April saw Lexus unveil the new-look IS at the Beijing Auto Show, exhibiting a completely transformed offering that’s sure to set the automotive world alight when it hits the roads of the world.
This fourth-generation Lexus IS will hopefully build on the success of previous generations, with each and every new model surpassing expectations and gaining in popularity – and this newest incarnation is ready for the challenge, armed with striking new styling and a number of significant alterations.
The same three engine offerings from the current IS will be available with the refreshed model, but the entire body has undergone an incredible transformation, plus new exterior and interior colours are now available, offering a wider choice.
A sleek shape, larger air intakes and a revamped spindle grille make this new IS look even more aggressive than those that have gone before, and eye-catching L-shaped front and rear lights are now more pronounced, with those at the front featuring Daytime Running Lights. New rectangular chrome exhaust tips and 10-spoke, 17-inch wheels as standard complete the remarkable new look for the Lexus IS.
The sporty cabin of the new IS features many well-considered enhancements, including an ultramodern multimedia system complete with a 10.3-inch screen that presents a crisp, clear image. The Remote Touch Interface (RTI) on the centre console features an ‘Enter’ button for easier usage, plus the control panel for audio and ventilation has been redesigned for improved aesthetics.
As you would expect from any Lexus, safety is paramount and this new IS features the state-of-the-art Lexus Safety System + that combines the innovative Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Radar Cruise Control, keeping IS occupants as safe and secure as possible at all times.