders, if not 8. And… nothing!
A light is illuminated to signify that the 2020 Lexus IS 300 his ready to take off, but when it begins to move, it is in the utmost silence, only on the strength of its electric motor. The battery of this non-refillable hybrid on a plug allows only 1 or 2 kilometers in pure electrical mode.
In return, the user’s manual is as clear as that of an ordinary car. When you accelerate, the electric motor assists and relieves the thermal engine. And when you lift your foot or brake, the battery recharges.
This complex and yet reliable technology is sufficient to achieve substantial gains in consumption. During our test, despite a mass greater than 1.7 ton, the Mighty (223 hp) and the opulent sedan has 300h claimed only 7 L/100 km on the highway and 6 L/100km in town.
With, under the eyes, the transfer of flux between thermal and electric motors, the driver quickly takes the game, the challenge being to adapt his driving to save fuel and to make the most of silence in zero emission mode. In fact, the tendency of the engine to be racing under high acceleration appears secondary. To be at the top of the premium family category, Lexus engineers have made the bet to limit the number of refuels instead of getting into the power race. Smart.
2020 Lexus IS 300h Specs
- Engine: Full hybrid 4 cylinder petrol 2,494 cm3 + electric
- Power: Combined 223 Horsepower
- Transmission: Propulsion, CVT auto Box
- Dimensions (L/L/h): 4,68/1,81/1.43 m
- consumption: 4.3 to 4.6 l/100 km
- CO ² Emissions: 97 to 107 g/km
- Speed: 200 km/h
- Price: From €49,490