Lexus IS (2017) Specs & Price

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Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, has announced a new version of the IS sedan. Here are specifications and pricing for the 2017 Lexus IS. 

The Lexus IS, rival to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, has never been a best seller and we don't understand why. It's supremely well built and boasts levels of specification that marketers can only dream of. There are a raft of decent engines and the drive isn't bad either. For 2017, Lexus has changed its IS sedan significantly. 

The Vice President of Marketing at Lexus South Africa, Glenn Crompton says: "The Lexus IS has established a strong reputation over four generations because of its trend-setting design. All the improvements on the 2017 model have been made with the aim of enhancing driver and occupant experience."

What's New?

From the outside, the 2017 Lexus IS features a redesigned front-end with a more prominent spindle grille, new bumper with large air intakes, a more sculpted hood and standard LED headlamps. The rear gains a revised rear bumper, combination taillights and exhaust pipes. There are new alloy wheels too. The cabin gains a revised infotainment system with a 10.3-inch screen and some improvements to the interior panel finishes. 

The 2017 Lexus IS model line-up comprises three grades with two engine choices. There's the IS 200t E and EX, and IS 350 F Sport and all are available in rear wheel drive. The IS 200t models feature a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with an intercooler. It has 180 kW and 350 Nm of torque and comes with a 8-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The IS 350 F Sport has a meaty 3.5-litre V6 that produces 233 kW and 378 Nm of torque. Power reaches the rear wheels through an eight-speed SPDS automatic transmission. All derivatives feature driving modes which include  Eco, Normal and Sport modes, while the F Sport also adds Sport S+, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) and Adaptive Variable Suspension for optimal handling and superior ride quality.

Without getting too technical, there are changes to the front suspension with the aim of improving steering response and improved ride comfort. Lexus SA is claiming that the overall body rigidity has been increased, the electric power steering system has been improved and that the adaptive variable suspension has been tweaked for better ride characteristics. 

We attended the launch of the facelifted Lexus IS this week, so look out for our driving impressions coming your way later this week. 

Standard Features of the Lexus IS

IS 200t E (R601 900)

  • LED Headlamps
  • Stop & Start Technology
  • 17-inch Alloy wheels (new design)
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Headlamp cleaners
  • Smart entry
  • Auto door lock
  • Exterior mirror: retractable, heated, electric
  • Steering column: electric tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Seat Heating and ventilation
  • Drive lumbar support
  • Performance rod
  • Rear side airbags added
  • 8 speakers
  • 7-inch display
  • Radio DVD/Player
  • Remote controller
  • Clearance and back sonar (PDC)
  • Service Plan: 4-year / 100 000 km (Distance Plan)

IS 200t EX (R659 100)

  • 10-inch EMVN Player
  • Remote touch interface
  • Navigation
  • Service Plan: 4-year / 100 000 km (Distance Plan Plus)

IS 350 F SPORT (R728 800)

  • 18-inch Alloy wheels
  • Exterior mirror: auto-retractable, heated, electric, memory
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Interior mirror: electrochromatic
  • Driver seat + mirror memory
  • Steering column memory
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
  • Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)
  • Sport leather seats
  • Service Plan: 4-year / 100 000 km (Distance Plan Complete)

2017 Lexus IS Price in South Africa

IS 200t E (R601 900)
IS 200t EX (R659 100)
IS 350 F SPORT (R728 800)

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