The key to staying on top is knowing how to evolve with the times to meet new challenges and market demands. This is precisely why Lexus is rising to the challenge set by its European competitors and introducing a turbocharged engine to the new IS-Series sedan. This decision has prompted Lexus to discontinue production of the IS250 which is powered by a V6, and instead focus on the new IS200t. There is no fault with this logic as the new IS will feature the same turbocharged high-performance engine as the Lexus NX200t crossover SUV.
An eight-speed automatic transmission will drive the rear wheels of the new IS sedan providing more horsepower and torque than was ever possible with the IS250 and its six-speed transmission. While pricing on the IS-Series is not known at this time, it will likely remain competitive with similar models of luxury sedans, such as BMW and their 3-Series and the Audi A4. Excellent handling, superior drivability and fuel efficiency go into the bargain as well, but that’s always the case with any Lexus model.
The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the same as the 2.0 liter in the NX200t, will be tuned differently in order to deliver 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy will see an improvement over the V6 engine of the IS205, which got 21 miles to the gallon on city streets and 30 mpg on the highway. The new model won’t feature all-wheel drive, which may disappoint some, but the overall improvements should cheer them up a bit. Lexus fans can expect this engine upgrade to occur sometime in early 2016.
That’s all the information we currently have on the new IS-Series, but we’ll share more news when we get it, as always.
Article Contributed by Lexus of Highland Park