Lexus brings game-changing IS saloon
It was just
last week that we came back from Japan mightily impressed after driving the new 2014 Lexus IS. And this week Al-Futtaim Motors has launched the BMW3 Series-baiting saloon in the UAE. Sporting a more angular and bolder version of the trademark spindle grille that debuted in the GS, the IS delivers dynamic thrills that do justice to the car’s sporty looks, as we found out in Japan. So we couldn’t help but nod in agreement when Lexus deputy chief engineer Naoki Kobayashi said at the launch that the “amazingly responsive” IS will engage the driver on “an emotional level”. The new IS is available in two powertrain options; the IS 250 is powered by a 2.5-litre V6 mated to a six-speed auto, while the IS 350 gets a 3.5-litre V6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The car is on sale now across the country with prices starting at Dh150,000.