Lexus has announced full pricing and details for its new IS 250C coupe/convertible. With a folding metal hard-top, it’s aimed squarely at the BMW 3 Series Convertible.
The IS 250C is the latest addition to the Lexus range. Its exterior design shares only the bonnet, headlamps, door handles and mirrors with the existing Lexus IS saloon, and it has the fastest folding metal roof of any car in its sector, taking just 21 seconds to open or close.
It also claims class-leading boot space – 235 litres roof-down or 583 litres roof-up – and generous rear passenger accommodation, achieved by moving the rear seats slightly more towards the centre of the car compared with the saloon and adopting a slender front seat design.
Lexus 250C is lavishly equipped
As is the norm with Lexus, the IS 250C’s level of standard equipment is massively comprehensive.
It includes eight-way power-adjustable front seats, electronic climate control specially adapted for open-top driving and a powerful stereo system that also adjusts itself depending on the roof position. Other neat features include rear headrests that automatically fold forward when the rear seats are not occupied, improving driver visibility.
Safety equipment includes the latest Lexus stability control system (ESC), plus a Pre-Crash Safety system that helps protect occupants when it detects that an accident is imminent.
The IS 250C is powered by a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 205bhp.Using direct injection technology, it manages 30.4mpg while emitting 219g/km CO2 – respectable for this kind of car but hardly mindblowing. The 0-62mph sprint takes 9.0 seconds and top speed is 130mph.
250C pricing and trim levels
There are two models available, the IS 250C SE-I, priced from £34,550, and the the IS 250C SE-L, priced from £39,540.
The differences include standard satellite navigation on the SE-L, quality of leather, seat ventilation, and high-tech touches such as adaptive headlights and auto-dimming door mirrors in addition to the standard auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Satellite navigation is optional on the SE-I, while the SE-L can be upgraded with a multimedia package.
Given its level of equipment, the Lexus IS 250C is well-priced to give premium convertible buyers pause for consideration. It’s available to order now, with first deliveries in July.
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