2016 Lexus IS 200t Review, Redesign

Lexus joined the wave of auto manufacturers with the advent of its novel crossover, NX last year by introducing the downsized turbocharged engines to assist meet tough new fuel emissions and economy regulations. Approximately the same time as the onset of the turbocharged NX, named as NX 200t, it has been revealed that Lexus had registered the brand, IS 200t, signifying that the IS small sports car was next in line to get the turbo treatment. Now, Lexus has confirmed the introduction as a division of its 2016 IS sedan variant in the United States for the year 2016 with the name, 2016 Lexus IS 200t sedan.

Lexus IS 200t 2016 front

2016 Lexus IS 200t Changes

The 2016 Lexus sport sedan comes with the same exterior look of other sedans in the IS series, exposing the badge, IS 200t. Due to the badge, the external charm, as the existing-generation IS array is pretty fine appearing. Lexus has taken some effort to make the exterior style of the vehicle bold, but not above the top, and it appears athletic devoid of taking away from its refinement. Furthermore, it is expected that the new Lexus would be equipped with five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels, wearing high-quality all-season tires. It also comes with redesigned front and back ventilated disc brakes. The front Dual wishbone suspension and the back Multi-Link suspension are also fine-tuned to offer both the driver and the passengers a comfortable ride. It comes with the overall body weight of 2125 kg, with the Kerb weight that ranges from 1590 kg to 1680 kg, with the towing capacity of 1500 kg with brakes and 750 kg without brakes.

2016 Lexus IS 200t side

Lexus IS 200t 2016 Interior

Manufacturer has not yet revealed the 2016 Lexus IS 200t interior features, but from the reliable sources, it is expected that it would come with the same standard internal features . It is expected that it would borrow most of its high-tech internal features from IS 350 and IS 250 sedans. Besides these features, the cabin will get some additions, such as a powered tilting or telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. In addition, buyers will get a heated rack and pinion type steering wheel with 2.84 turns and a minimum turning radius of 5.2 meters as a separate option. The cabin of the new vehicle also comes equipped with the Enform connectivity feature of Lexus. The new vehicle comes with the cargo capacity of 480 liters and a fuel tank with the capacity of 66 liters.

Lexus IS 200t interior

Regular Lexus IS interior


The major change in the 2016 Lexus IS 200t engine is in size, but not in power. It comes equipped with four-cylinder 2.0-liter(16 valve DOHC, Dual VVT-iW) engine with a turbocharger, which is the first turbocharged engine in the Lexus lineup of sedans. This engine that comes with the water-cooled inter-cooler feature, is capable of offering the new vehicle a maximum power of 241 HP @ 5,800 RPM and as much torque as 258 lbs per foot @ 1,650-4,400 RPM.

These scores are better than that of the 2.5-liter engine of the outgoing model that offered only 204 HP power and a torque of 185 lbs per foot. Due to the D-4ST petroleum injection feature, which combines port injection and direct injection, and VVT-iW allows the engine to change from the Otto cycle to the Atkinson cycle. So, this new Lexus IS engine is not only commanding, but it is also fuel competent to offer a combined mileage of 40.4 mpg with the average fuel consumption of 7 liters per 100 km.

2016 Lexus IS 200t rear

The turbo-four engine is combined with an 8-paced Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission to transmit the power to the back wheels. This transmission also regulates its shift points proportionate to the G forces in the sedan, meaning the transmission can embrace a gear going in the course of a turn, giving the driver almost instant power once the driver exit the bend. The next gen Lexus IS 200t also gets better acceleration from this engine to attain the velocity of 60 mph from 0 mph in 6.9 seconds and a maximum velocity of 143 mph, which is quicker by 1.1 seconds, 3 mph more when compared to that of its predecessor.

Release date and Price

The 2016 Lexus IS 200t release date will be during the third or fourth quarter of 2015 and it would be available at the starting price of $ 38,265

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