Lexus brings game-chang­ing IS saloon

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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.

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