Lexus IS cars
Tim Robson checked the road and evaluated updated Lexus IS200t and IS350 with fuel consumption specifications and judgment at the Australian launch.
The IS model has served Lexus well for 17 years and is Lexus’ best-selling product ever with more than a million cars sold worldwide since 1999.
Despite this, it is under more pressure from the onslaught of SUV products – even from its own ranks in the RX form.
The support between this IS lifecycle brings it in line with the new, uncompromising, anti-conservative stance carried out by Toyota’s biggest boss, Akio Toyoda, and added an extremely necessary safety kit to IS repertoire.
Two prominent vents on the front bar mimic those at the front of the two RC doors dominate the new exterior design. They are so big that they actually extend the car by 15mm.
Lexus’s spindle grille has also been refurbished, while the narrower headlamps put IS in line with the rest of the Lexus range.
New shape daytime running lights have also been added, along with lower rear bumpers on the range, new LED taillights and new exhaust tips on IS350.
New alloys have been added to the luxury IS as well as for the IS350, and there are two new colors offered. Deep Blue is new, while Graphite Black replaces Starlight Black.
There are many incremental changes on IS ships that are difficult to detect for first-time drivers or passengers, but the total amount of internal lift to a certain extent.
The most noticeable change is the addition of a 10.3-inch multimedia screen on the entire route, replacing a 7.0-inch unit. An updated mouse-like controller has also been added, but it may feel like there are too many ways to control the system, run satellite navigation, Bluetooth, digital radio and car system options. slightly essential.
Other minor changes – all 15 – include new watches, thicker knee pads for riders and passengers, heater controls and sound boards, steering wheel switches, shift knob and door handles. inside.
Lexus even made the dash light a little brighter and redesigned the rearview mirror.
So are the cupholders, who have been redesigned to allow phone storage and more flexibility for different types of cups, including heat types with handles. Previously, they were too shallow and large to hold the cup higher.
In addition to the two cupholder up front, there are two more in the rear armrest, as well as the door-keeper bottle, vents and lights for the rear passengers. Two ISOFIX mounts are also present and accurate.
Sadly, the old-style foot brake has yet to be expelled, while the voice control system performs below average according to basic instructions. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also absent.
Boot space is rated at a reasonable level of 480 liters, although the hybrid IS300h drops by 30 liters thanks to electric gubbins under the boot floor.
The front seats are placed low, with appropriate pews that can be adjusted by electricity and both hot and vented. Rear-seat passengers are reasonably served, although taller people will want a little more knee and head room, especially if the sunroof is equipped.
Prices and features
There are nine cars in the IS range on three engines and they all start with IS200t at $ 53,490 before on-road costs.
Each of the three engines – four-cylinder, turbocharged, 2.0-liter petrol, 3.5-liter V6 petrol and 2.5-liter gasoline / electric engine – is provided in the Luxury, Intermediate F- Sport and top Sport Luxury versions.
The range topped with all the songs and dancing the IS350 Sport Luxury for $ 84,160.
All nine cars have increased in price from $ 290 to $ 950 with this facelift, but Lexus says there are plenty of standard accessories.
And there are lots of sets for coins, especially down the order.
Each IS receives 10 airbags, rear camera with rear guidance, reverse and surround sonar, automatic windshield wipers, electric hot and folding mirrors, daytime running lights, gear shift, radio Digital, LCD multi-information display, touch control above, satellite navigation, front seats with heating and ventilation, voice control information and tire pressure monitoring.
Motor and transmission
The IS200t uses Lexus’s latest 2.0-liter 8AR-FTS four-cylinder engine, producing 180kW and 350Nm.
Lexus rated 200 tons at 7.5 liters / 100km in the combined fuel economy cycle, while the IS350 six-cylinder was rated at 9.7L / 100km.
The hybrid is the star of the program, using only 4.9L / 100km, although the heaviest of the three (about 35kg) at 1720kg. All three cars can take 66 liters of fuel.
A brief test of the IS350 in the humid conditions that returned readings was 10.1 liters / 100km, while the same length test in IS200t showed a return of 8.1L / 100km.
There are not many updated stories from a mechanical standpoint, but Lexus engineers took the opportunity to update IS’s spring and shock arrangements to try and provide a better low-speed ride, while A lower alloy control arm and tough up front bushing are designed to improve the front wheel response.
A wet and misty test route did absolutely nothing to confirm the effectiveness of these changes, but did highlight the way IS350 composed and civilized, even several years in the model life of it.
IS is always the best place to handle Lexus’s four doors, which is a trait that it inherits at birth. Over the years, it has increased in size and weight, but still carries the elements of sharp handling and great driving feel that make IS different from some competitors.
A latest summary of engine specs, the IS200t in the F-Sport casing, also reinforces that a fairly good small-capacity turbo engine with plenty of torque is a great match with the chassis. drive the bridge later.
It’s a shame that IS has been over the years; With 100kg or more from the bottom line, it will go from very good to great.