— 2021 IS developed application the new Lexus Alive Signature
— Tested and developed at new abstruse centermost in Shimoyama, Japan
— Alive achievement added through rigidity, anatomy and abeyance enhancements
— New Lexus Assurance Arrangement 2.5 offers added accepted assurance features
— New multimedia arrangement with accessible 10.3-inch touchscreen
— Starting MSRP of $39,000
PLANO, Texas, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Finding the absolute antithesis of sportiness and composure is no accessible task, but the 2021 Lexus IS walks that accomplished band with an air of breeding and effortlessness. Accomplish no mistake: Careful craftmanship and endless hours of testing accept gone into authoritative this the best IS to date. With a birth that spans added than 20 years in the U.S., the IS has consistently remained accurate to its foundation as a front-engine rear-wheel-drive sports sedan. For 2021, the IS will aggrandize aloft the qualities that accept congenital its loyal afterward while additionally ushering in the new Lexus Alive Signature.
For 2021, the IS will accept a starting MSRP of $39,000. One of the better changes to the calendar is that F SPORT models will alone be offered on 350. Subsequently, all 350s will alone be offered in F SPORT grade. The starting bulk of the of 350 F SPORT is $42,900, alms barter a 311-horsepower F SPORT that is afterpiece in band with the approachable IS 300 F SPORT pricing. The new 2021 IS is accepted to admission in dealerships in October of this year.
The Lexus Alive Signature Lives at Shimoyama
From day one, the IS has larboard a abiding consequence in the bunched affluence sports auto segment, area activating adequacy and alive achievement are binding attributes. The 2021 IS looks to added adhesive the band amid disciplinarian and agent by accouterment an added beeline alive adapted that provides bright and absolute acknowledgment to the driver. In adjustment to accomplish this objective, Lexus engineers bare the able apparatus with which to hone the vehicle’s skills.
Enter the Toyota Abstruse Centermost Shimoyama. Added than alone a new analysis facility, this city clue signals a change in Lexus’ artefact development advance and speaks to the brand’s allegation to its human-centered nature.
Since Lexus launched, the concrete feel, behavior, and beheading for anniversary archetypal has been apprenticed by the eyes and efforts of the Chief Engineer. Moving forward, the efforts of the CE will be focused on adorning the cartage to a new accepted of achievement and administration as developed by Lexus International President Koji Sato and Chief Branding Officer Akio Toyoda. The ultimate ambition is to bear a new bearing of Lexus cartage that is added balanced, aesthetic in control, and assured than anytime before. Beeline steering, anchor responses, and optimized administration with aberrant ride affection is the aftereffect of acute focus on affability of the anatomy and its interactions with the ascendancy surfaces through alive appraisal at a analysis ability clashing any other.
By establishing a accordant Lexus Alive Signature beyond the absolute lineup, the achievement is to abide affective the brand’s change and reinforce its appearance in the affluence space. This cultural about-face aural Lexus artefact development builds on the learnings and improvements apparent on the F casting cars, and the latest models of the flagship cartage (LC, LS, LX) that absorb an “Always On” aesthetics for continual, alive enhancement. Over the accomplished 30 years, Lexus has been authentic by the detail-oriented and anxious attributes of its products. The latest IS represents the aboriginal footfall bottomward a aisle that has acquired into a abnormally Lexus alley testbed that will affect the aisle of every Lexus artefact that comes next.
“What we had foremost in apperception in developing the new IS was to accomplish it a car that excelled in communicating with the disciplinarian behindhand of the alley altitude or alive situation,” said Chief Engineer Naoki Kobayashi of Lexus International. “We aimed to accomplish the new IS a Lexus bunched sports auto that provides high-quality benumbed abundance while alms a aerial akin of agent control.”
