INTRODUCING THE NEW LEXUS IS

KEY POINTS

  • All-new generation of Lexus’s top-selling sports saloon
  • Second Lexus production model to be designed according to L-finesse principles
  • Launched in the UK with new 204bhp 2.5-litre V6 direct injection petrol engine
  • Lexus’s first diesel, a 175bhp 2.2-litre unit, to follow in the IS 220d in January 2006
  • All versions equipped with eight airbags, including front knee airbags
  • ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS) and Traction Control (TRC) standard on all models; Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) standard on all except IS 220d Sport
  • Exceptional standard equipment list includes climate control, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, smart keyless entry and start-up, sequenced LED interior lighting and electric folding and heated door mirrors
  • IS 250, SE and SE-L on sale in the UK from 19 November; IS 250 Sport and IS 220d models due January 2006, IS 220d Sport in April 2006
  • On-the-road prices from £22,400 (IS 250)

INTRODUCTION

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.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSION

The IS 250 is powered by a new direct-injection 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine with dual VVT-i. The aluminium unit is no heavier than the 2.0-litre engine featured in the previous generation IS. It develops 204bhp (208 DIN hp) at 6,400rpm and a maximum 252Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. This enables 0-62mph acceleration in 8.1 seconds with manual transmission, 8.4 seconds in automatic versions. Top speed is 144mph manual, 141mph automatic. Combined cycle carbon dioxide emissions are 231g/km manual, 214g/km automatic.

The Lexus IS 220d, due for launch in the UK in January 2006, is equipped with Lexus’s first diesel engine. The all-aluminium, four-cylinder, 2.2-litre common rail direct injection unit delivers the power and refinement demanded by Lexus, with 175bhp (177 DIN hp) produced at 3,600rpm and 400Nm of torque between 2,000 and 2,600rpm. Preliminary, pre-homologation figures show 0-62mph acceleration in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 134mph.

The IS 220d is also the cleanest premium diesel model available, thanks to the application of Lexus Clean Diesel Technology. A series of engine features reduce combined levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions to levels well below Euro IV standards and those proposed for Euro V.

TRANSMISSION

A new six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, with a newly-developed six-speed automatic available as a £1,000 option on the IS 250. The close ratio automatic system features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts for sequential manual gear selection and delivers superior fuel economy (31.0mpg combined).

SUSPENSION AND STEERING

New double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension systems with monotube shock absorbers have been adopted to deliver trademark Lexus ride comfort and excellent handling and dynamic performance. An all-new speed-sensitive, electrically assisted power steering (EPS) system is used.

SAFETY

All IS models are equipped as standard with eight airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. The passenger front airbag is the first in the world to use a twin-chamber construction, designed to disperse impact forces across the head and shoulders, instead of across the face, as on a conventional airbag.

A full suite of electronic control systems are fitted as standard: ABS with Brake Assist System (BAS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD); Vehicle Stability Control (VSC, not featured on IS 220d Sport); and Traction Control (TRC).

The IS 250 SE-L automatic is available with the option of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which maintains a safe, pre-set distance from the vehicle ahead, and Lexus’s Pre-crash Safety System (PCS), which determines when a frontal collision is unavoidable and tensions the front seatbelts and prepares to engage emergency braking to help minimise impact.

SE-L and Sport versions are equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Lexus’s Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). AFS adjusts the angle of the headlamp beam in line with vehicle speed and steering angle to improve illumination through bends.

The IS 220d Sport comes as standard with Lexus’s unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, which enhances the vehicle’s performance, traction control and stability. By applying integrated control of all the elements related to vehicle movement, including engine torque, brakes and steering, VDIM, optimises activation of the braking, stability and traction control, systems.

GRADE STRUCTURE, PRICING AND EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS

The IS is launched in IS 250, SE and SE-L grades on 19 November. The IS 220d models and IS 250 Sport versions are due to join the range in January 2006, with IS 220d Sport models completing the line-up in April 2006.

All versions are fitted with eight airbags, cruise control, 13-speaker sound system with CD autochanger and Aux socket for linking personal digital music players, smart keyless entry and start, climate control, sequenced LED interior spot lighting, alloy wheels and front and rear armrests.

SE models feature leather upholstery with electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats and 17-inch alloys. The SE-L comes with rain-sensing wipers, HID headlights with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), front and rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable steering column, memory settings for the steering wheel, front seats and door mirrors and a power sunshade for the rear window.

The Sport versions will feature Cellensia suede-effect upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, sport-style pedals, electrically adjustable heated front seats, HID headlamps with AFS and front and rear parking sensors.

