The brand new Australian lineup for the Lexus IS sports sedan has been disclosed to the public with spectacular equipped level of luxury with addition to its all new evocative design, technology and driving dynamics.
The car consists of an intersection turning assist, emergency steering assist, automated collision notification, and an SOS application for call and stolen vehicle tracking with more convenient features. Other distinctive features supplemented with this car are the 18-inch alloy wheels (replacing 17-inch), an electric park brake (replacing foot-operated), new 10.3-inch touch-display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto , a pre-collision system featuring daytime/night-time pedestrian detection plus daytime cyclist detection, all-speed active cruise control , lane tracing assist , road sign assist , blind-spot monitor , parking support brake and rear cross-traffic alert-brake, and this set of features ensures a sense of safety, security and a more comfortable ride throughout. This car already contained a primitive set of significant features, some of them are: smart entry and start, heated and 8-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone Climate control, 10-speaker audio, DAB+ , satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic, voice control and LED headlamps with automatic high-beam.
The marked expansion which is developed within the New Lexus is further more improvised for delivering a strong back outer support which includes the car’s body rigidity, lighter suspension components and a wider front and rear track.
And all this is an addition to the first Lexus tuned at the company’s new purpose-built “Mini Nurburgring” test facility in Shimoyama, Japan.
The new Lexus IS sedan contains the IS 300 Luxury powered by a 180kW and 350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is now Euro 6 emissions adaptable. It includes a retuned eight-speed automatic for more innate response and engaging performance delivery. For an additional $3,000 – from $64,500 – the IS 300h Luxury delivers the innovative Lexus self-charging hybrid electric system combining a 221Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine and 300Nm electric motor. It achieves a combined 164kW and combined-cycle fuel consumption from as low as 5.1 liters per 100 kilometers.
IS 300 Luxury and IS 300h Luxury customers can select a $2,000-optional Enhancement Pack featuring a Moonroof. Alternatively, IS 300 Luxury and IS 300h Luxury customers can select a $5,500-optional Enhancement Pack combining a moon roof with 19-inch alloy wheels, hi-grade LED headlamps, leather-accented seat trim, ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio and power rear sunshade.
Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the new Lexus IS will reinvigorate the medium sedan class with its stunning focus on three key attributes.
“An intense focus on evocative design, imaginative technology and leading driving dynamics will help ensure a new generation of Lexus customers are welcomed into IS sports sedan ownership. The sports focus of the new IS, alongside the luxurious ES, together deliver two distinct personalities for the Lexus customers to select from in this segment”. says Scott Thompson
The Pricing – New Lexus IS
|IS 300 Luxury||$61,500 (Rs. 31.93 lakh)|
|IS 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack||$63,500|
|IS 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2||$67,000|
|IS 300 F Sport||$70,000|
|IS 300 F Sport with Enhancement Pack||$73,100|
|IS 300h Luxury||$64,500|
|IS 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack||$66,500|
|IS 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2||$70,000|
|IS 300h F Sport||$73,000|
|IS 300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack||$76,100|
|IS 350 F Sport||$75,000|
|IS 350 F Sport with Enhancement Pack||$78,100 (Rs. 40.56 lakh)|
All new Evocative Design – New Lexus IS
The car is designed in regards to its compact, slick and long design with a concept of a low and wide stance, the sleek proportions of a four-door coupe, slimmer headlights and a lower, sharper side character line that combine to express a center of gravity closer to the ground makes it a considerable sedan.
The car displays an aggressive bold look due to its sloped rear-quarter pillars, which help form a sleek cabin silhouette that wraps around from the sides, contrast with muscular rear guards making the look more appealing.
The car contains the new 10.3-inch touch-display, which has been moved forward 150mm compared with the previous IS. In addition to the car is equipped with the New 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio, which is standard on the IS Luxury with Enhancement Pack and IS F Sport with Enhancement Pack, also raises the bar compared with the 15-speaker system in the previous IS.
Imaginative Design – New Lexus IS
The new Lexus stands up to the active safety technology which is already featured in the current flagship Lexus LS. This car includes the a new Lexus Safety System which 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), and pre-collision braking (from approximately 10 to 80km/h with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, or approximately 10 to 180km/h with a detected preceding or stopped vehicle).
These particular systems are created to work both daytime and night-time pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection.
Some alterations to the car supplements the following: At an intersection, the pre-collision system is designed to provide an automatic warning alert then braking if a driver is turning right or left in front of a detected oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane or pedestrian in the opposite direction.
It is also considered as the first Lexus to offer emergency steering assist (ESA), which is specifically delineated to automatically apply additional steering torque to assist the driver in maneuvering within its lane around an unforeseen pedestrian whilst walking ahead.
And for the first time, the new Lexus in Australia is set to debut its Lexus Connected Services, including automated collision notification, SOS-call and stolen vehicle tracking – further information on the roll-out of these features will become available for everyone soon.
Leading Driving Dynamics – The New Lexus IS
There’s been a huge amount of effort put into deriving the renowned rear-wheel drive dynamics of a new Lexus IS.
The new IS becomes the first Lexus to debut the “Lexus Driving Signature” that will be considered the development standard for all future Lexus models. The “Lexus Driving Signature” is defined by linear vehicle operation that is believed to a driver’s intentions, providing seamless transition from braking to steering and acceleration through a corner.
These Lexus dynamic values were achieved by checking out the country road test course at the company’s new technical centre in Shimoyama, Japan, started in 2019.
The country road test course is relied upon many years of Lexus experience of driving on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is famous throughout the world for its demanding and wearying driving conditions. It was taken out into consideration because of its advantageous local topography of the area, featuring approximately a 75-metre change in elevation, a wide range of curves and a variety of road surfaces which is necessary for any race to pan out.
By repeatedly subjecting both vehicle and engineers to daily tests in this severe driving environment, Lexus was able to devise an ever-higher dimension of vehicle performance.
Substantial framework changes include a 45mm-wider front and 50mm-wider rear track for greater vehicle turn-in and stability which is a great plus point for the drivers as the controls will become more easier to handle at those pressure times. Reduction of the outer body panel weight also diminishes the inertia movement when cornering, improving agility through successive bends. It has also enabled new sound insulating materials to be employed behind the dashboard to realize excellent refinement.
The advanced double-wishbone front suspension now features lighter and stronger components. This includes a new high-stress material for the coil springs (20% weight reduction), an upper control arm material change from steel to aluminium (18% weight reduction), a reshaped and re-engineered bound stopper to reduce shock, a new swing-valve shock absorber design (Luxury only) and wheel bolt fasteners for improved axle rigidity and reduced unsprung mass.
The new Lexus IS adds up with a multi-link rear suspension which also features a coil spring material change (20% weight reduction), secondly, a control arm material derived from steel to aluminum (20% weight reduction) and a new rear stabilizer bar (17% weight reduction).
Adaptive Variable Suspension on F Sport boasts anti-dive and anti-squat control, as well as roll-attitude control. It even includes unsprang mass vibration damping control where a higher damping force is maintained when unsprang resonance is detected based on speed sensor signal output, thus helping improve road holding with no loss of ride comfort.
All the new models are redesigned with an Active Cornering Assist (ACA) which is specifically designed to maintain the most ideal vehicle posture when experiencing a subtle braking while the driver gets ahold of its road path maintenance.
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