By Otsile Kadiege
Last year Lexus launched the new IS 300h range in South Africa and today the Japanese automaker’s local arm announced specification changes to the brand’s sports sedan.
As part of the current spec change, three modifications were made: from an aesthetics point of view, the IS hybrid badge and the blue colour logo have been removed – this is due to Lexus’ future strategy to market and sell vehicles that fit into the brand’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) offering – hybrids, plug-in hybrids and/or full electric; the full range’s push start button colour has been changed from blue to gun metallic; and finally, the most exciting change is the inclusion of a sunroof in the F Sport model grade. Previously, the sunroof was available as standard only in the SE grade.
Lexus IS standard features
Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels for the EX and SE (19-inch for the F Sport), an electric park brake, 10.3-inch touch-display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, a pre-collision system for the SE grade and F Sport featuring daytime/night-time pedestrian detection plus daytime cyclist detection, all-speed active cruise control (SE and F Sport), lane tracing assist (SE and F Sport), blind-spot monitor (SE and F Sport), rear cross-traffic alert+brake, as well as a panoramic view monitor for the SE and F Sport when reversing.
In addition to smart entry and start, heated-and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, 10-speaker audio for the EX grade and 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound for SE and F Sport grades. The SE and F Sport models also come standard with satellite navigation, voice control and LED headlamps with automatic high beam.
The IS boasts a petrol-hybrid 2.5-litre CVT engine that achieves a maximum power of 133kW @ 6000rpm and maximum torque of 221Nm @ 4200-5400rpm. The models achieve a total system output of 164kW. The IS has a combined-cycle fuel consumption from as low as 5.2l/100 km. The 0-100 km/h sprint is dispatched in 8.7 seconds with a top speed of 200 km/h.
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