The Lexus IS range has always proved to be a formidable alternative to the more typical executive sedan options, now with the updated Lexus family face and image will the perceived image gap grow insignificant?
2020 Lexus IS Specs
The Sporty muscular look is said to hint at Lexus’ Driving Signature of performance, ethos that integrated the extensive engineering process that has resulted in the high focus on driver engagement and control. Lexus claims these will be the standards to which all new vehicles will be subject to, and thusly the change in focus should result in some interesting alternatives to key rival brands. The ‘New Look’ Lexus family face synergy carries through with the combination of a newly revised Spindle three-dimensional front grill, L-Shape LED lighting and angular lines that carry throughout the entirety of the bodyline of the vehicle. This beefer look is carried through the wider rear and new 19-Inch alloy wheels, that has created the necessity to widen the track 45mm in the front and 50mm in the rear. An updated version of Lexus Saftey Sense Plus will provide for driver autonomy through Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Emergency Steering Assist Pre-Collision Systems, High Beam Assist and Lane Tracing Assist.
The focus on smooth “Linear vehicle operation”, hints to the overall refined drivability of the vehicle with the extensive development at Toyota’s Shimoyama Technical Centre, which focused on the behavioural dynamics of the vehicle. Retaining the rear-wheel-drive platform this should in-effect create a better-mannered vehicle.
2021 Lexus IS Drivetrains
The IS range will now feature both a 2Litre turbo-petrol and a hybrid electric 2.5Litre 4-cylinder to serve as the entry-level IS200 and 250h respectively. The IS300 derivative will feature a more powerful version of the same turbo 4-pot and with the option of the more adaptive approach to the driving experience, or the Combination of a hybrid System orientated for better throttle inputs and economy. The F-Sport flagship will feature the 3.5litre V6 and around 230kW. The transmission will be the 8-Speed ZF found in almost anything these days but with good reason given its versatility.
2021 Lexus IS Interior
The major benefactor of the new Lexus approach to vehicle design and ergonomics should prove to be the interior. The update brings a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the now obligatory Andriod Auto and Carplay. A 360-degree camera with parking support that will break and steer the vehicle. Updated accents and climate control interface and the touchpad that allows main control over the interface. Door trims are embossed, and interior decorative elements finished in Ash or Black Geometric Film. F-Sport models get a more illustrious Satin Chrom finish and the option of a Flare Red.
2021 Lexus IS range in South Africa
With the set arrival for the first quarter of 2021 the IS range currently starts of pricing at R747 800 and with the entry-level models this is likely to fall, Considering the current economic climate and rising new car prices even an entry point of sub-R600k will make this a pricy car, but it should argue its value and worth vehemently.
The IS range will be sold standard with a maintenance plan and 7-Year Lexus Warranty.
Toyota’s premium brand Lexus and its launch of the UX luxury sub-compact has slowly been eating away at the market share and growing in popularity among buyers. Offering extensive features and provides the first insight into the instalment of Lexus vehicles underpinned by new Toytota GA- Crossover architecture. January brought an extension to the UX range with the base 200 EX. The same EX spec level has been applied to the Hybrid powered variant to create a more accessible entry point to the segment.
Lexus UX 250h EX Drivetrain
Set to slot in beneath the top-spec UX 250h SE, the understanding the ‘h’ nomenclature and is a symbolism of the hybrid drivetrain. The 250h EX gains the same 2.0litre 107kW petrol engine, which when assisted by the duality of two electric motors providing electrification produces 135kW. Almost atypical of a Toyota product their firm support of the CVT transmission in conjunction with the 180Nm of torque drives the 8.5second 0-100 sprint. The crucial element to the EX 250h should be fuel consumption and given the 4.5l/100km claimed fuel consumption, this coupled with the high level of specification which should make this a worrisome offering to the self-proclaimed German diesel loyalists.
UX 250h EX Specs and interior
Internally the EX still keeps to the demands of its segment and the bull-ish features list makes this clear with the same modern appeal of the new age Toyota era. The 10.3-inch Infotainment system is driven by the centre console-mounted Remote Touch Interface touchpad.
Lexus Connect features as a highlight, the addition of Andriod Auto and CarPlay now comes standard throughout the range in addition to the in-car Wifi. The bulk of the active Lexus Safety System reserved for the SE traditional cruise control and Lastest in there LED lighting technology lacking only in Adaptive Highbeam and boasting a single reward facing reverse camera. Impressive build quality and the high standard spec niceties, that fall part of options packages with other brands like wireless charging, dual-zone climate control and 8-Speaker High clarity audio system. Synthetic Nulux leather seat material is used internally, and the Fronts Seats remain heated and electric.
Lexus UX 250h EX Pricing in South Africa
With the force like influence into Hybrid Technology by parent company Toyota. Lexus is growing to have the same energy that Toyota has with this the updated Architecture-based products and the UX range expresses true premium crossover contention. Lexus’ 21% foothold in the Hybrid market is likely to keep climbing. Only a drive of the new model will tell but we cant wait.
With the Toyota variant of the same platform promising a Yaris Based SUV the crossover and compact SUV market and Toyota build quality heritage may make Likely be both a Stike One and Two for rivals.
Lexus South Africa have added a new model to the IS range, the IS 200t.
The new engine found in the Lexus is a 2.0-litre turbocharged one, producing 180 kW and 350 Nm. This engine is well welcomed considering that your only choice between it is a 3.5 litre V6 normally aspirated engine. A non-boosted 3.5 litre V6 may be quite exciting to drive for many but it’s a bit behind the times in this segment. Practically all the brands in this segment have gone the smaller boosted engine route and Lexus have followed suit.
The characteristics of the new IS 200t E and EX are surely going to change with the new engine, giving the car a more excitable persona. The IS 200t is equipped with an 8 Speed automatic gearbox, not the same ZF unit found in the ISF though. The new engine will bring economy benefits to the car too, Lexus claim a combined cycle of 7.5 litres/ 100km which is optimistically good.
This new engine in the IS is well matched to the likes of the BMW 330i, Jaguar’s 2.0-litre turbo in the XE and Mercedes Benz’s C300 when it comes to output. In terms of specification, Lexus has always thrown in a good amount of equipment as standard which are extras in its rivals. This includes electric seats, which can be heated and ventilated. PDC is also standard as well as a colour infotainment screen in the E model, the EX model adds SatNav and Reverse camera to the list.
Regarding consumer appeal, the IS is the most elusive in the group with the former brands being more popular. This is not a bad thing though because many people long for something a different, so maybe this new addition to Lexus South Africa’s range may be just what some need. The pricing for the new Lexus IS 200t E and EX is as follows.