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Mid-life tweak for Lexus IS

2010-08-27 11:37
The Lexus IS range, which has seen a number of tweaks in its life cycle, will expose its biggest list of changes as part of a mid-life revision at the Paris Motor Show, including a new diesel engine.

Lexus says the changes are not just about styling, but about increasing the overall appeal of its compact sedan range.

The car showcased at next month’s Paris show will show high intensity discharge (HID) headlights and LED daytime running lights, a new tail light design, more choice where exterior paint finishes are concerned and a number of new wheel designs.

More significant, perhaps, is the introduction of an all-new six-cylinder IS 200d. The IS 220d it replaces, is not sold in South Africa. However, the new 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit is revised with new piezo-electric fuel injectors and the use of a new oil-cooled, variable nozzle turbocharger, amongst others.

Output for this engine is 110 kW at 3 600 r/min and a peak torque figure of 340 Nm from 2 000 r/min.

Changes apply to the IS250 and IS250C models. More details are expected to follow at the official Paris Motor Show unveiling.

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