The 2016 Lexus IS sport sedan has excelled in offering a balanced dose of agility, luxury sportiness. The new models will be offered in three trims i.e. IS 200t and IS 300 AWD and IS 350. The IS 200t and IS 300 AWD have replaced the current IS 250 and IS 250 AWD respectively.
New changes range from the drive-trains, addition of a new Premium Plus Package to the introduction of the Lexus Enform Service Connect. The F-Sport upgrade is also available as an option to all models.
2016 Lexus IS Exterior
The exterior of the IS sedan is aggressive. The wheelbase has grown by three inches, the width by nearly half an inch while the length has increased by slightly over three inches resulting in a more aggressive profile. The dimensions result in a cabin that falls more rearward to accentuate the vehicle’s long hood.
The front features Lexus signature spindle grille but for this model, the grille has evolved to feature a more-three dimensional design, a chrome surround and darker gray inserts. The grille is flanked by HID low/high beam headlights and L-themed LED DRLs which are separated from the main assemblies. There is also an option for twin projector LED high/low beam headlights. The rear features LED taillights which wrap around the rear fenders for a stylish rear look.
The 4-door sedan is offered in an array of colors which include White Pearl, Nebula Gray pearl, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Silver Lining Metallic and Redline. Ultra White Metallic and Blue Mica 2.0 are exclusive to F-Sport. The IS sedan will ride on 17-inch wheels as standard. The F-Sport enhances handling with 18-inch wheels and a unique suspension tuning while the IS 350 rides on 5-spoke, 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires.
2016 Lexus IS Interior
Lexus has a reputation of creating some of the most stylish interiors in the auto industry. The same can be said for this model; Lexus has hooked up the IS sedan with a more cockpit-like styling compared to its other models. The cabin will accommodate four passengers based on the 2+2 styling on its comfortable seats. The seats are upholstered in perforated leather with fine stitching and well designed supportive contours. The seats are also heated and ventilated.
The rear has an increased legroom due to the expansion of its wheelbase. The cabin still features the signature Lexus Clock which illuminates at night to add to the sophistication of its interior. The new models offer increased cargo space at 0.32 cubic meters. For more space, Lexus has added a 60/40 split folding capability to the rear seats, a feature that was missing in the outgoing models.
Other standard feature include clearance and reversing sonar, power adjustable steering wheel, satellite navigation, rear view mirror, touch-sensitive Lexus Remote Touch Controller and dual-zone climate control among others.
The optional premium package adds a power-tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel while a heated steering wheel is offered as a standalone option.
For safety purposes, the IS sedan is equipped with an ultra-high-tensile structure that provides protection to occupants. It is also fitted with a pre-collision system with dynamic radar cruise control and a full package of airbags that includes 10 SRS airbags, driver and front passenger SRS knee airbags, 2-stage dual SRS front airbags, front and rear SRS airbags and full-length SRS side curtain airbags.
The 2016 Lexus IS is offered in three engine options. The IS 200t which replaces the IS 250 features a direct-injected, 2.0 L, 4- cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. The engine produces 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission system. Power is sent to rear wheels only. 2016 Lexus IS 200t with these engine accelerates 0-60 mph in 6,9 sec.
The IS 300AWD is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5 L, V6 engine that is capable of delivering 255 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic system. Its power is be channeled to all wheels by an electronically controlled AWD system which can vary front and rear torque balance depending on traction condition.
The last engine on the top-of-the-range IS 350 is a 3.5 L, V6 that comes good with 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic system on RWD models and a 6-speed automatic system on AWD models. 2016 Lexus IS 350 with these engine accelerates 0-60 mph in 5,6 sec.
Price and release date
The 2016 Lexus IS already on sale in Toyota dealerships. The IS 200t has a MSRP of $ 38,865 and $ 40, 640 for the IS 300AWD. The top trim IS 350 RWD has an MSRP of $ 41, 810 and $ 43,975 for the AWD. Additional packages, options and the optional F-Sport styling will attract an extra cost.