Multimedia Package

A Multimedia Package, available as an option (£2,710) on all models, provides a class-leading Mark Levinson
14-speaker package with 5.1-channel digital surround sound. Other features include a front-mounted seven-inch

VGA screen; a six-disc DVD autochanger, capable of playing both audio and, when the vehicle is stationary, video discs; an upgraded DVD-based satellite navigation system; Bluetooth connectivity; Park Assist Monitor; and voice control function.

Prices and insurance

On-the-road prices and insurance groups for the Lexus IS range:

MODEL

OTR PRICE

INSURANCE GROUP

IS 250

£22,400

13E

IS 250 SE

£25,400

14E

IS 250 SE-L

£28,000

14E

IS 250 Sport

£26,500

14E

IS 220d

£22,200

12E

IS 220d SE

£25,200

13E

IS 220d SE-L

£27,800

13E

IS 220d Sport

£26,900

13E

LEXUS IS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

(data for IS 220d remains provisional prior to UK homologation)

ENGINE

IS 250


IS 220d

Engine code

4GR-FSE

2AD-FHV

Engine type

V6, 60°

Four in-line

Valve mechanism

24 valves, dual VVT-i

16 valves

Block & head material

Aluminium

Aluminium

Displacement (cc)

2,499

2,231

Bore x stroke (mm)

83.0 x 77.0

86.0 x 96.0

Fuel rating

95 octane petrol or higher

48 cetane low sulphur diesel

Compression ratio

12.0:1

15.8:1

Max. power (bhp/rpm)

204 @ 6,400

175 @ 3,600

Max. torque (Nm/rpm)

252 @ 4,800

400 @ 2,000-2,600

 PERFORMANCE

MANUAL


AUTO


MANUAL


MANUAL SPORT

0-62mph (sec)

8.1

8.4

8.9

8.9

Max. speed (mph)

144

141

134

134

DIMENSIONS
Overall length (mm)

4,575

Overall width (mm)

1,800

Overall height (mm)

1,425

Wheelbase (mm)

2,730

Track front (mm)

1,535

Track rear (mm)

1,545

Overhang front (mm)

810

Overhang rear (mm)

1,035

Coefficient of Drag (Cd)

0.27

Minimum turning radius (m)

5.1

Fuel tank capacity (litres)

65

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Interior length (mm)

1,855

Interior width (mm)

1,475

Interior height (mm)

1,165/1,120 with sunroof

Luggage capacity (litres)

378

 

 WEIGHTS (kg)

IS 250


IS 220d


MANUAL


AUTO


MANUAL


MANUAL SPORT

Kerb weight 1,570 – 1,635 1,570 – 1,635 1,585 – 1,655 1,585 – 1,655
Gross vehicle weight

2,055

2,045

2,075

2,075

Towing capacity (braked)

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

Towing capacity (unbraked)

560

560

560

560

TRANSMISSION

MANUAL


AUTO


MANUAL


MANUAL SPORT

Gear ratios 1st 3.791 3.538 5.232 5.232
2nd

2.275

2.060 2.644 2.644
3rd

1.524

1.404 1.605 1.605
4th

1.185

1.000 1.219 1.219
5th

1.000

0.713 1.000 1.000
6th

0.786

0.582 0.728 0.728
Reverse

3.466

3.168 4.525 4.525
Differential Gear Ratio 3.583 3.909 2.474 3.200
FUEL CONSUMPTION

MANUAL


AUTO


MANUAL


MANUAL SPORT

Combined (mpg)

28.8

31.0

44.8

N/A

Extra Urban (mpg)

36.7

40.4

52.3

N/A

Urban (mpg)

20.9

22.2

35.8

N/A

EMISSIONS
CO2 (g/km)

231

214

168

N/A

NOx (g/km)

0.04

0.06

0.159

N/A

PM (g/km)

0.0019

N/A

HC (g/km)

0.04

0.05

N/A

HC + NOx (g/km)

0.160

N/A

VED band

F

F

F

F

SUSPENSION
Front

Double wishbones

Rear

5-arm multilink

Shock absorbers

Gas-filled monotube type with multi-leaf type linear control valve

BRAKES
Front (diameter x width, mm)

Ventilated discs, 296 x 28

Rear (diameter x width, mm)

Solid discs, 291 x 10

STEERING
Type

Rack and pinion

Ratio

13.5:1

Power steering type

Electric Power Steering (EPS)

Turns (lock to lock)

2.91

TYRES AND WHEELS
Tyre size IS 250

205/55 R16

SE and SE-L

225/45R17

Sport

225/40R18

Wheel size IS 250

16 x 7JJ

SE and SE-L

17 x 8 JJ

Sport

18 x 8J

ENDS

Lexus Press Team

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