Lexus unveils reimagined IS sports sedan
THE Australian lineup for the reimagined Lexus IS sports sedan has been unveiled, delivering a new level of luxury as standard.
In addition to a core focus on evocative design, imaginative technology and leading driving dynamics, the 2021 Lexus IS features five Australian firsts on all grades, including intersection turning assist, emergency steering assist, automated collision notification, SOS call and stolen vehicle tracking.
Other features that become standard on the Lexus IS for the first time include 18-inch alloy wheels, an electric park brake, and a new 10.3-inch touch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A pre-collision system featuring daytime/nighttime pedestrian detection plus daytime cyclist detection, all-speed active cruise control, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, blind spot monitor, parking support brake and rear cross-traffic alert+brake, also feature.
This is an addition to smart entry and start, heated and 8-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, 10-speaker audio, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic, voice control and LED headlamps with automatic high-beam.
The significant expansion of leading luxury and driver assist technology is further leveraged by enhanced body rigidity, lighter suspension components and a wider front and rear track.
It all comes together as the first Lexus to be tuned at the company’s new purpose-built ‘mini Nurburgring’ test facility in Shimoyama, Japan.
Inside the 2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport (overseas model shown)
The IS range kicks off with the 300 Luxury, powered by a 180kW and 350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It includes a retuned eight-speed automatic for more intuitive response and engaging performance.
The IS 300h Luxury delivers the innovative Lexus self charging hybrid electric system combining a 221Nm 2.5-litre normally aspirated four-cylinder engine and 300Nm electric motor.
It achieves a combined 164kW and combined cycle fuel consumption from as low as 5.1-litres/100km. Both have an optional Enhancement Pack featuring a moonroof. A second pack, known as Enhancement Pack 2, adds more.
It combines the moonroof with 19-inch alloy wheels, hi-grade LED headlamps, leather accented seat trim, ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio and power rear sunshade.
Befitting the status of the new IS as a focused driver’s car, the IS 350 is singularly available as an F Sport grade for the first time. The IS 350 boasts the acclaimed Lexus 3.5-litre normally aspirated V6 petrol engine with 232kW and 380Nm.
Along with the IS 300, it shares a reworked eight speed automatic transmission. For the first time on an IS F Sport, 19-inch alloy wheels are standard, in addition to an F Sport body kit and spoiler, and F Sport scuff plates and ornamentation.
It also grabs hi-grade LED headlamps, five mode Drive Select (Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom), adaptive variable suspension, F Sport leather accented trim, sports pedals and seats, and ventilated front seats.
The final piece of the IS 350 F Sport puzzle is an LFA-style 8.0-inch TFT driver display. it’s worth noting you can also optionally choose an F Sport grade on all three IS models. F Sport customers can also select an optional Enhancement Pack.
It includes the moonroof, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio and power rear sunshade. Starting from $61,500 (AUD) plus on-roads, the 2021 Lexus IS range will arrive on November 6. For further information or to pre-order, contact your local Lexus dealer.
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