Lexus IS200t launched with 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
The Lexus IS200t will become the third model confirmed with the Japanese company’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
Following in the treadmarks of the Lexus NX200t and the forthcoming Lexus RX200t, the new IS200t utilises a marginally uprated version of the same four-pot turbo engine producing 180kW of power at 5800rpm (5kW more grunt than it does in the NX) but the same amount of torque (350Nm from 1650-4400rpm). Lexus claims the engine can propel the IS200t from 0-100km/h in 7.0 seconds.
Those power outputs put the Lexus engine on par with the BMW 328i, and Lexus claims the powerplant offers “superior smoothness and responsiveness, with no turbo-lag and high fuel efficiency”.
On that topic, Lexus is claiming consumption of 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres for most models, or 7.2L/100km for models riding on 18-inch wheels, which is higher than some rivals: the BMW 328i, for example, uses 6.3L/100km even on 19-inch wheels.
The engine will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission – an adapted version of the Lexus Sport Direct Shift unit that was developed for the RC F.
It features paddleshifters, and is the first Lexus sedan with the technology to vary gear shifts in accordance with G forces: “The transmission automatically downshifts during hard braking before a corner then holds a lower gear through the corner for best control and then selects the most suitable gear on corner exit to give the driver greater throttle response.”
It is not yet confirmed if the IS200t will replace the IS250 (which uses a 2.5-litre V6 petrol that produces 153kW/252Nm and uses 9.2L/100km) but it is highly likely, and the IS200t would form a solid entry point to the range, slotting below the more powerful IS350 (3.5-litre V6 with 233kW/378Nm; fuel use 9.8L/100km).
According to a release from the brand the new IS200t will be on sale in Europe by September 2015. CarAdvice has contacted Lexus Australia for confirmation of the timing of the new model locally.