2010 Lexus IS Convertible Details and Prices

Together with the presentation of the Lexus RX 450h, the Japanese manufacturer has also released official information of the generation IS convertibles, the IS 250C and IS 350C hardtops. MSRP prices for the new IS range are $38,490 for the IS 250C with a six-speed manual transmission, $39,660 for the IS 250C for the version with a six-speed automatic transmission and $43,940 for the IS 350C.

The IS 250C makes use of a 2.5l V6 engine, developing 204 horsepower. The unit is mated, as we mentioned above, to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The IS 350C on the other hand packs a bit more punch, as its 3.5l V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission develops 306 horsepower.

The four-seaters from the IS range have a three-panel roof that opens in just 20 seconds. When designing the convertibles, the manufacturer integrated a number of body-structure changes to add to the cars' strength, roll-over protection and torsional rigidity.

The same safety features which can be found on the sedan are present in the convertibles as well, including Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and the Pre-Collision System (PCS).

On the interior as well, the IS convertibles draw inspiration from the sedan version. Still, as required in an open-top, the instrument gauges have been revised to increase visibility during top-down driving, while the climate-control system has a speed-sensitive control feature that automatically increases air flow when the top is down.

In addition a one-touch automatic mechanism provides easier egress and ingress through front-seat fold-and-slide activation. Rear-seat comfort is enhanced by shifting seat position inboard, providing improved headroom.

All of the IS convertible versions will become available in May. Each of them is subject to an extra $875 handling, delivery and processing fee.
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