The launch of the all-new second generation IS range marks an important stage in the development of Lexus as a global prestige brand. The IS is well-established as Lexus’s top-selling model in Europe, acclaimed for its superb driving dynamics, refined performance, peerless quality and superb specification.
The new IS extends all these qualities in a vehicle that benefits from striking, individual styling, superior dynamic performance, enhanced safety provisions and hallmark Lexus luxury and refinement.Design
The new IS the latest expression of L-finesse, the design language that is shaping the appearance of an entire new generation of Lexus models. The IS has a wide track with short front and rear overhangs, giving the car a broad, muscular stance. Sweeping coachwork lines emphasise the ‘shadow finish’ of contrasting convex and concave surfaces and flow into a signature arrowhead shape through the C pillar.Body And Chassis
The new IS is 175mm longer and 75mm wider than its predecessor, with track width increased by 40mm front and rear. For driver and passengers this translates into greater front and rear leg and shoulder room, while contributing to the car’s excellent dynamic handling qualities.
With a drag coefficient of 0.27, the IS is one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in its segment. Bodyshell stiffness is greater by 20 per cent, with weight reduced through the use of aluminium for the bonnet, suspension members and engine.
Lexus has focused on delivering class-leading NVH performance, achieved through a number of innovations, including the world’s first sound-absorbing sun visors, acoustic glass in the front screen and exceptionally close panel fit.
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