Lexus’ first turbocharged IS model is now available in Australia, with the IS 200t arriving on home soil this week.
As revealed earlier this year, the 200t replaces the 250 in the IS line-up with its 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 180kW and 350Nm – up 27kW and 98Nm on the 250’s 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine.
The 2.0 litre turbo unit is the same engine that powers Lexus’ NX 200t SUV, but power has been lifted 5kW for the 200t.
Power reaches the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the 200t can hit 100km/h from rest in seven seconds flat. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.5 l/100km.
Besides the new engine, the new IS model also picks up a stop-start system; including a gauge to inform the driver how the stop-start system and the turbocharger is performing, with the combined data designed to promote better fuel economy.
As with all new IS models, the 200t gets the Lexus pre-crash safety system, electronic steering column adjustment, rear side airbags and active cruise control in selected variants.
Joining the 200t for the 2016 model-year is updated versions of the IS 300h hybrid and the IS 350. Prices have been adjusted across the range.
Depending on the model, the IS comes with satellite navigation, a digital radio and dual-zone climate control, along with heated and ventilated seats.
The 2016 IS range also brings three new paint finishes, titled Cobalt Mica, Caliente and Sonic Quartz.
“The 2.0 litre engine gained a lot of praise from customers and critics when fitted to the NX 200t, and its addition to the IS line has made it an even stronger proposition for customers who want a blend of performance, economy and driveability,” Lexus Australia Chief Executive, Sean Hanley, said. “The Lexus turbo engine is a high-technology affair which sits well alongside IS’s existing Hybrid Drive and 3.5 litre V6 quad-cam powerplants.”
The 2016 Lexus IS is available now.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 LEXUS IS
- IS 200t Luxury – $57,500 (up $1600)
- IS 200t F Sport – $65,500 (up $600)
- IS 200t Sports Luxury – $76,500 (down $1400)
- IS 300h Luxury – $60,000 (up $1100)
- IS 300h F Sport – $68,000 (up $100)
- IS 300h Sports Luxury – $79,000 (new)
- IS 350 Luxury – $63,500 (down $1500)
- IS 350 F Sport – $71,500 (down $1500)
- IS 350 Sports Luxury – $82,500 (down $1500)