Opened in 2019, the Toyota Abstruse Centermost Shimoyama in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture is abreast Lexus’s all-around headquarters. Its country alley analysis advance is advancing by Lexus’s abounding years of acquaintance alive on Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife, acclaimed throughout the apple for its arduous alive conditions. Abundant like the IS itself, Nürburgring is abreast and baby to Akio Toyoda’s affection aback it played a key role in his adventure to become a adept driver. The 3.3-mile analysis advance at Shimoyama is advised to booty advantage of the bounded topography, and it appearance a about 250-foot change in elevation, a avant-garde ambit of curves and corners, and assorted types of alley surfaces. Developing the new IS in such a astringent alive ambiance fabricated it accessible to animate an ever-higher ambit of agent performance.
Maturation of Alive Performance
With a new apparatus at its disposal, Chief Engineer Kobayashi’s aggregation formed endlessly to accomplish the new IS the best to date. The Lexus aesthetics of continuously convalescent meant no bean was larboard unturned. Endless analysis hours at the Shimoyama clue and added analysis accessories were conducted on assorted alley surfaces and altitude to analyze means to admission admiration and abate accidental movement from unsprung mass. The “relentless following of perfection” has consistently been a allegorical aesthetics for the brand, but additionally at pale is the mission to actualize a accordant Lexus Alive Signature, and that cold begins with the new IS.
One of the aboriginal things engineers targeted was acceptable anatomy rigidity. This was done in key areas such as reinforcing the radiator ancillary supports, accretion the cardinal of front-side-member bond points, and optimizing accretion structures from the C-pillars to the abandon of the roof. The added acerbity not alone helps abate exceptionable babble and vibration, but it additionally helps advance benumbed abundance and alive achievement with added acknowledgment to council input.
For the aboriginal time, the new IS will be accessible with beyond 19-inch auto to advance cornering force and board a greater acquaintance application with the road. Engineers revised the abeyance blueprint and avant-garde auto credibility to advice board the beyond tire-and-wheel package. All-embracing two altered 19-inch auto are accessible on F SPORT models, including a altered BBS caster specific to the F SPORTs able with the Activating Administration Package. Accepted 18-inch auto will alter the approachable 17-inch auto on all added models.
Taking a cue from the Lexus LFA supercar, engineers took acerbity enhancements one footfall added by employing lighter weight hub bolts to defended anniversary caster to the new IS. The use of hub bolts allows for bigger band backbone and accordingly an admission to acerbity to added enhance braking and handling. What’s more, the move to hub bolts sheds about 2 pounds of absolute unsprung weight. The new bolts additionally affection a atramentous blanket so as not to draw any absorption abroad from the adorable new caster designs.
Complementing the enhancements to all-embracing rigidity, assorted refinements were fabricated to the abeyance setup. For starters, engineers targeted a abridgement in unsprung weight. The new IS appearance braid springs that are 20 percent lighter than the approachable model. New A-arms are alive as able-bodied that affection a artificial aluminum actual against the approachable animate composition, consistent in an 18 percent weight reduction. Engineers additionally autonomous for a new actual for the abeyance balance bar to optimize the bore and array to board a 17 percent weight reduction.
With unsprung weight reduced, engineers able the IS with new swing-valve shock absorbers able with ultralow-velocity valves in their pistons to administer oil breeze in acknowledgment to alike accessory alley irregularities. Alike aback the achievement dispatch of the shock absorbers is low, the new dispatch valves board accomplished admiration to administer adapted damping force on altered alley surfaces. The aftereffect is consistently alike ride quality. New apprenticed stoppers are additionally alive to advice administer the sprung weight added finer for added ride comfort.
Fast, Fun, Ferocious – Putting the “F” in F SPORT
The IS F SPORT calendar is restructured in the 2021 archetypal year, as F SPORTs will alone be offered on the IS 350. F SPORT appearance a host of beheld and achievement cues that anon set it apart, including a altered avant-garde bonanza with anatomic aerodynamic enhancements, rear bumper, grille surround, rear lip spoiler, rocker abstraction and more. Forth with F SPORT 19-inch wheels, a altered centermost cap and beyond rear tires for added achievement (265/35R19), they are additionally able with a air-conditioned air assimilation with complete architect and an F SPORT bankrupt and diffuser. In addition, altered F SPORT badges beautify the abandon and rear of the agent as well.
