The Australian lineup for the reimagined new Lexus IS sports sedan has been unveiled, delivering a new level of luxury as standard in addition to a core focus on evocative design, imaginative technology and leading dynamics.
Starting from $61,5001, the new IS starts within $1,000 of the highly regarded outgoing model despite offering significant new standard specification firsts.
Five 'Lexus firsts' in Australia become standard on all grades, including intersection turning assist4, emergency steering assist4, automated collision notification9, SOS call10 and stolen vehicle tracking11.
Other features that become standard on the Lexus IS for the first time include 18-inch alloy wheels (replacing 17-inch), an electric park brake (replacing foot-operated), new 10.3-inch touch-display with Apple CarPlay®2 and Android Auto™3, a Pre-Collision System4 featuring daytime/nightime pedestrian detection plus daytime cyclist detection, all-speed Active Cruise Control4, Lane Tracing Assist4, Road Sign Assist4, Blind-Spot Monitor4, Parking Support Brake4 and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert+Brake4.
This is an addition to smart entry and start, heated and 8-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, 10-speaker audio, DAB+5, satellite navigation with SUNA6 live traffic, voice control and LED headlamps with automatic high-beam4.
The significant expansion of leading luxury and driver assist technology is further leveraged by 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.
The new IS sports sedan lineup includes the IS 300 Luxury powered by a 180kW and 350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is now Euro 6 emissions compliant.
It includes a retuned eight-speed automatic for more intuitive response and engaging performance.
For an additional $3000 - from $64,5001 - the IS 300h Luxury delivers the innovative Lexus self-charging hybrid electric system combining a 221Nm 2.5-litre normally aspirated four-cylinder engine and 300Nm electric motor.