Generally, car buyers of China are recognized for their tendency toward driving their car with a third-party driver instead of driving their car by themselves. Lexus, the renowned luxury car division of the leading Japanese automaker, Toyota, took the drapes off what is questionably its most driver-focused product at the 2016 auto show in Beijing. The innovative 2017 Lexus IS fills in the third era sports sedan to convey its looks more narrowly in proportion to the rest of the Lexus mock-up line, particularly the revived the Lexus RC sports coupe and the Lexus GS mid-size luxury sedan. The 2017 model IS will be released with three trim levels that include IS 200t, IS 300 and IS 350.
Even though 2017 IS version is not going to get a complete outside and inside refresh, some external and internal elements will get some minor aesthetic tweaks to make it via competently with its class competitors, such as Audi S4 and Mercedes C-Class. When comes to the inside part, there may be some notable updates in the equipment section of the cabin to make it more modern and more comfortable than the outgoing model. Although the new vehicle comes equipped with the same engines as those of the outgoing model, they will be fine tuned to offer better performance and fuel economy. Due attention has also be given to the new vehicle by the automaker to protect the vehicle and its occupants.
2017 Lexus IS 350 model
2017 Lexus IS Changes, Exterior
For the majority of the exterior part, the whole look has stayed the same, but there are a small number of attractive changes. The front fascia is the most distinguished external change that can be found in the new Lexus IS sedan. It comes equipped with an uninterrupted, complete-height grille in both standard models and in the F-Sport model, along with a fresh bumper, accommodating huge corner air channels, and redesigned headlamps, at the same time as keeping the discordant L-shaped Nike logo-shaped daytime running lights. However, the performance-oriented F Sports model comes equipped with the grille that features a three-dimensional F-net pattern with jet-black metallic covering and useful brake ducts.
At the back, the new IS comes equipped with a novel set of tail lamp fittings with more enunciated L-shaped LED luminosity guides, and rectangular chrome exhaust tips. The new model Lexus IS comes equipped with a set of recently styled 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. However, there are also wheels that come with quite a lot of new designs with brilliant machine finishes as an option. In addition to the existing body colors, the new sedan will be offered with two new body colors that include Graphite Black Glass Flak and Deep Blue Mica.
Strangely, for a sedan debuting in China, the 2017 IS lingers a single wheelbase version. Other compact opulence sedans, such as the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, and the Volvo S60 are built with an extended wheelbase to accommodate the preference of the market for driving the car with an alien driver.
2017 Lexus IS Interior
Inside the vehicle, the next generation Lexus IS comes equipped with a well-appointed cabin, which is prepared with bigger, 10.3″ infotainment screen to handle functions through the Remote Touch Interface system of Lexus, the mouse-like console-installed controller. It now comprises duplicate Enter keys, one on each side, in a proposal to perk up the effortlessness of use.
The automaker has also enhanced the cabin decoration, by equipping it with a leather-lined palm rest behind the controls of the Remote Touch Interface system, novel cup holders, and flush-mounted middle-console controls. The minor transformations of the interior are completed by a redesigned instrument cluster with a sewed hood, novel clock markings, and by some other details.
All trims of the new 2017 Lexus IS come equipped with the Lexus Safety System that includes vital standard safety features, such as:
Lane-departure warning with steering assist.
Radar cruise control.
Automatic high-beam headlights.
Inside the cabin there are novel colors for some markets, a vaguely revised lower center console to fit totally within the knee bolsters, and a new sewing on top of the meter cover, as well.
The 2017 Lexus sedan is going to be equipped with the same powertrains as those. As a result, the new Lexus IS 200t 2017, which is the base model of the new sedan, comes equipped with a four-cylinder turbocharged powertrain with the displacement of 2.0 liters. This powertrain offers the entry-level model the essential power of 241 ponies and the essential torque of 258 pounds per foot.
Next, the IS300 and IS350 models come equipped with the same V6 powertrain with the displacement of 3.5 liters. However, the powertrain is tuned in two different levels to offer different power output to the two models. Accordingly, the first tuned engine offers the new IS300 model the essential power of 255 ponies and the essential torque of 236 pounds per foot, whereas the 2017 Lexus IS 350 model gets the peak power of 306 ponies and the peak torque of 277 pounds per foot.
All trims have different acceleration from 0-60 mph: IS 200t in 6.9 seconds and the top speed of 143 mph, IS300 in 6.1 sec with 131 mph and IS 350 in 5.7 sec with top speed od 131 mph. Regarding mileage, these engines make the 2017 model to offer a city mileage of 19 mpg, highway mileage of 28 mpg and the combined mileage of 21 mpg. The new model Lexus IS comes with the fuel tank with the maximum capacity of 17.4 gallons. All rear-wheel drive models will be offered with an eight-velocity automatic transmission, and as the IS300 and IS350, which are the all-wheel drive models, they will be offered with a six-velocity automatic transmission.
Price and release date
The 2017 Lexus IS release date is expected to be the last quarter of 2016. However, the base price of the new IS sedan is estimated to be $ 38,500.
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New Lexus IS 2017 Photos