The next Lexus IS is set to appear in late 2013 as a 2014 model.
We’ve seen spy photos of the new car in testing, and we’ve previously reported that the car will be both sportier and more upscale than the version it replaces.
We know that a hybrid version is in the works, too, although we haven’t had much detail to bring you so far. Now, Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that the IS 250h will come to market with a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine, said to be good for 200 horsepower.
More impressive, however, are the car’s fuel economy gains: compared to the current IS 250, which sucks down 8.4 liters per 100 kilometers in Euro-cycle testing (the equivalent of 28 mpg), the new car will use just 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers (the equivalent of 56 mpg).
If those numbers sound like diesel fuel economy claims to you, there’s good reason: to increase efficiency under partial engine loads, intake valves have a delayed closing. This results in thermal efficiencies very similar to diesel engines, but with lower emissions.