New Lexus IS 200d Arrives in Europe for 2011


Lexus IS 200d

For 2011, the Lexus IS 220d in Europe the UK will be replaced by the IS 200d, which will be using an updated version of the same 2.2L diesel engine that brings better fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions and a more refined and smoother drive:

The new 148bhp version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine benefits from detailed engineering revisions and is equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to meet Euro 5 emissions standards and enhance the engine’s driving quality.

The changes include a re-shaped combustion chamber and the use of new-generation piezoelectric fuel injectors to give a more efficient, cleaner and complete fuel burn. Pressure in the common rail injection system has been increased. a higher flow exhaust gas recirculation valve has been introduced and the adoption of a new oil-cooled, variable nozzle turbocharger improves torque performance at low speeds and cuts overall engine noise.

Along with the announcement of the new diesel, Lexus UK released some great photos of the updated IS:

I’m all over this photo of the IS 250 F-Sport:

Lexus IS 250 F-Sport

Update: The UK will only be selling the IS 200d, but the rest of Europe will have the choice between both the IS 200d & IS 220d.

For the full details on all the IS options in the UK, I’ve included the full press release after the jump.

LEXUS UNVEILS REVISED IS RANGE

KEY POINTS

• Most significant changes to IS range since launch
• Introduction of new IS 200d with improved fuel economy and lower emissions than previous IS 220d
• IS 200d powered by revised 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine with diesel particulate filter (DPF), matched to six-speed manual transmission
• 134g/km CO2 emissions earn IS 200d 18 per cent BIK company car tax rating and Band E Vehicle Excise Duty
• Better fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 figures for IS 250 automatic and IS 250C coupe-convertible
• All IS powertrains meet Euro 5 emissions standards
• Exterior styling changes including headlight and rear light designs, revised front grille design, new exterior colours and alloy wheel designs
• LED daytime running lights added to high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights
• Revised equipment specifications
• On-the-road prices remain unchanged
• Available to order now

Sporty, smooth and unmistakeably Lexus, the IS has undergone its most significant revisions since the current generation model was launched in 2005.

Changes for the 2011 model year, to be formally revealed at the Paris motor show, are not simply a matter of sharper styling: Lexus has gone to the heart of the ownership experience to make the IS an even more appealing prospect, not least to those choosing it as a company car.

Central to this strategy is the introduction of the new IS 200d, which delivers improved fuel economy, lower emissions and reduced tax bills. Replacing the previous IS 220d, it is available to order now, priced from £24,350 (IS 200d SE) on the road.

The V6 petrol engine featured in the IS 250 and IS 250C coupe-convertible with six-speed automatic transmission has also been revised to meet future Euro5 emissions standards, achieving better fuel economy and CO2 emissions with no penalty in performance.

Focus of the styling changes is the F-Sport grade, which now echoes even more loudly the looks of its ultra-high-performance sister, the IS F, to strengthen its appeal among younger drivers. Meanwhile all IS models equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights gain LED daytime running lights and across the range there are new wheel designs, new rear light designs and a revised choice of exterior colours.

New IS 200d with enhanced driving quality

Replacing the previous IS 220d, the new IS 200d delivers stronger fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions and a more refined and smoother drive.
The new 148bhp version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine benefits from detailed engineering revisions and is equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to meet Euro 5 emissions standards and enhance the engine’s driving quality.

The changes include a re-shaped combustion chamber and the use of new-generation piezoelectric fuel injectors to give a more efficient, cleaner and complete fuel burn. Pressure in the common rail injection system has been increased. a higher flow exhaust gas recirculation valve has been introduced and the adoption of a new oil-cooled, variable nozzle turbocharger improves torque performance at low speeds and cuts overall engine noise.

Maximum power of 148bhp is delivered at 3,600rpm, with peak torque of 340Nm on tap from 2,000rpm, allowing for nought to 62mph acceleration in 10.2 seconds. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions are 134g/km, compared to 50.4mpg and 148g/km for the IS 220d.

As well as saving money at the pumps, owners enjoy a lower annual road tax
charge – Band E rather than F for Vehicle Excise Duty. For company car tax payers there is a further bonus in the reduction of the Benefit-in-Kind tax rating from 21 to 18 per cent for the new model.

IS 250 automatic and IS 250C

For the 2011 model year the IS 250 becomes and automatic-only model, with revisions to the powertrain that ensure compliance with Euro 5 emissions standards.

Power and torque are unchanged from the super-smooth V6 are unchanged at 205bhp and 252Nm, but combined cycle fuel consumption improves from 31.7 to 33.6mpg, with a concurrent fall in CO2 output from 209 to 194g/km. As a result the model’s BiK tax rating is cut from 30 to 27 per cent.

