Lexus at Geneva 2013
Friday 01 February 2013
• New IS300h to make its European debut
• LF-LC concept to be shown in Opal Blue
• Full line-up of F Sport models on display
Lexus has announced what it will be showing at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The highlights will be the European debut of the all-new IS300h hybrid, a version of the award-winning LF-LC concept and a full line-up of the company’s F Sport models.
Most interest will surround the IS300h – a compact executive car in the mould of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class – but, intriguingly, Lexus is eschewing diesel power altogether, favouring petrol-electric hybrid propulsion as a means to improve emissions and efficiency. Much of the industry sees this as a very brave move, considering that, in Europe at least, the vast majority of compact executive cars are bought with diesel engines. The new IS should arrive in the UK in the summer.
Also on show will be the LF-LC concept car, finished in Opal Blue. A 2+2 sports coupe, the LF-LC will, according to Lexus, highlight the company’s sporting pretensions. First shown at last year’s Detroit Motor Show, the LF-LC is powered by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and gives an insight into the future design language of Lexus – echoed in the new IS which was unveiled at last month’s Detroit Motor Show.
Lastly, Lexus will be showcasing its entire F Sport range for the first time in Europe. F Sport models are, again, hybrid-powered but with a slightly sportier emphasis than the standard models.
By James Richardson