SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL: Lexus South Africa has refreshed its IS range with a few tweaks. Image: Quickpic
Cape Town - Lexus has given their IS models a more aggressive exterior and an upscaled interior with updated infotainment system for 2017.
The upgrades also include a new grille with updated headlights. The rear gets more pronounced LED taillights and rectangular-styled chrome exhaust tips.
Locally, the Lexus IS line-up is available as an IS 200t with the recently launched two-litre turbo motor, and the IS 350 F Sport utilising the revered 3.5-litre quad cam V6.
There's an option of an E or EX grade for the 200t.
Wheels24's Janine Van der Post is currently attending the launch in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. Look out for her full report later this week.
New exterior colours include Graphite Black on all models and Deep Blue on F Sport only.
The IS model change uses new LED headlights. E and EX grade models have a single LED low/high beam headlamp and bulb-type turn-signal lamp.
The F Sport has a three-lamp low-beam system and separate LED high-beam lamps as well as LED signal lamps. The DRLs/clearance lamps are LED on all models.
The 2017 IS model line-up continues with three grades, including the IS 200t E and EX, and IS 350 F Sport. The 200t model feature a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with intercooler with 180kW/350Nm, an eight-speed auto does duty.
Steering wheel paddle shifters are also available.
The IS 350 F Sport uses 3.5-litre V6 that produces 233kW/378Nm, it also uses an eight-speed auto. All models uses Drive Mode Select featuring Eco, Normal, and Sport modes.
The F Sport adds SPORT S+, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), and Adaptive Variable Suspension for better handling and ride quality.
Lexus IS 200t E - R601 900
Lexus IS 200t EX - R659 100
Lexus IS 350 F Sport - R728 800