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2013 Lexus IS to have no Diesel Version
posted on Sep 28 2012 by Sam Jones
Lexus has confirmed that next years IS will not be available in a diesel version. The 2.2-litre diesel engine in the present line-up will be removed from the range for the 2013 IS.
At this years Paris Motor Show, Lexus revealed the LF-CC concept car which will heavily influence the new IS. It has also been confirmed that the IS range will be expanded to include a new four-door saloon and a two-door coupe model. The latter will look very alike the LF-CC.
In place of the diesel version, the 2013 IS will use the new hybrid powertrain from the LF-CC combining a new direct-injection, four-cylinder, 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. However, before the IS makes its arrival in the second half of the year, the hybrid powertrain will be debuted next summer in the GS range. This will give us our first look at the engine but Lexus says CO2 emissions should be less than 100g/km in a production car similar in size to the LF-CC, which would be absolutely fantastic.
Lexus are intending to directly rival the 2.0-litre diesel versions, in terms of performance and power, of the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 with the hybrid IS model. This will surely interest a number of you drivers looking for a new car in a years time.