Lexus takes the covers off new 2021 IS sedan with sportier looks

Lexus takes the covers off new 2021 IS sedan with sportier looks”

It's not hugely different to before but the single-unit headlights and refined spindle grille are the main changes in the front of the new IS.

The styling changes don't end there as designers gave the IS a fresh silhouette complete with restyled side skirts and larger 18-inch alloy wheels. The model also has restyled door, a sportier greenhouse and lower character lines which flow into sleeker rear fenders.

The new IS features an exterior redesign inspired by the look of the ES. The model also sports a new bumper and restyled taillights which are now connected by a thin illuminated strip.

In terms of size, the 2021 IS is slightly larger than its predecessor as it measures 1.18 inches (30 mm) longer, 1.18 inches (30 mm) wider and 0.19 inches (5 mm) taller than before. The only dimension that doesn't change is the car's wheelbase of 110.2 inches (2,800 mm).

The vehicle offers minor interior changes. That being said, there's a modestly revised dashboard with new circular air vents at the outside edges. An 8.0-inch touchscreen comes standard and has been moved three inches closer to the driver while a larger 10.3-inch screen is an optional extra.

The Mark Levinson sound system is also improved to feature 17 speakers and a total output of 1800 watts.

2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport
2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport

As one might expect, the new IS gets an interior upgrade, with leather trimmed seating with a 10-way power setting for driver and eight-way for front passenger. Buyers will also find a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a SmartAccess system with a push button ignition.

The base IS 300 and IS F Sport. Finally, the IS is now available with 19-inch alloy wheels for the first time - giving the sports sedan a sportier appearance.

New 19-inch BBS wheels are available, benefiting from the use of hub bolts for increased fastening strength and reduced weight. The base version, the IS 300, comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp-same as the 2020 model. The IS300 AWD (all-wheel drive) subs in a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 260 hp and a 6-speed automatic. The V6 is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive IS 350 makes do with a six-speed automatic and it's a tad slower as the dash to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) takes 5.7 seconds.

After leaked photos of what appeared to be the heavily refreshed sports sedan made their way onto the web yesterday, Lexus has officially revealed the 2021 IS. To strengthen this driving performance, IS claims to have been thoroughly tested and honed at various places throughout the world, including the new Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama which opened in 2019. This refers to Lexus' work on improving driving performance, linear driver feedback and transitioning from deceleration to acceleration as smoothly as possible. Thanks to lighter coil springs, stabilizer bar, and A-arms, the IS delivers sharper handling. Safety assistance technology is also boosted, with a raft of new features bringing it into line with the class standard. It features an improved camera and millimeter-wave radar that allows the auto to better see bicyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles. It includes features such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), which include Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection.

There's also Emergency Steering Assist, which is created to assist steering within the vehicle's lane as cued by the driver, explains Lexus, The update active cruise control system, meanwhile, can take the auto down to zero and start up again in heavy traffic.

The new Lexus IS will go on sale in late fall 2020.

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