Lexus Luxury For 2017 With The Revised IS Model | MHH International
The IS executive sports saloon is well-established at the heart of the Lexus range, amassing more than a million sales worldwide since its introduction. The present model has undergone significant changes for 2017 that embrace styling, quality, safety, handling and equipment features and also continues to offer customers the option of a smooth, intuitive and supremely efficient full hybrid powertrain.
Changes to the exterior styling focus on new headlamps, larger and deeper air intakes integrated in the bumper and a further evolution of the signature Lexus spindle grille. New full LED units have a more pronounced look, extending inwards and adding visual impact to the L-shaped daytime running lights. The grille angles back at a higher point than before, increasing the area of the lower section and creating a more sporty appearance that suggests a low centre of gravity.
The character line along the side of the car has been made stronger and at the rear chrome detailing has been added to the lower bumper panel. The rear lights have also been redesigned with LED lamps and new light guides.
There’s a new range of gorgeous alloy wheels includes new 17” or 18” rims depending on specification.
Inside, the legendary Lexus quality takes a further step up with even higher visual and tactile quality plus better HMI performance in the operation, size and positioning of controls and displays. The high-resolution multi-information screen that accompanies the Lexus Premium Navigation system has been increased from seven to 10.25 inches for larger, clearer images and providing a split-screen function so that different information displays can be presented at the same time; an especially useful function.
Reflecting Lexus’s adherence to the traditions of Takumi craftsmanship, a new laser-etched dark wood trim finish is featured on Premier grade models. There are also new interior upholstery and colour choices, with combination fabric and Tahara seat coverings in black with Garnet Red detailing and black trim inlays for the IS 300h Sport. As is always said, other finishes and options are available!
Driving dynamics have been improved through revisions to the front and rear suspension and steering. There’s no weight increase and the improvements coupled with new damper settings all contribute to better steering response at cruising speeds. As a result of these and other comprehensive improvements, both the standard and F Sport IS models demonstrate better ride quality, body control, rear wheel traction and straight-line stability making these models true drivers’ cars.
Built at the award-winning Tahara plant in Japan and overseen by ‘Takumi’ craftspeople, the Lexus IS range is better than ever and prices start from a round £30,000 GBP.