Lexus has sharpened up styling, trim and suspension for its IS range.
Lexus polishes up IS range
Toyota’s premium division has integrated a revised grille above the new front bumper arrangement, whilst new door mirrors are larger and feature integrated indicators.
Around the rear changes are subtle, with a new bumper underscoring the slightly revised light cluster arrangement. New wheels, in either 17- or 18-inch diameter, finish off the exterior changes.
Interior upgrades hinge primarily on infotainment features, with a 14-speaker Mark Levinson sound system now optional, whilst trim quality and the shape of certain switches are improved upon too.
Dynamically the revised IS range has seen both mechanical and electronic refinements to the ride and handling dynamics. Detail adjustments to the anti-roll bar and standard vehicle integrated dynamics management (VDIM) across the range should auger well with performance orientated Lexus customers.
Local Lexus customers can expect the changes to present themselves from January next year when the IS Sport, shown recently at the Johannesburg Motor Show, is introduced. Unfortunately South African customers will not be exposed to either the performance orientated IS350 or frugal IS220 D - the latter due to diesel quality control issues…
The arrival of the IS250 C convertible in the latter part of 2009 should hearten local fans of the Toyota premium brand though.