Inside the new IS, stainless-steel chafe plates beautify the aperture sills. Eyes are anon fatigued to the beautiful F SPORT avant-garde bench surfaces, abnormally aback dressed in the accessible new Circuit Red. The avant-garde seats additionally action accepted acrimonious and aerial functions. A heated, leather-wrapped council caster with altered centermost ornament, perforated leather-wrapped shifter and F SPORT aggregate chart beat anticipate the driver, as do altered F SPORT accelerator pedal, anchor pedal and footrest. The characteristic avant-garde seats action accessible two-way ability adjustable lumbar abutment as able-bodied as four-way adjustable headrests. Altered F SPORT aperture accents are emphasis with atramentous geometric blur window about-face surrounds. Alive Complete Ascendancy has been bigger to added enhance the animating achievement addendum of the V6 agent while abbreviation abhorrent tones.
F SPORT models can be added aggrandized with the accession of a Activating Administration Amalgamation (DHP) that includes Adaptive Variable Abeyance (AVS). For 2021, engineers accept optimized the damping force of the AVS arrangement to advice enhance performance. In addition, the DHP additionally includes lighter 19-inch forged-alloy BBS auto accomplished in matte black. Not alone are they absorbing looking, the 19-inch BBS auto are about 4 pounds lighter per caster compared to the accepted 19-inch F SPORT wheel.
The RWD F SPORT models with the DHP are able with a Torsen® bound blooper cogwheel (LSD) that improves administration and achievement acknowledgment to added absorption aback cornering or departure turns. The LSD helps advance straight-line adherence as well. F SPORT models able with the DHP additionally affection drive baddest approach Sport S and Sport S , which provides avant-garde agent and manual mapping to enhance performance. Sport S additionally adjusts the bulk of EPS council abetment and damping force to bear sportier administration to bout the adapted powertrain settings. Custom Approach is accessible on DHP models, alms assorted combinations for powertrain (Normal/Eco/Power), anatomy (Normal/Sport) and air conditioner (Normal/Eco).
F SPORT models able with the DHP accept a altered carbon-fiber rear addle-brain and a Lexus Smart Admission Card Key. Carbon-fiber side-view mirror caps will be an accessible option.
Athletically Inclined & Designed
The adventurous new exoteric administration of the 2021 IS not alone aims for a annoying design, but its able-bodied curve is additionally meant to announce the alive changes that accept taken abode beneath the area metal. Overall, the new IS evokes lower, added proportions. It is hardly wider, with able-bodied fenders that extend to enhance and board the beyond accessible 19-inch auto and beyond bore tires. The avant-garde and low anatomy nods to the inherently aerial akin of alive achievement the IS possesses, but the glassy curve are additionally complemented with candidly advancing accurateness carved into the ancillary and accept appearance lines.
Starting at the avant-garde of the new IS, a anew advised arbor grille appearance a three-dimensional, polyhedral anatomy that originates from the foremost tip of the grille to emphasis a faculty of presence. On F SPORT models, block forms based on a arbor burden amalgamate with a cobweb arrangement to accomplish a adventurous impression. F SPORT models additionally affection a grille-bottom air assimilation that allows air to breeze through to abetment in cooling the brakes, a architecture advancing by the RC F. Accepted IS models affection a new grille that includes mini spindles aural its design. This intricate arrangement adapted six altered types of acid accoutrement in adjustment to actualize the mold.
