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 driving dynamics.
Starting from $61,5001
and available to pre-order now ahead of a November 6 arrival in Lexus dealerships, 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 assist2
, emergency steering assist2
, automated collision notification2
, SOS call and stolen vehicle tracking.
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®3
and Android Auto™4
, a pre-collision system2
featuring daytime/night-time pedestrian detection plus daytime cyclist detection, all-speed active cruise control2
, lane tracing assist2
, road sign assist2
, blind-spot monitor2
, parking support brake2
and rear cross-traffic alert+brake2
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 SUNA™6
live traffic, voice control and LED headlamps with automatic high-beam2
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 $3,000 - 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.
It achieves a combined 164kW and combined-cycle fuel consumption from as low as 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres8
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 2 combining a moonroof with 19-inch alloy wheels, hi-grade LED headlamps, leather-accented seat trim, ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, 17-speaker Mark Levinson®7
audio and power rear sunshade.
The alluring and assertive IS F Sport is available across all three IS powertrains ranging from the $70,0001
IS 300 F Sport, to the $73,0001
IS 300h F Sport and the $75,0001
IS 350 F Sport.
Befitting the status of the new IS as a focused driver's car, the IS 350 is singularly available as an F Sport grade for the first time.
The IS 350 boasts the acclaimed Lexus 3.5-litre normally aspirated V6 petrol engine with 232kW and 380Nm.
Along with the IS 300, it shares a reworked eight-speed automatic transmission.
For the first time on an IS F Sport, 19-inch alloy wheels are standard, in addition to an F Sport bodykit and spoiler, F Sport scuff plates and ornamentation, hi-grade LED headlamps, five-mode Drive Select (Eco, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom), adaptive variable suspension, F Sport leather-accented trim, sports pedals and seats, driver memory settings, ventilated front seats and an LFA-style 8.0-inch TFT driver display.
IS 300 F Sport, IS 300h F Sport and IS 350 F Sport customers can select a $3,300-optional Enhancement Pack offering a moonroof, 17-speaker Mark Levinson®7
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," Mr Thompson said.
"The sports focus of the new IS, alongside the luxurious ES, together deliver two distinct personalities for Lexus customers to select from in this segment."
New Lexus IS - pricing
New Lexus IS - Evocative design
IS 300 Luxury
IS 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack
IS 300 Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2
IS 300 F Sport
IS 300 F Sport with Enhancement Pack
IS 300h Luxury
IS 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack
IS 300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2
IS 300h F Sport
IS 300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack
IS 350 F Sport
IS 350 F Sport with Enhancement Pack
The IS reimagines the sports sedan concept with 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 centre of gravity closer to the ground.
Gently sloped rear-quarter pillars, which help form a sleek cabin silhouette that wraps around from the sides, contrast with muscular rear guards to create a fast and aggressive look.
This is further emphasised by single-blade rear combination lights sporting an "L" motif and a sharper overall contour created by the character line around the bootlid.
Materials and ornamentation have been changed inside to complement the new 10.3-inch touch-display, which has been moved forward 150mm compared with the previous IS.
Elegant ochre interior trim complements a choice of black or dark rose on Luxury grades, while the F Sport is available in black, white and flare red - all with technical satin chrome ornamentation.
New 17-speaker Mark Levinson®7
audio, which is standard on the IS Luxury with Enhancement Pack 2 and IS F Sport with Enhancement Pack, also raises the bar compared with the 15-speaker system in the previous IS.
New Lexus IS - Imaginative technology
The new Lexus IS matches or exceeds the active safety technology featured in the current flagship Lexus LS.
The new Lexus Safety System+ supports pre-collision warning2
(from approximately 10 to 180km/h), pre-collision brake assist2
(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 braking2
(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 systems are designed to work with both daytime and night-time pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection.
The new IS is the first Lexus to be equipped with intersection right/left turn assistance2
At an intersection, the pre-collision system is designed to provide a 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 the first Lexus to offer emergency steering assist2
(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.
And, it is the first Lexus in Australia to debut Lexus Connected Services, including automated collision notification2
, SOS call and stolen vehicle tracking - further information on the roll-out of these features will be available soon.
New Lexus IS - Leading driving dynamics
Never before has such a focus been placed on enhancing 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 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.
These Lexus dynamic values were achieved by utilising the country road test course at the company's new technical centre in Shimoyama, Japan, which opened in 2019.
The country road test course is based on many years of Lexus experience of driving on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, famous throughout the world for its gruelling driving conditions.
It was designed to take advantage of the local topography, featuring approximately a 75-metre change in elevation, a wide range of curves and a variety of road surfaces.
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 chassis changes include a 45mm-wider front and 50mm-wider rear track for greater vehicle turn-in and stability.
Body rigidity has been improved, including the addition of bracing connecting the front pillar section and apron member, contributing to the enhanced steering response and cornering ability.
For the front side members, the welding patch has been made narrower and additional spot weld points have been applied to increase the panel joint rigidity, providing excellent handling stability - including steering responsiveness and road surface feedback.
Additional welding spots and laser-screw welding techniques have also been adopted elsewhere, improving rear rail joint rigidity in particular and ensuring a tight and planted cornerning feel.
Hot stamp, high tensile steel sheets and aluminium has been employed, enabling reduced panel thickness, contributing to structural simplification and reduced weight.
Reducing outer body panel weight also reduces inertia movement when cornering, improving agility through successive bends. It has also enabled new sound insulating materials to be employed behind the dashboard to realise excellent refinement.
Despite a stronger, quieter feel on the road, the new IS boasts a kerb weight up to 30kg lighter9
(IS 350 F Sport).
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 multi-link rear suspension also includes a coil spring material change (20% weight reduction), second control arm material change from steel to aluminium (20% weight reduction) and a new rear stabiliser 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 unsprung mass vibration damping control - where a higher damping force is maintained when unsprung resonance is detected based on speed sensor signal output, thus helping enhance road holding with no loss of ride comfort.
In addition to Normal mode it includes Sport S+ damping for tighter damping control during spirited driving.
Active Cornering Assist2
(ACA) is newly adopted on all models, which is designed to maintain the most ideal vehicle posture when cornering by imperceptibly braking individual wheels to maintain the driver's intended line.
1 Recommended retail price provided for general media release purposes only. Excludes dealer deliver and statutory charges. Optional extras at additional cost.
2 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
3 CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see lexus.com.au/connectivity
4 Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google LLC. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see lexus.com.au/connectivity
5 Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
6 Service varies based on vehicle location. See sunatraffic.com.au
7 Product & company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
8 Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined (L/100km).
9 Weights/mass/volumes/dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances, and should be confirmed before fitting any accessories, towing or otherwise relying on this value.
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