Lexus IS Review
Being a largest premium car seller in Japan, the Lexus holds this prominent place since the year 1989. After receiving various awards for its exquisite cars, this brand has gained immense success in the auto industry, and now with its new luxurious sedan under the revered list, Lexus is ready to continue its history. Initially, this car was launched as a series of entry level luxury cars and began its ride in the year 1998. With some refined enhancements, the brand revealed its second generation in the year 2006. Earlier, this saloon was known as Toyota Altezza, this luxurious sedan pleasing large number of buyers in Philippines auto market. Currently, this saloon is running into its third generation. The new Lexus IS reflects more of a sophisticated sports car instead of luxury sedan. Its latest generation was premièred in the year 2013 at North American International Auto Show. This car is available with two variants namely IS 350 and IS F Sport. Both of these cars are powered with high-tech 3.5 litre V6 engine which churns out the maximum power of about 306 hp at 6400 rpm, along with high torque of about 375 Nm at 4800 rpm. Mated with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission, IS offers an exceptional driving experience.
Like an exquisitely cut diamond, the Lexus engineers have dedicatedly put their efforts to this classy sedan with some exquisite details. From its signature L-finesse spindle grille and exceptional lighting package consisting of fog lamps, L-shaped daytime running lights and stylish set of headlamps to the refined hospitality extended body colored door handles reflecting its sheer beauty which can’t go unnoticed. The sculpted lines adorned on its aerodynamic body shows off its unrivalled grace and compact latter part outlined with striking lighting cluster including aero-stabilizing fin, making this saloon to help in smooth air flow and enhancing the handling. Inside, its spacious cabin delightfully continues to offer good amount of luxury and high-tech technologies make you sit long in its cabin. The subtle Lexus insignia bolted at the centre of steering unveils a graceful touch to the cockpit. The engineers have reflected their innovative ideas through the various inserts such as eight-directional joystick, illuminated instrument cluster, and Premium Audio System with quality 8-speakers creating phenomenal ambience for the occupants. In addition, encompassing class-leading technologies gives the occupants maximum peace of mind. The brand has appointed this car with eight SRS airbags system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system which optimizes the braking, traction and complete stability, anti-lock braking system (ABS) along with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Vehicle Management system.
Mileage and Fuel economy
The advanced petrol engine equipped in New Lexus IS is capable of delivering power and efficiency at same time and it claims to offer the mileage of 10.8 kmpl in combined driving situations, which is quite impressive.
This luxurious sedan by Lexus is powered with efficient 3.5 litre V6 engine which possesses the capacity of generating maximum power output of about 306 hp at 6400 rpm, along with high torque of about 375 Nm at 4800 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
Being a luxurious saloon, many consumers might have the dilemma of imperial speed and pick up. But, the fact is that new IS reaches 0 to 100 kmph speed mark in 5.6 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 230 kmph, as the engineers have appointed it with eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission.
New IS, with its sculpted curves and sweeping lines command your attention and leaves a lasting impression on others. From its bold spindle grille along with Lexus logo at the centre to its the dynamic character lines on its sideways captivates you at your first glance. The manufacturer has first time introduced, the newly designed daytime running lights in L-shape that are placed independently just below the exterior headlight cluster, making this car instantly recognizable. Appointed round shaped fog lamps at the lower end of front bumper makes your vision clear even in extreme foggy situations. Its compact latter part outlined with striking lighting cluster comprises aero-stabilizing fin, making this amazing saloon to help in smooth air flow and enhances the handling. Embracing longer, wider stance which is further accentuated with flared wheel arches and available five-spoke and mesh alloy wheels refuses to go unnoticed.
Being an arresting saloon with massive dimensions, the new Lexus IS not only looks luxurious but also provides a spacious cabin for your comfort. Its standard exterior dimensions stand out to be 4665 mm x 2027 mm x 1430 mm(L x W x H), and the wheelbase stands at 2800 mm.
