Lexus has revealed all the details on the 2016 IS that will be coming to the U.S.
The car will now have three powertrain options, the newest of which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power exclusively to the rear wheels. This powertrain replaces the old 2.5-liter V6, marking the discontinuation of the Lexus IS 250 in favor of the new IS 200t.
If you’re after all-wheel drive, Lexus has the IS 300, which is available exclusively with power going to all four wheels. It uses a 3.5-liter V6 to send 255 hp and 236 lb-ft torque to the wheels through a six-speed automatic tranmission.
At the top of the pack is the IS 350, available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. It also uses a 3.5-liter V6, though in this car it makes 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. This car also now gets standard 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
The IS packs plenty of high-tech luxury car options, including selectable drive modes, a display audio system complete with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Siri eyes free, dual-zone climate control, remote touch interface and a premium sound system with 835-watts. New for 2016, a heated steering wheel is available as a standalone options, while the Premium Plus package adds a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.
All models can be had with the F Sport package, which brings along 18-inch wheels, special suspension tuning and unique looks thanks to new interior and exterior trim. On V6-equipped models, the exhaust note is also made more aggressive.
Safety is delivered thanks to numerous systems, including a pre-emptive pre-collision setup, which incorporates radar-based cruise control, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert and an auto-location tire pressure warning system.