|Lexus Malaysia today revealed their latest variant for the year, the all-new Lexus IS. The first generation Lexus IS first debut in 1999 and lasted till 2005. Along came the second generation Lexus from 2006 – 2013, available in the IS250 2.5-liter and IS350 3.5-liter; up 0.5-liter compared to the previous generation’s IS200 and IS300.|
The third generation Lexus IS is now offered in four versions; the base IS 250, IS 250 Luxury, IS 250 F-Sport and IS 300 h (Hybrid). The newest IS variant is all about that ‘Fun to Drive’ factor, which means the Lexus IS generally delivers a pleasurable driving experience. Every aspect of the new IS has been engineered with a renewed focus on performance, agility and steady driving dynamics.
In terms of looks, the new IS takes up the current most recognizable Lexus front fascia element – the spindle grille. The L-shaped daytime running lights are one of the many front fixtures on the new IS range. At the side, character lines and wide-flared wheel arches marry the car’s masculinity with an elegant persona, whilst providing an impressionable road presence and the Lexus branding. From the rear, the contoured shape with the step bumper, twin exhaust, and the exquisite ‘L’ LED-strip rearlights are instantly bonafide Lexus trademarks. Wheels and tyres specifications for the base IS 250 and 300 h are 5-spoke alloys, 17-inch; while the Luxury IS 250 and F-sport version take on multi-spoke alloys,18-inch tyres. The IS 300h even takes on run-flat tyres.
In general, every exterior section has been shaped for smooth airflow and aero-stabilizing fins have even been added in important sections to direct the airflow optimally around the body. Dimension-wise, the latest IS has been slightly extended: wheelbase +70mm, length +80mm and width +10. The height measurement remains similar to its predecessor at 1430mm.
Across the Lexus IS range, the premium interior is well-represented within the plush cabin of either IS 250s and IS 300h. At a glance of the instrument cluster, the LF-A digital instrument display is valid for the IS 250 F-Sport, while the two large-diameter combination meters with a center 4.2-inch color TFT liquid crystal multi-monitor are fitted in the other two IS 250s. Prevalent interior highlights are, Lexus Audio 8-speaker audio system or the Mark Levinson Audio system (IS 250 F-Sport only); 7-inch touch screen with EMVN (Electro Multi vision Navigation) and LDA (Lexus Display Audio); a blue-illuminated analog clock on the center of the dashboard, which is predominantly black with silver trimmings; 60:40 split/folding rear backrests; and a Convenience Console with a meticulous layout of switches, controls (including a sliding haptic Touch joystick), and storage spaces between the front seats.
Beneath the hood, the rear-wheel drive Lexus IS 250 is powered by a 2.5 liter V6 powerplant that produces 205hp @ 6,400rpm and 252Nm of torque @ 4,800rpm. The engine is matched to a six-speed ECT with sequential manual-shifting transmission. The transmission allows rev-matched downshifts in one of the available drive modes, SPORT; the other two modes are ECO and Normal.
For the IS 300h, the Lexus Hybrid Drive System uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine (178 bhp) with an electric motor (141 bhp) that has been specially designed for use with a rear-wheel drive layout. A 230V, 192-cell nickel-metal hydride battery stores electrical energy for the motor. The hybrid IS has a class-leading average fuel consumption of 20.4km/liter and emissions is at an unbelievable <100g/km.
A plethora of standard safety features for the IS range include; 8 airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Tyre Pressure Warning System, Park Assist Monitor, Rear View Monitor System, and for the first time the Pop-up Hood which works with a sensor at the front bumper and is a fixture that assists to prevent serious pedestrian injuries.
The Lexus IS 250 line-up’s price range runs from RM 269,900 (base model) till RM 333,000 (F-Sport), and the IS 300h goes for RM 383,000. All prices don’t include insurance.
Lexus IS images