The ergonomically outlined cockpit comprising hints of LFA-inspired aspects and lowered seats enhances your riding and driving experience. Its distinctively designed dash with satin silver trim is likely to appeal some buyers more than others. embedded eight-directional joystick at the centre console works amazingly but you can simply put it off while driving on bumpy roads. The liberating combination of quality leather and high-tech innovated technologies draw a dynamic image in your mind. Reflecting its driver-oriented concept, the manufacturers have provided this saloon with illuminated instrument cluster featuring speedometer, trip computer and highly-visible display at the centre giving all vehicle’s information. Alongside, it has got high-quality leather wrapped steering wheel mounted with various controls exhibiting the statement “Do not interrupt the driver!”
Lexus proposes relish superior comfort in the technologically advanced cabin of the new Lexus IS. Designed and developed with you in mind, consisting intuitive features that fit amidst of an LFA-influenced cockpit delivering such driving experience that anyone would envy. To adjust the temperature of cabin this luxurious car proposes electrostatic switches which can be controlled with a single tap. Also, its is equipped with high-quality 7 inch touchscreen display integrated with navigation system so that you would not get confuse about the route. Enclosing easy-to-use controller which allow you to access the vehicle data and class-leading systems such as Bluetooth connectivity, rear view camera and navigation system.
Prominent sedan manufactured by Lexus has ample space inside the cabin which offers large headroom and legroom for its occupants. It has an impressive boot space comprising the volume so that you store bulky things with ease. For more convenience, this appealing car is embedded with plenty of cupholders and other storage compartments increasing the utility factor of this saloon.
Engine and Performance
To deliver the pure driving pleasure, Lexus engineers have equipped this sedan with efficient 3.5 litre V6 engine allowing you take exhilaration into your hands. This powerful engine generates maximum power output of about 306 hp at 6400 rpm, along with high torque of about 375 Nm at 4800 rpm. Coupled with an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission and performance enhancers built around the efficient engine, making one thing certain i.e. Exceptional driving experience.
Stereo and Accessories
Enabling you to have a pure driving pleasure filled with entertainment quotient, Lexus engineer’s have appointed this saloon with the Lexus Premium Audio System featuring a compact radio tuner, CD player and MP3 player along with ultra-high efficiency eight speakers generating outstanding sound quality, while significantly reducing consuming energy. The embedded audio system employs 7 inch high resolution full colour display and DVD player letting the occupants to enjoy their favourite movie during your long journeys. For the driver’s convenience, incoming mobile calls and navigation can be controlled using switches on the steering wheel.
The new Lexus IS comes outfitted with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped with tires of size 225/45 R17 offering exceptional grip on the road surface. The rims are finished with polished colour which underlines the vehicle’s elegant nature.
Braking and Handling
Built with laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding mechanism, Lexus IS gets lighter and more rigid body structure. Alongside, its improvised front and rear suspension features double wishbone at front axle and multi-link suspension at the rear axle. Talking about its effective braking system, it comes fitted all-wheel ventilated disc brakes giving good stoppage performance.
Safety and Security
Latest Lexus IS is embedded with a superior combination of wider, more rigid platform with sport-tuned suspension which make this luxurious saloon deliver unprecedented handling with greater grip and stability. To reduce the collision impact, this car comes fitted with eight SRS airbags system, in which front seat passengers get additional knee protection and the full length side curtain airbags keep the rear passengers safe. This luxurious car is employed with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system which optimizes and improvises the braking, traction and complete stability of this classy saloon. You can easily drive your car on slopes, as this saloon is appointed with Hill start assist. Installed with anti-lock braking system (ABS) along with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Vehicle Management system contributes in improving the vehicle’s stability. Other safety features include Child Restraint System (CRS), 3-point ELR Seat-belts with Pre-tensioners and Force Limiter, Tire Pressure Warning System, Anti-theft System with Siren and Pedestrian Protection Performance.
- Exceptionally comfortable ride
- Impressive safety aspects
- Excellent performance
- Not available with diesel engine
- Confined boot space