Singapore - The latest Hybrid variant of the Lexus IS has arrived onto the market and thanks to a well thought out refinement process, is now looking significantly more dapper than ever before.
Slipping into the driver seat and you will be treated to very ergonomic seats, designed to truly embrace you in a snug and comfortable hug, making you yearn for longer journeys. And long journeys are exactly what the new IS300h is all about, with a frugal 2.5 liter direct injection petrol engine paired with a powerful electric motor, delivering a combined output of 219 horsepower to its rear wheels.
Sporty as the exterior may be, this hybrid variant was not meant to be fast off the line, nor attack corners with vengeance, even if it is capable of doing so with poise and calm. Thus while the ‘Sport Mode’ was a constant temptation for our 72 hours with the car, we were much more inclined to keep it in ‘Normal’ or ‘Eco’ mode. Like most other Lexus, the new IS300h will slow down your heart rate, even if you want to get to your destination in a hurry.
First unveiled to the world back in 2013, this new facelift (or makeover) is extensive, longer in length, wider in width and taller in height. It also sports a newly revised spindle grille up front, restyled headlamps, as well as taillamps that span across its entire rear end. Incorporated into its updated dashboard and center console head unit, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, a must-have in all modern cars.
Luxuriously crafted and equipped with some of the latest technology in safety, the new IS300h, while not an entirely new generation-model, will surely hold up well into the years ahead.
For more information, please visit Lexus Singapore.
Things we love
- Classy cabin interior with a front windscreen sculpted to give the driver and front passenger a panoramic view of the road.
- Unbelievably comfortable seats for its class (you have to visit the Lexus showroom to experience this for yourself).
- Remarkably comfortable and smooth ride, on both even and uneven roads.
- EV mode is ideal for heavy/slow traffic, and during your final-mile journey home.
Things we didn’t really like
- Bright reflective glare at certain angles from the driver's instrument cluster during the day.
- Raised height of the transmission tunnel severely limits the comfort for the middle-rear passenger.