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The 2016 Lexus IS – “A Whole Lot Of New”

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 New engines, including a turbo. Additional standard equipment, including new F SPORT editions for all models

(TORONTO, ON – June 26, 2015) Get behind the wheel: The Lexus IS luxury sport sedan is the innovative sedan that delivers complete driving enjoyment. New for 2016, the Lexus IS is offered in an all-new line-up, with new engines and a whole lot more.

“From the moment you touch the throttle in the Lexus IS, you’ll know: This is it,” said Cyril Dimitris, Director, Lexus Canada. “When we introduced the current generation IS in 2014 it established a new benchmark for bold styling and track-proven dynamics that deliver maximum driving. Now, we’re making the IS even better, with more standard features and a fresh line-up of available upgrade packages.”

New for 2016:

  • Lexus introduces the IS 200t to the lineup, featuring a powerful and efficient turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. First used on the Lexus NX, this turbo has been optimized for the RWD IS 200t. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport-direct shift control and sequential multi-mode shifter, the IS 200t generates a peak 241 horsepower and up to 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Lexus boosts the AWD IS line-up with the new IS 300 AWD – delivering more horsepower and torque than the IS 250 AWD model it replaces. With a 3.5L V6 and a six-speed automatic Super ECT with sequential multi-mode shifter, this model produces a peak 255 horsepower and up to 236 lb-ft of torque
  • All Lexus IS models are enhanced for 2016 with additional standard equipment, including rear-seat side airbags (for a total of 10 airbags) and the added versatility of 60:40 split-folding rear seats
  • All F SPORT models now include a moonroof and rain-sensing wipers

The IS luxury sport sedan builds on the Lexus reputation for quality, comfort and safety with cutting edge design, best-in-class features, and exceptional performance:

  • Choice of two engines and two drivetrains
  • GS inspired steering and rear suspension delivering exceptional handling
  • Bold exterior design highlighted by a distinct interpretation of the Lexus signature spindle grille with unique LED front light treatment
  • Driver-focused, ergonomic interior features a low driver position for improved comfort and driving experience
  • F SPORT models feature special interior and exterior styling and performance enhancements, including unique seats designed to combine excellent comfort with outstanding lateral holding performance
  • Intuitive Human Machine Interfaces and user-friendly screens

All 2016 Lexus IS models feature an impressive array of luxury amenities and performance enhancements, including: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Drive Mode Select, six active safety technologies including Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, auto-leveling HID headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, and more.

The 2016 Lexus IS was imagined and engineered with a single mission – to deliver complete driving enjoyment. And that’s exactly what it does. For 2016, the Lexus IS is offered as follows:
Road-Test.orgThe Lexus IS 200t RWD introduces a powerful turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder to the IS stable. Standard features include: 17” aluminum alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Lexus Display Audio system with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, integrated XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power windows with water-repellant front door glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, Lexus Smart Key system with Push Button Start, integrated garage door opener, an onboard first aid kit, heated exterior mirrors, and more.

  • This model may be ordered with theF SPORT Series 1 package, which adds numerous F SPORT exclusive features, including a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated F SPORT seats, F SPORT front grille, F SPORT scuff plates, 18” F SPORT wheels, F SPORT aerodynamics package, power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and LFA full TFT instrument cluster

The Lexus IS 300 AWD features a Lexus AWD system that automatically and intuitively channels power to the front and rear wheels to optimize traction and control, plus all the standard features offered on the IS 200t RWD model. The IS 300 AWD is offered in six configurations, including three F SPORT Series models, as follows:

  • The Premium Package adds: a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a backup camera, a power moonroof, and 18” aluminum-alloy wheels
  • The Luxury Package builds on the Premium Package, adding: a leather-wrapped power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, leather seats, driver’s seat memory system, power rear window sunshade, reverse auto tilting mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a voice-activated navigation system with the Lexus Remote Touch interface, in-dash DVD, clearance and backup sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • The F SPORT Series 1 configuration adds numerous F SPORT exclusive features, including a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, unique shift knob, sport seats, F SPORT grille, 18” wheels, full aerodynamics package, power moonroof and more
  • The F SPORT Series 2 configuration builds on Series 1, adding: a heated steering wheel, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems, a backup camera, a voice-activated navigation system with the Lexus Remote Touch interface, and more
  • The F SPORT Series 3 configuration builds on Series 2, adding: the Lexus Pre-collision System, dynamic radar cruise control, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system, and power rear window sunshade

The Lexus IS 350 AWD is built around a powerful and proven 3.5L V6 and a six-speed automatic super electronically controlled transmission with sequential multi-mode shifter. This configuration produces a peak 306 horsepower and up to 277 lb-ft of torque, while delivering fuel efficiency of 11.0 L/100 km (city/highway combined).

The IS 350 AWD comes standard equipped with all the features the IS 200t and IS 300 models, with numerous upgrades, including standard: heated and ventilated front seats, driver seat memory system, voice-activated navigation system with the Lexus Remote Touch interface, backup camera, heated steering wheel on a power tilting/telescoping column, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems, rain-sensing wipers, and 18” aluminum-alloy wheels.

The IS 350 AWD is available in three configurations, including two F SPORT Series models, as follows:

  • The Executive Package features: a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Pre-collision System, Lane Departure Alert, dynamic radar cruise control, and LED headlamps with automatic high beams
  • The F SPORT Series 2 configuration adds F SPORT exclusive features, including a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats, F SPORT grille, scuff plates, 18” wheels, aerodynamics package, and more.
  • The F SPORT Series 3 configuration builds on Series 2, adding: a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system, Pre-collision System, dynamic radar cruise control, and more

The 2016 Lexus IS luxury sport sedan arrives in dealerships this fall.

About Lexus Canada
Lexus Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and sport utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 38 dealers across Canada. With 11 Lexus nameplates on the road today, six of them with hybrid models, Lexus has the largest luxury hybrid lineup; allowing guests a choice in a large range of luxury vehicle segments. In the 2014 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), Lexus ranked highest in vehicle dependability among all nameplates for the third consecutive year. Additionally, the Lexus RX and RXh are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) Cambridge South plant, the recipient of J.D. Power’s 2014 Platinum Plant Quality Award, Worldwide. For more information about Lexus products, and Lexus’ pursuit of perfection, visit: www.lexus.ca


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