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Lexus Adds Turbo IS Luxury Sedan for 2016

July 29, 2015

Photo of 2016 IS 300 AWD F-Sport courtesy of Lexus.
Photo of 2016 IS 300 AWD F-Sport courtesy of Lexus.

Lexus is adding a new turbo-charged V-6 model, the IS 200t, to its entry-luxury sedan lineup to replace the IS 250 non-turbo V-6 model, according to Lexus.

Lexus will offer the IS 200t, the IS 300 with all-wheel drive, and the IS 350. The new IS 200t uses the same engine that powers the NX 200t compact luxury SUV.

The new IS 200t model, available as RWD only, features a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with intercooler paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The IS 200t features a combination of water-cooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and twin scroll turbocharger for fast throttle response, performance and high torque at low engine revs. Variable valve timing allows the engine to switch between the Otto and Atkinson cycles.

The IS 300 AWD features a modified 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Lexus continues to offer the IS 350, in both RWD and AWD models.

The electronically controlled all-weather drive system standard on IS 300 AWD and available on IS 350 models is designed to help enhance traction and grip under all driving conditions by automatically varying front-to-rear torque balance from 30:70 to as much as 50:50.

Options available with 2016 IS models include pre-emptive Pre-Collision System, which incorporates dynamic radar cruise control. The model range offers several safety features, including a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert system and a standard auto location tire pressure warning system.

The F Sport package available on all models sharpens handling with 18-inch wheels and special suspension tuning.

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