Similarly, the improved engine is also under the bonnet of the 2011 IS 250C coupe-cabriolet, with an improvement in combined cycle performance to 30.7mpg and a 6g/km reduction in CO2 emissions to 213g/km.

Revised IS F-Sport

Changes to the IS 250 and 220d F-Sport models’ exterior and interior make them even more of a stand-out choice, heavily influenced by the styling of the ultra-high-performance IS F.

For 2011 F-Sport specification includes a new deep front spoiler with faired-in fog lights, new grille design and a rear spoiler with integrated stop light. The new-design 18-inch alloy wheels have a dark silver finish and black centre Lexus roundel, directly inspired by the IS F.

Inside the sports factor continues with F-Sport steering wheel, gear lever and sports pedals and front seats finished in leather and Alcantara. Extra touches of titanium-effect trim and a dark, anthracite roof liner are also introduced.
New specifications and options

Revisions elsewhere in the IS range included improvements to the SE-I specification to introduce rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming electrochromic rear view mirror and a new leather upholstery with heated front seats. There is a modest change to the rear light clusters and on IS 250 the exhaust tailpipe has a bolder circular profile in place of the previous ellipse.

New-look 17 and 18-inch wheels are available and the choice of exterior colours has been adjusted, with Ultra Blue metallic making its debut in the range. 

Comments


  • WorldofLuxury

    Very nice aha not really, but still

  • http://TLE Shane From Australia

    Despite using a revised version of the current 2.2ltr diesel donk, why is the updated model called an IS200d instead of the current designation IS220d … mmm !!

  • WorldofLuxury

    They would do that in Europe.

  • WorldofLuxury

    @Shane From Australia: apparently they’re that crazy about being green.

  • http://youtube.com/icheckvtec LFAaddict

    I’m loving the F sport…that grille, that color…my God I’m so blessed to know that’s going to be my first car.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard RDS

    Toyota’s diesel always have very low amount of power , that always being compared by idiot Hyundai .

  • Stan

    I wonder if the 200d still comes with a manual transmission…

  • http://TLE Shane From Australia

    Att : Krew … Can you please clarify something for me.

    The article states that Lexus Europe will be selling both the IS200d and the IS220d however my understanding is that both versions use the same 2.2ltr displacement engine.

    I’m a little confused !!

  • http://hostgatorworld.com/ HostGator

    lexus IS200d in 2011 i am dying to buy it.
    what is launch date ….

  • enthusiast

    The new IS 200d get 46 mpg (US) combined cycle! Why do we get hybrids? The HS 250 only gets 34 mpg combined, with similar performance. OK, it’s a little greener, but not much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard RDS

    @enthusiast:

    You’re right ! That’s why Toyota/Lexus Hybrid Drive is start to confusing people . In Japan , they even cancel the tax-free term for Hybrid . That’s also lead Toyota’s Hybrid car decrease on bill .

    I hope Toyota can develop stronger performance Diesel engine to compare with World ! Because Diesel is seriously more efficiency compare with Hybrid on Highway cruising & under some condition .

  • DuDE

    The old ISd had 175hp i belive…..

  • DuDE
  • http://my.IS jruhi4

    DuDE wrote:The old ISd had 175hp i belive…..

    Correct.

    What Lexus is doing in Europe is offering two distinct versions of the 2.2-liter, 4 cyl. diesel: a low-output 150 DIN hp version named IS 200d and a high-output 177 DIN hp version that keeps the IS 220d name.

    This isn’t just a Lexus invention: BMW, Mercedes and, possibly, Audi do this or have done this in the past, namely offering low and high-output versions of a given engine and giving each one a different model number even though one is accurate and one isn’t.

    Each country has its own vehicle taxation rules and importance given not only to fuel economy but CO2 emissions, and the UK decided to offer ONLY the lower-powered IS 200d. Germany, on the other hand, is expected to offer both IS 200d and IS 220d.

    For more detailed information on the IS in Europe:
    http://my.is/forums/f41/lexus-c-f-2011-europe-418006/

  • emptystreets130

    @Stan:

    From the article:
    ” IS 200d powered by revised 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine with diesel particulate filter (DPF), matched to six-speed manual transmission”

  • Thomas

    LFAaddict wrote:I’m loving the F sport…that grille, that color…my God I’m so blessed to know that’s going to be my first car.

    Never gonna happen. But it’s probably a nice thought as you ride around on your bike…

  • claes

    In Sweden the IS200d is considered weak.