Lexus IS range

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Lexus’s re­designed and ex­panded IS range has ar­rived in New Zealand, show­cas­ing a more mus­cu­lar ex­te­rior look, a sportier cock­pit and more in­te­rior space, a raft of new tech­nolo­gies and – for the first time in the range – a ded­i­cated Lexus Hy­brid Drive ver­sion.

Prices start from $ 73,995, and the main aim of the new de­sign was to project a sportier, driver- ori­ented, im­age.

Says Neeraj Lala, Lexus NZ gen­eral man­ager of prod­uct plan­ning: “The third gen­er­a­tion IS line- up has been re­designed from the ground up and the IS250 and IS350 have been specif­i­cally en­gi­neered to be the best han­dling com­pact lux­ury sedans in the mar­ket.”

The range is pow­ered by a mix of 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre V6 petrol en­gines ( IS250 and IS350), as well as the ad­di­tion of a newly de­vel­oped 2.5-litre four cylin­der Atkin­son Cy­cle en­gine paired with the Lexus Hy­brid Drive sys­tem ( IS300h).

All ver­sions of the IS sports sedan have the in­tu­itive Drive Mode Se­lect sys­tem found in GS and LS mod­els. This sys­tem fea­tures up to four switch­able driv­ing modes – Eco, Nor­mal, Sport S and, for mod­els fit­ted with Adap­tive Vari­able Sus­pen­sion ( AVS), Sport S+.

F Sport ver­sion will be avail­able in New Zealand for all three IS mod­els, in­clud­ing the 152kW IS250 F Sport, priced at $ 84,995, the 162kW IS300h F Sport, ($ 91,995) and the 228kW IS350 F Sport ($105,995).

The F Sport per­for­mance pack­age of­fers spe­cially tuned front and rear sus­pen­sion, along with a host of driver-fo­cused at­tributes such as sports ped­als, sports front seats, steer­ing wheel, exclusive front bumper de­tail­ing, and the “driver’s me­ter” with mov­ing cen­tre ring in­spired by that used in the Lexus LFA su­per­car.

The new car has a longer wheel­base and wider body than its pre­de­ces­sor, with more cabin space, 60: 40 split-fold­ing rear seats, and im­proved lug­gage ca­pac­ity. The IS250 car­ries over max­i­mum braked tow rat­ing of 1,500kg, and the IS350 now has the same.

The IS300h hy­brid of­fers com­bined power from the 2.5-litre four cylin­der Atkin­son Cy­cle petrol en­gine and the elec­tric mo­tor of 164kW. The Lexus hy­brid pow­er­train fea­tures is fit­ted in a rear­wheel drive ve­hi­cle for the first time.

Claimed fuel con­sump­tion for the IS300h, which is also avail­able in F Sport guise, of­fers an en­gag­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, is 4.9L/100km and CO2 emis­sions of 113g/ km. Price is $ 80,995 and braked tow rat­ing is 750kg.

In­side the cabin, greater em­pha­sis has been placed on pro­vid­ing a sportier, more re­fined cock­pit, and in­creased com­fort and space. The cen­tre con­sole uses pre­mium soft-touch sur­face ma­te­ri­als, as well as unique con­trollers that re­quire a sim­ple fin­ger touch against the tem­per­a­ture con­troller to ma­nip­u­late the car’s cli­mate con­trol air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem.

Stan­dard fea­tures across the IS range in­clude key­less en­try and start, Blue­tooth hands-free, phone book ac­ces­si­bil­ity and au­dio stream­ing, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and a re­vers­ing cam­era (with front and rear park­ing as­sist mon­i­tor­ing), all ac­ces­si­ble through a full colour seven-inch high res­o­lu­tion dis­play screen and the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of Lexus’ Re­mote Touch in­ter­face.

The con­toured cross- quilted front seats ( or unique sports seats in F Sport mod­els) have gen­uine leather facings, are multi-way ad­justable, and of­fer both seat heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion across the en­tire range.

Limited grade IS mod­els fea­ture a 15- speaker Mark Levin­son Pre­mium Sur­round Sound au­dio sys­tem – also avail­able as an op­tion in F Sport mod­els.

Safety fea­tures in­clud­ing stylised L- shaped LED day­time run­ning lights ( sep­a­rated out from the main head light clus­ter for the first time), a Lexus Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics in­te­grated man­age­ment sys­tem, a ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tem, trac­tion con­trol and, for Limited grades, lane de­par­ture alert and an au­to­matic high beam sys­tem.

A pop- up bon­net de­signed to lessen pedes­trian in­juries in a col­li­sion makes its de­but in the IS range and, on F Sport and Limited mod­els, a blind spot mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and dy­namic radar cruise con­trol are stan­dard, while the en­try-level IS250 and IS350 can be op­tioned with an ac­tive pre- crash safety sys­tem and dy­namic radar cruise Con­trol.

The cars are in show­rooms now.

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