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It's been rumored for months, but now it's confirmed: Lexus will unveil the IS 250 convertible in Paris this October. The Lexus IS 250 C will be the third derivative of the IS range and will go into production early next year. IS 250 and 350 variants are planned, but in order to capitalize on the gotta-have-it crowd's penchant for The New – and the demise of the SC 430 – Lexus will likely roll out the 350 variant further down the line. Expect an IS F version to follow sometime in late 2009 or early 2010.

Make the jump for the press release.



International debut for IS 250 C at the Mondial de l'Automobile
LF-Xh hybrid concept car, highlighting a new tonality of L-finesse design
LS 460 with permanent All-Wheel Drive

Lexus will reveal the new IS 250 Convertible during its press conference at the Paris Motor Show on 2 October.

Following the launch earlier this year of the ultra-high performance IS F, this will be the third derivative in the IS range.

Also on display at Paris will be the LF-Xh hybrid concept vehicle, the new LS 460 AWD with permanent all-wheel drive and a full-line up of Lexus Hybrid Drive models.

Lexus remains the first - and only - premium automotive manufacturer to offer a comprehensive hybrid model range, comprising the RX 400h, the world's first hybrid SUV; the GS 450h performance hybrid saloon; and the ultra-luxurious LS 600h flagship limousine.

LF-Xh hybrid concept
The Lexus LF-Xh hybrid concept car highlighted the potential for Lexus's L-finesse design philosophy to be applied to different artistic and creative spheres far beyond the language of car design when it made its European debut at the Museo della Permanente art gallery during Milan Design Week earlier this year.

Now appearing in the more conventional surroundings of an international motor show, the LF-Xh features powerful, highly sculptural bodywork, an elegant, user-intuitive interior and an all-wheel drive Lexus Hybrid Drive system, which combines a powerful V6 petrol engine with high output electric motors. Finished all in black, the LF-Xh has a dynamic presence. Its combination of advanced environmental technology, outstanding driving performance, near-silent operation, excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions perfectly reflects Lexus's forward-thinking mindset for a future generation of vehicles.

LS 460 AWD
Two years on from the European launch of the fourth generation of Lexus's flagship saloon, the LS 460's outstanding performance, sure-footed dynamic abilities and ground-breaking active safety systems have been further strengthened by the addition of permanent all-wheel drive.

The all-wheel drive system has a three-differential configuration, with a highly compact Type C TORSEN® Limited Slip Differential (LSD) that distributes drive power between the front and rear axles with a 40:60 rear axle torque bias. The highly responsive torque distribution is continuously controlled and optimised according to driving conditions, and can be varied between a 50:50 to 30:70 split between front and rear axles. This enhances the vehicle's grip, traction and cornering stability under acceleration to class-leading levels.

Further information and images will be released at the Lexus press conference at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday, 2 October, at 2.45pm in Hall 4.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes no sense to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't get it. Why would only offering the base model first satisfy the penchant for people missing the V8 powered SC430? Or are they just saying the 350 just isn't finsihed yet and its easier to bring the 250 out now?

      Either way, that makes no sense to me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As I wrote in this my.IS Front Page article:

        "For those commentators on the Autoblog article freaking out over the fact that the Lexus Europe Press Release only mentions the IS 250 C, it's virtually certain that Lexus is merely repeating the strategy they used for the launch of the 2nd-generation IS: the World Premiere of the IS 250 at an European auto show, followed by the IS 250 American Premiere/IS 350 World Premiere at an American auto show. And which one would host the IS 350 C World Premiere? The 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show (with Press Days on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November; and open to the public from Friday 21 thru Sunday 30 November) is by far the likeliest venue, with the earlier South Florida Auto Show in Miami (with a Friday 7 November Press Day and open to the public from Friday 7 thru Sunday 16 November) a much more remote possibility.
      • 6 Years Ago
      'Bout freakin time.

      • 6 Years Ago
      What about a retractable hardtop?

      POS Press Release
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hope the IS 250 C is not ugly like the SC430.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do not know if want.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They are announcing IS250 in Paris, because IS350 is not sold in Europe :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't remember how long the current generation IS has been out, but it just seems to make more sense to me to redesign the vehicle with these variants in mind than to keep churning out different versions of a platform that wasn't designed for them.