Lexus has officially unveiled the facelifted 2016 IS sedan at the Beijing Motor Show today, delivering daring new styling and updated safety, luxury and convenience features.
Headlining the exterior styling changes is a new front fascia even bolder than before with new headlights, redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes and an evolution of Lexus’ signature spindle grille.
The grille now folds back at a higher point, changing the proportions at the top and bottom sections to provide a sportier, more aggressive appearance while blending effortlessly into the reshaped bonnet.
The F Sport model spindle grille features an exclusive three-dimensional F-mesh pattern with jet-black metallic coating that incorporates functional brake ducts.
At the rear, subtle changes include a more pronounced L-shaped LED light guides with a triple layering feature in the taillight housing, new rectangular exhaust tips and redesigned rear diffuser.
New 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels for the entry-level Luxury variant feature revised spoke designs and bright machine finishes, while the top-spec Sports Luxury model scores redesigned 18-inch wheels.
Inside, the most noticeable update is the new multimedia screen, which has increased in size from 7 to 10.3 inches. The new high resolution display runs the latest Lexus multimedia system. “Enter” buttons have been added to the sides of the Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) on the centre console to boost user functionality.
The audio and ventilation control panel has also been refined to fit completely within the enlarged knee bolsters with a new “hairline-finish surface” that aims to provide visual appeal while also giving a high quality feel.
New stitching on the dashboard and refined instrumentation deliver an additional sporty feel, while new cup holder designs that are reshaped to also house larger smart phones, a larger leather-wrapped palm rest and new markings for the in-dash analogue clock provide additional convenience and luxury touches.
The updated Lexus IS carries over the existing powertrain line-up, which includes the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid setup and 3.5-litre V6 petrol unit.
The new IS also features Lexus Safety System+, which combines a networked package of advanced safety features, including: Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam and Active Cruise Control.
The new IS sedan will arrive in Australia in 2017, with local specification and pricing to be announced closer to local launch.