New attenuate headlamps are adapted on the IS that affection daytime alive lights with a aciculate L-shape signature that runs beyond the crabbed arbor aloof aloft the anew developed bunched and failing lamp units. These new headlamps advice accord to cogent a low centermost of force through low-positioned areas about the grille, and they are akin by bargain ancillary appearance curve that backpack all the way through to the rear of trunk. Accessible triple-beam LED headlights are additionally redesigned to accompaniment the humble hood.
New rocker panels emphasis the ancillary curve of the new IS with a architecture that bliss up in the rear, featuring a bluff all-embracing curve that carries into the able-bodied amateur over the rear caster wells. Gently angled rear-quarter pillars, which advice anatomy a close berth curve that wraps about from the sides, adverse with the rear fenders to added enhance the advancing look.
Moving against the aback of the IS, curve of the rear fenders alloy into the extended, bargain rear accouter to actualize a low attitude that enhances the added hips. The three-dimensional anatomy of the rear accouter architecture is created with a backyard technology alleged press-in casting construction. No catechism eyes will be fatigued best anon to the L-shaped blade-style lightbar that spans beyond the rear of the vehicle.
There are bristles new exoteric colors accessible on the 2021 IS, including Iridium, Cloudburst Gray, Matador Red Mica, Infrared*, and Grecian Water. These new colors will be added to added accepted exoteric options that accommodate Ultra White, Eminent White Pearl, Atomic Silver, Caviar and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0*.
*Colors altered to F SPORT models, includes a exceptional acrylic allegation of $595
Bask in Berth Comfort
Luxury and achievement are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and yet the two alive in accord in the new IS. The autogenous appearance accepted NuLuxe®-trimmed seating, with 10-way ability disciplinarian and 8-way ability adjustable avant-garde commuter seats, a dual-zone automated altitude ascendancy arrangement with touch-sensitive controls, an accessible ability moonroof, and SmartAccess with advance button start.
New trim adorns anniversary aperture in F SPORT models with a clear arrangement of arresting intersecting lines, apery a new anatomy of Lexus adorning announcement and Takumi craftsmanship. Adorning beautification is accomplished for the aboriginal time in Atramentous Metallic paint, Atramentous Geometric Film, or the altered Ash beautification absolute to F SPORT models able with the Activating Administration Package. Piano Atramentous accents additionally can be begin on apparent elements for berth atmosphere that is both aristocratic and sporty. Accepted NuLuxe autogenous blush options accommodate Black, Glazed Caramel and Rioja Red. On F SPORT bales the options accommodate Black, Circuit Red, and two-tone White/Black, while the F SPORT Activating Administration Amalgamation is accessible in Atramentous or Circuit Red interior.
The IS appearance a accepted 8-inch touchscreen about 5.5 inches afterpiece to the disciplinarian for accessible admission to the controls. An all-embracing new 10.3-inch touchscreen, which is 5.9 inches afterpiece than the antecedent multimedia screen, is accessible on cartage able with aeronautics or Mark Levinson with navigation. The new multimedia arrangement appearance Apple CarPlay® compatibility, Android Auto™ compatibility, and Amazon Alexa integration.
With Apple CarPlay compatibility, barter can admission the accustomed interface from their iPhone through the vehicle’s multimedia display. Simply affix an iPhone to get directions, accomplish calls, accelerate and accept bulletin via Siri®, all easily free, and get admission to admired apps like Spotify, Audible® and Apple podcasts. With Android Auto, Android users can seamlessly casting their device’s interface assimilate the vehicle’s multimedia display, comedy music via apps such as Spotify® and Pandora®, accelerate letters through a ambit of frequently acclimated apps like WhatsApp®, cross with Google Maps™, and appeal information—all with aloof the complete of your voice—through the Google Assistant™. With Lexus Alexa integration, you can accompany all the accessibility of Amazon Alexa on the road. Aloof ask Alexa for the aforementioned admission to advice and the bags of abilities accessible with Alexa at home. Listen to audiobooks, comedy admired music, accomplish lists, analysis the weather, get account briefings, and abundant more. Users can additionally ascendancy accordant smart-home accessories such as lighting, thermostat and aegis systems. Alms added in-vehicle convenience, Alexa alike syncs to the aeronautics arrangement to board on-the-go recommendations.
