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July 5, 2013

Lexus unveils hot new IS 350

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Lexus SA says it has “thrown down the gauntlet” with the totally redesigned third-generation IS sedan.

At 4665mm overall, the new IS 350 is 80mm longer and 10mm wider than its predecessor. The front overhang has increased by just 10mm, and significantly, the wheelbase has been extended by 70mm to 2800mm.

The front of the new IS represents a further evolution of the spindle grille from the GS and LS models. The design has been made more three-dimensional, and its shape accentuated by a chrome plated frame and the muscular projection of horizontal bars (E and EX models) which follow the curvature of the vehicle front.

The headlights are underscored by Lexus trademark L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights located independently below the cluster, giving the new IS a highly distinctive visual signature.

The deep front bumper design anchors chunky front wings and flared wheel arches. Integral foglamps are housed within secondary sculpted side air intakes which control the flow of air out through the wheel arches to enhance aerodynamic performance.

We must admit, we quite like the rising crease line flowing from the lower body, through the rear wheel arch and merging into the rear lamp. Seriously sporty.

LED Daytime Running Light

The Lexus compact sedan is available in a range of nine exterior colours, of which three, Nova White, Electric Blue and Sonic Titanium, are exclusive to the F Sport model.

The F Sport package benefits from exclusive, more sporting and aggressive exterior and interior design features as well as dynamic enhancements.

It bears a modified grille and different front bumper, and the “waistline” of the grille is higher than on standard models, increasing the area of the lower grille to make it capable of drawing in a larger volume of cooling air. The grille itself has a unique, L-shaped mesh or honeycomb finish and the lower section is trimmed with a more prominent chrome-plated frame than that of the standard IS.

The bottom corners of the front bumper feature F Sport-exclusive aerodynamic detailing to provide both downforce and enhanced brake cooling. A set of 18-inch wheels feature a Y-spoke design and a dark premium metallic coated finish.

The driver’s seat is redesigned, and Lexus says it offers greater comfort and better lateral support. The seat hip point has been lowered by 9mm and rearward seat adjustment has been increased by 19mm. The LFA-inspired steering wheel features a new paddle shift switch shape, which apparently makes for easier, more accurate operation.

With 50mm of its 70mm longer wheelbase dedicated to increased rear seat space and 20mm dedicated to increased luggage capacity, the new IS offers rear seat occupants increased levels of comfort. The combination of extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design generates an 85mm increase in knee room for the new 60:40 split/folding seats.

The new IS dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: a display zone and an operation zone. An upper display zone houses the 7-inch multi-display screen, while a lower operational zone allows access to system controls such as the second generation of Lexus’ Remote Touch Interface.

The new IS follows the GS and LS in adopting a Drive Mode Select system, with meter (instrument) illumination and multi-information display design changing from blue to red in sports driving modes.

The centre console incorporates a Lexus first: electrostatic switches to control the air conditioning temperature with the touch of a finger. The IS 350 with the standard package is equipped with a new Lexus Display Audio (LDA) system whilst EX and F SPORT grade models are equipped with Remote Touch-controlled Electro Multi Vision Navigation or EMVN multimedia systems (incorporating standard SatNav).

The new interior design is available in a choice of three smooth leather colour schemes; Black, Ivory, and, Dark Rose, an F Sport exclusive.

The engine features a lightweight, die-cast aluminium cylinder block. The unit develops 228kW at 6400rpm and 375Nm of torque at 4800rpm, accelerating the IS 350 from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 225km/h. Fuel consumption is pegged at 9.7  litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

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