New Lexus IS, the smallest sedan, now gets bigger

The smallest sedan from Lexus’ line-up gets longer and wider
New triple-beam LED headlamps with the redesigned front
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integrated as standard

The premium division of Toyota Motor Company, Lexus, has taken the curtain off its smallest sedan,
the IS, due for launch next year. And now the smallest sedan gets slightly bigger than its predecessor,
being 30 mm longer and 30 mm wider than the previous model. Inspired by the larger ES model, the
Lexus IS now gets design cues similar to the ES. The mesh-designed front-grille dominates the design
with the new triple-beam LED daytime running lights.

According to Lexus, the new ‘blade design’ and hunkered down stance gives it the sporty credentials the
predecessor was somewhat missing. Lexus has also worked on the rear design with sharper rakes on the
tail lamps and is somewhat inspired by the ES as well. The idea behind the new version of the Lexus IS
is to give a fresh taste of design which resembles the rest of the lineup in the Lexus model range.
The interior is unchanged, barring a few practical changes and technological updates. The entire
dashboard is oriented towards the driver with the infotainment system sitting three-inches closer to
him/her. The base variants feature an 8-inch infotainment system without navigation, however, the top-
end and higher versions get navigation, which is a 10.3-inch unit. As a standard upgrade, both
infotainment systems get Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Powertrain options remain the same as the outgoing model – 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol pumping
out 245PS of power and a 3.5-liter V6 in two states of tune generating 265PS and 316PS. All the engine
options are coupled to their respective automatic gearbox.

Lexus claims that the new IS has an improved chassis which enhances rigidity in order to reduce the NVH
(Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) levels with improved ride comfort. In order to improve the handling,
Lexus has also put new swing valve shock absorbers with velocity valves. What they do is essentially,
stiffen up the suspension to one side when the driver intends to take a corner fast without
compromising on the comfort.

In India, there is no confirmation if this model of the Lexus IS will be introduced as the company had
claimed that the ES will be their ‘number cruncher’ being their base offering which is locally assembled.
The ES has priced in India from Rs 51.90 lakh, ex-showroom, however, the introduction of the IS in
the country will give the brand an option to compete with the entry-level models offered by the German

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