Since the debut of the first generation in 1999, the Lexus IS has pursued the fun of driving unique to compact rear-wheel-drive sports sedans. The all-new IS takes high-level driving performance and sporty styling after more than a million units sold, over more than 20 years to new extremes.
The aggressive styling design creates a wide and low form characterised by sharpness, while the IS features advanced safety technologies, including an evolved version of Lexus Safety System+. In addition to slender headlamps featuring newly-developed compact and lightweight lamp units, a low centre of gravity is expressed through low-positioned areas around the grille matched by lowered side character lines and the shape of the rear extremity of the trunk.
Muscular fenders, straight-line-type rear combination lamps sporting an “L” motif, and three-dimensional bumper garnishes add to the aggressive look. In addition, new-design 19-inch tyres and wide proportions based on a wide track evoke a sense of sporty driving. A new-design Lexus Spindle Grille features a three-dimensional structure that originates from the foremost tip of the grille. Block forms based on a spindle motif combine with a mesh pattern to achieve a sporty impression. There are now two new exterior colours developed for IS. These include Sonic Iridium, which accentuates the shape of the vehicle, as well as Sonic Chrome, which exhibits a metallic quality in a high-gloss finish.
The new Lexus IS will be available for sale in South Africa early next year. The range will comprise three model derivatives which Lexus SA will announce at launch. Lexus’ industry-leading 7 Year Warranty and Maintenance Plan will come as standard for IS drivers.