Lexus brand name is Toyota’s luxury answer to the long champion of this segment – the German trios –Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz. What started off as Toyota Altezza at Japan, the Lexus IS is the entry level sports sedan cars, with intention to compete with Audi A4, BMW 3 series and Mercedes Benz C class. Slotted below the ES variant, the current IS is the third generation launched 2 years ago, has now gained 2.0 litre turbocharged engine in place of the 2.5 V6 of yore. Hence the moniker IS200t.
Now, let’s comb through the details of the 2.0 litre turbo-4 engine. Tantalizing figures at 241 hp @ 5,800 rpm and max 350 Nm available from 1,650 to 4,400 propels this 1,620 kg compact sedan from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7 seconds. Replacing the 6 speed AT is the all-new 8 speed AT.
In addition to the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the improvements made to the new Lexus IS range are safety features such as 10 SRS airbags and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert for the Luxury, F SPORT and Hybrid variants.
Prices of the new Lexus IS are; RM298,000 for IS 200t Premium; RM 350,000 for Lexus IS 200t Luxury, RM 385,000 for Lexus IS 200t F SPORT; and RM 452,000 for the Hybrid version.