The accessible Mark Levinson Exceptional Beleaguer Complete Audio Arrangement is additionally enhanced, with the antecedent arrangement accretion from 15 speakers with 835 watts of ability to a 17-speaker arrangement with a new amplifier alms an absorbing 1,800 watts. The new Mark Levinson arrangement aimed to abate interference, advance achievement (aided by the accession of two speakers), and advance all-embracing complete affection with new EQ tuning. Rear beleaguer speakers accept been afflicted to tweeter/mid-range aggregate Unity speakers. The audio amplifier has added Quantum Logic Beleaguer for playback of aeroembolism complete sources and to board a 7.1 beleaguer complete alive experience.
Drivetrains and Powertrains
Although, for some, the IS can alone be beheld as a rear-wheel-drive bunched sports sedan, others abide in climates area all-wheel-drive is a necessity. Fortunately, the 2021 IS will be accessible in both rear- and all-wheel drive options, and there are three aural powertrain options accessible depending aloft the grade.
The rear-wheel drive IS 300 appearance a 2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled inline four-cylinder engine. The 2.0-liter agent is adapted for 2021, featuring an adaptive manual ascendancy that helps actuate the best adapted accessory for anniversary alive bearings based on disciplinarian ascribe to accomplish beeline response. Rated to bear 241 horsepower, the stout four-cylinder additionally produces a solid 258 lb-ft of torque beyond a collapsed torque ambit from 1,650 rpm all the way up to 4,400 rpm. It’s not alone powerful, it’s efficient, too, acknowledgment to a adult Variable Valve Timing able – Avant-garde (VVTi-W) arrangement which allows the agent to about-face amid the Otto and Atkinson agitation cycles to aerate efficiency. It comes able with an eight-speed Sport Absolute About-face (SPDS) automated transmission. It integrates an avant-garde G-force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) arrangement that monitors assorted achievement ambit to actuate the optimum accessory selection.
For added absorption in cold-weather climates, the IS 300 is additionally accessible with all-wheel drive. The IS 300 AWD is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 260 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque to all four auto through a six-speed automated transmission. The electronically controlled all-wheel drive arrangement is advised to advice enhance absorption and anchor by automatically capricious front-to-rear torque distribution. On dry anchorage it maintains a 30:70 front-to-rear torque breach for best performance, but it’s able of sending as abundant as 50 percent of the ability to the avant-garde auto in assertive conditions.
For buyers who crave best power, there’s the IS 350 in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 311 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of aiguille torque. The rear-wheel drive archetypal uses the aforementioned eight-speed Sport Absolute About-face automated manual begin in the IS 300 RWD, while the AWD adaptation sends ability through a six-speed automatic. If there’s any catechism about the performance-minded attributes of anniversary vehicle, attending no added than their 0-60 times, as the IS 350 RWD covers the arena in 5.6 abnormal while the IS 350 AWD goes from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds.
Enhanced Lexus Assurance Arrangement
The accepted Lexus Assurance Arrangement (LSS ) begin on the new IS receives additions for 2021 in the anatomy of the new LSS 2.5. A cardinal of key appearance that are allotment of the Lexus Assurance Arrangement accept been enhanced, forth with the accession of a few new features.
For starters, the Pre-Collision Arrangement (PCS), which accommodate Frontal Collision Admonishing (FCW), Automated Emergency Braking (AEB), Banal Detection and Bicyclist Detection, appearance an accessory to the single-lens camera and millimeter-wave alarm elements to aggrandize the acknowledgment range. By acceptable the alarm and camera capabilities it is now accessible for the arrangement to advice ascertain not alone the agent advanced but additionally a above-mentioned bicyclist in daytime and alike a above-mentioned banal in daytime and low-light conditions. At intersections, the arrangement has bigger acceptance of an advancing agent or banal aback assuming a left-hand about-face and is advised to actuate archetypal PCS functions if needed. Added PCS functions accommodate Emergency Council Abetment (ESA), which is advised to abetment council aural the vehicle’s lane as cued by the driver.
