Lexus New IS 2021
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Lexus New IS 2021
The new, reimagined Lexus IS sports sedan has been launched in South Africa, and it manages to improve upon every aspect of its character that makes the IS such a compelling sports sedan.
Three specification levels are available: the IS 300h EX, IS 300h SE and IS 300h F SPORT. Every Lexus comes with an exhaustive list of standard equipment. It starts with 18-inch alloy wheels for the EX and SE (19-inch for the F SPORT), a new 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. All IS models get wireless smart entry and push start functionality, heated electric front seats, dual-zone climate control, navigation and voice control. While the EX model gets an impressive 10-speaker sound system, the SE and F SPORT models go above and beyond with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
Sometimes you do need to judge a book by its cover, and the Lexus IS is such a case – sexy to the point of distraction, it conveys to the world how capable a vehicle it is, without showing off or resorting to anything crass or pretentious. It is a class act, from the tip of that spindle family grille, down the sculpted sides and to the end of the daring, angular boot, while the profile is distinctly that of a four-door coupe. Bold LED lights emphasise each of the four corners, complete with single-blade rear combination lights sporting an ‘L’ motif.
The range-topping F SPORT model is even more exciting, with a number of unique features that make it even sportier looking: body kit and spoiler, scuff plates and ornamentation, a dramatic mesh grille finished in piano black and exclusive 19-inch alloy rims with a dark-metallic finish.
Lexus invested huge resources in getting the handling of the IS up to class-leading heights. This was based on mechanical prowess, such as rear-wheel-drive dynamics, enhanced body rigidity, lighter suspension components and a wider front and rear track, all coming together as the first Lexus tuned at the company's new purpose-built 'mini Nurburgring' test facility in Shimoyama, Japan. These physical attributes were then complemented by state-of-the-art electronic drivers aids. The F SPORT, as expected, goes beyond even this, with five-mode Drive Select (Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom) and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The result is the first Lexus to debut the ‘Lexus Driving Signature’ that will become the development standard for all future Lexus models. The Lexus Driving Signature is defined by linear vehicle operation that is faithful to a driver's intentions, providing seamless transition from braking to steering and acceleration through a corner.
Safety is always an overwhelming priorty with Lexus, and the IS either matches or exceeds the active safety technology featured in the current flagship Lexus LS! Standard on the SE and F SPORT grades, the new Lexus Safety System+ supports pre-collision warning (from approximately 10 to 180km/h), pre-collision brake assist (from approximately 30 to 80km/h with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, or approximately 30 to 180km/h with a detected preceding or stopped vehicle),
these systems are designed to work with both daytime and night-time pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection.
At an intersection, the pre-collision system is designed to provide a warning alert, then braking, if a driver is turning in front of a detected oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane or pedestrian in the opposite direction. It is also the first Lexus to offer emergency steering assist (ESA), which is designed to automatically apply additional steering torque to assist the driver in manoeuvring within its lane around an unforeseen pedestrian (for example) walking ahead.
Big news in respect of IS powerplants is that this is the first time that every model in the range is powered by a hybrid system. A 2.5-litre petrol engine does the grunt work, while electric motors add extra power and torque, at the same time reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Total power output is 164kW, 133kW of which comes from the petrol engine, which also contributes 221Nm of torque to the cause. The results of this ultra-modern petrol-hybrid system are a combined average fuel consumption of just 5.2 litres per 100km, despite being able to accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in just 8.7 seconds, with a top speed of 200km/h.
The Lexus IS models retail from R841 300 for the EX grade, R899 800 for the SE grade and R916 100 for the F SPORT. The entire IS range boasts a best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan. The vehicle service intervals are pegged at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year.