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Lexus Manila rolls out IS300C

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Text: / Photos: Brent Co, Lexus | posted August 27, 2009 00:00

First convertible in Lexus Manila lineup

Lexus Manila rolls out its first convertible to be sold locally, the IS 300C. The IS 300C model has the expressiveness of a convertible, and the athletic styling of a coupe.

The IS Convertible model features the same powertrain as the IS sedans. The IS 300C's 3.0-liter V6 engine has a great combination of fuel efficiency and performance, producing 170kW @6200rpm and 300Nm@4400rpm. The engine utilizes aluminum cylinder blocks and heads, while employing dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which controls timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts.

The IS 300C's new exterior design has its lineage in the IS sedan but possesses its own dynamic styling, including unique characteristics when interchanging between convertible and coupe configurations. With the exception of the hood, all other body panels have been redesigned to blend seamlessly with the new three-panel folding roof.

The rear view features a clean, continuous design, with flowing bumper corners and a strong bumper shape that flows inward towards the exhaust. All-new combination tail-lamp clusters feature LED lights and two distinct horizontal lines that emphasize breadth, while the LED brake light integrated within the standard rear spoiler imparts a sporty impression.

The IS Convertible features new wheels unique from the IS sedan line up. Standard 17-inch wheels utilize two multi-layered five-spoke patterns for a contemporary 10-spoke design with a clean liquid-graphite finish.

The IS Convertible interior maintains the luxury touch points associated with the IS sport sedans, while new comfort and entertainment features provide a consistent atmosphere regardless of top configuration. Special attention was given to providing an attractive interior design when viewing the convertible externally. The door and side trim are fashioned to create continuity and continuous flow from front to back.

A four-seat configuration provides each passenger with their own comfort space, and the rear-seat console enhances the rear-passenger amenities with cup holders and storage. Soft padding on the sides of the console and the outer trim areas improve comfort. The rear headrests are retractable for improved visibility and the lever can easily be accessed from the rear console or from the driver's seat. Rear-seat comfort is enhanced by shifting seat position inward, providing sizable headroom.

Nine colours are available on the convertible; white pearl crystal shine, dark grey mica, silver mica metallic, black, red mica, dark blue mica, exceed blue metallic, silvery blue metallic, and cattleya mica metallic.

The IS 300 C is offered at Php 3,978,000 and is available at the Lexus Manila Showroom in Fort Bonifacio Global City.