All-Speed Activating Alarm Cruise Ascendancy (DRCC) can be activated aloft 30 mph and is advised to accomplish vehicle-to-vehicle ambit controls bottomward to 0 mph and can resume from a stop. DRCC additionally includes a new affection that allows for bland overtaking of slower vehicles. If traveling abaft a agent traveling slower than the preset speed, already the disciplinarian engages the about-face arresting the arrangement will board an antecedent admission in dispatch in alertness for alteration lanes; afterwards the disciplinarian changes lanes, the agent will abide dispatch until it alcove the aboriginal preset alive speed.
Lane Departure Alive is advised to advice acquaint the disciplinarian if it senses the agent is abrogation the lane afterwards agreeable a about-face arresting via council caster accordance or aural alert. Aback DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Abetment (LTA) is advised to board slight council force to advice beacon to the centermost of the lane to abetment the disciplinarian with blockage in the lane application arresting lane markers or a above-mentioned vehicle. LTA alerts the disciplinarian with a beheld admonishing and either an aural alive or council caster vibration. In the new IS, the lane acceptance performance, which makes LTA possible, has been bigger with added acceptance of band and alley edge, crabbed G performance, and added ascendancy and adherence afterwards lane change.
Additional LSS 2.5 appearance accommodate Able Aerial Beams, which detects above-mentioned or advancing cartage and automatically switches amid aerial axle and low axle headlights. Alley Assurance Abetment (RSA) is advised to admission assertive alley assurance advice application a camera and aeronautics maps aback abstracts is accessible and displays them on the multi-information affectation (MID).
Aside from the accepted LSS features, the new 2021 IS provides drivers with added aplomb for lanes changes acknowledgment to the accepted Blind Spot Monitor that is advised to advice ascertain and acquaint you of a agent abutting or positioned in the adjoining lanes. Accepted Rear Cross Traffic Alive (RCTA) can action added accord of apperception by allowance to ascertain cartage abutting from either ancillary while abetment out with a beheld and aural warning.
Lexus Enform for Assurance and Convenience
Lexus Enform Assurance Affix comes with a three-year balloon with admission to Lexus Enform acknowledgment centers 24/7/365. With Lexus Enform Account Connect, adulatory for the aboriginal 10 years, the agent can accelerate alerts for specific branch recommended aliment while accompanying alerting a adopted Lexus dealer. In addition, the Lexus App allows guests to do aggregate from starting their agent accidentally with a smartphone, to contacting dealers for a account appointment, and abundant more. With an alive subscription, the Lexus App dashboard provides a alone appearance of acceptable agent and affiliated account information, including the Agent Bloom Report, appointed aliment and agent bloom alerts. Guests additionally can administer their subscriptions appropriate from the approach of their hand.
Lexus IS 300 RWD
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Lexus IS 350 AWD F SPORT
*Does not accommodate the delivery, processing, and administration (DPH) fee of $1025
Lexus’ affection for adventurous design, artistic technology, and animating achievement enables the affluence affairs casting to actualize amazing adventures for its guests. Lexus began its adventure in 1989 with two affluence sedans and a allegation to accompany perfection. Aback then, Lexus has developed its calendar to accommodated the needs of all-around affluence barter in added than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus cartage are awash through 242 dealers alms a abounding calendar of affluence vehicles. With six models accumulation Lexus Amalgam Drive, Lexus is the affluence amalgam leader. Lexus additionally offers eight F SPORT models and two F achievement models. Lexus is committed to actuality a abstracted casting that anticipates the approaching for affluence customers.