Lexus’s most eagerly anticipated new model, the new generation IS, will also be featured at Frankfurt, ahead of the car’s launch at the end of the year. It will have the distinction of being the first Lexus to feature a diesel engine, a four-cylinder common rail unit producing 175bhp and 400Nm of torque, which makes it the most powerful in its displacement class.
The new IS will also be equipped with an advanced package of safety systems, including 10 airbags and will be the first car in the world to be fitted with a twin-chamber front passenger airbag, enabling greater protection to the neck and shoulders in an impact. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Pre-Crash Safety will also be available.
Mark Levinson has designed a new 10-channel, 14-speaker 300W surround system for 5.1 home theatre DVD entertainment, which can be controlled through the Lexus Navigator display screen on the IS’s centre console.Published 29 August 2005