Lexus IS 300h debuts at Geneva

5 Mar, 2013 6:45pm Tom Phillips Paul Bond

Lexus has revealed the IS 300h F Sport and Opal Blue LF-LC at Geneva

The Lexus IS 300h F Sport has made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The petrol-electric hybrid model will return 99g/km of CO2 and a claimed 65.7mpg combined and replaces the diesel IS in the third-generation IS line-up. 

We’ve already driven prototype versions of both the new IS 250 and the IS 300h hybrid, and the all-new IS range has made its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

This was also the first time that European buyers get to see the IS 300h with the sporty F Sport package, which is the Lexus equivalent of the Audi S line and BMW M Sport trim levels.

Lexus IS F Sport models benefit from styling tweaks, including a more striking version of the large spindle front grille that now features across the Lexus line-up, 18-inch anthracite alloys and a more aggressive front bumper.

The F Sport models also include sports suspension and returned steering for a more direct response. On the inside, there's a special F Sport steering wheel, different gearknob and aluminium pedals, plus digital dials inspired by the LFA supercar.

Lexus has also shownits LF-LC concept car on the Geneva stand, which first debuted at the Detroit Motor Show last year.

The car was shown in Detroit in a striking red colour, but such was the positive response around the world for the concept that Lexus built a second LF-LC, painted in Opal Blue, which debuted at the Sydney Motor Show in Australia.

According to the firm “showcases Lexus’s more sporting new image… and delivers a strong interpretation of Lexus’s new design language.” and sources close to the brand rumoured that a production version of this stunning concept was being evaluated.

At the very least the LF-LC is expected to become a production car as the IS Coupe, which will be a rival for the Audi A5, Mercedes C-Class Coupe and forthcoming BMW 4 Series.