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New Lexus IS300 Here from 1st October

Tue, 25 Sep 2001
Toyota has announced UK prices and specifications for its new rear wheel drive 211bhp Lexus IS300 model.
There will be no manual transmission option. Both the IS300 saloon and SportCross will be offered with a 5-speed autobox with steering wheel pushbutton controls and will be priced at £26,700 for the attractive saloon or £28,450 for the SportCross.
The engine is a 2,997cc straight six VVT-i, as in the IS200, not a V6 as in the RX300. It develops 211bhp at 5,800rpm and 212lb ft (288Nm) torque at 3,800rpm. That's a bit short of the 231bhp of the BMW 330 and 240bhp of the Jaguar S-Type 3.0 V6, but it still gets the IS300 to sixty in 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph. The combined fuel consumption figure of the saloon is 26.1mpg with CO2 output of 256g/km (SportCross 25.2mpg and 265g/km). For company drivers, the CO2 outputs give a tax base of 33% for the saloon and 35% for the SportCross, but because the cars have very high levels of standard kit, including leather seats, BIK tax is lower than similarly equipped competitors. Insurance group is a reasonable 15E.
IS300 saloon dimensions are length 4,400mm, width 1,725mm, height 1,405mm. Boot luggage capacity is 400 litres and towing limit is 1,200kg.
SportCross dimensions are length 4,505mm; width 1,725mm, height 1,430mm. Boot luggage capacity under the luggage cover is 360 litres, plus 36 litres in side boxes, expanding to 1,046 litres with the rear seats down. Towing limit is also 1,200kg.
A full climate control air conditioning system is standard equipment on both models. This provides temperature regulated airflow to all areas of the cabin and also houses the display of outside temperature or digital clock. An additional Foot/Demist mode has been added. Tyre size is 215/45 ZR17.
The new eight-speaker audio system is integrated into the centre console and includes an in-dash six-disc CD changer. For safety and convenience, audio equipment controls have been simplified for ease of operation.
As with other Lexus models, the IS300 saloon and SportCross are backed by a three year/ 60,000 miles warranty, three year paint and 12 year anti-perforation warranty.

For a photo of the IS300 SportCross see Lexus IS300 in the Car by Car Breakdown.

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