2014 Lexus IS 300h HybridWhile it's good news that Toyota & Lexus keep turning more and more models into fuel-efficient and cleaner hybrids over time, in the case of the 2014 IS 300h hybrid, there is also some bad news for Americans. The new Lexus hybrid, the first ever IS hybrid, will only be available in "Europe, Japan, and select international markets." Car companies don't have the habit of lumping the U.S. and Canada into "international markets", so it's a safe bet that the IS 300h won't be available here, at least not for now. This is probably explained by the fact that Lexus already has two entry-level hybrids, the ES300h and CT200h (which is too bad, because the IS300h seems a better vehicle than the CT200h, at least at first glance).
The hybrid version of the IS will be powered by a combination of electric motors and a newly developed 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine with a D-4S fuel injection system, Dual VVT-I (a variable valve timing system), and a high-efficiency exhaust gas recirculation system.
On MPG and power, Mark Templin, Group VP and General Manager of the Lexus Division said: "While we can’t disclose actual numbers until later this spring, I can tell you that we’re targeting CO2 emissions lower than 100 g/km and fuel consumption of less than 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers [55 mpg US], while delivering total system power of 162 kW [217 hp]."