Lexus South Africa has introduced the new turbocharged engine for its IS 200t, combining performance with quality and luxury.
Available exclusively on the E and EX grades, the new Lexus IS 200t also combines an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission (featuring paddle shift) with the 2.0-litre turbo engine, providing levels of driveability expected of a Lexus compact sports sedan.
The 8-speed SDS transmission has proven itself in the IS 350 F Sport and RC 350, and the latest iteration in the IS 200t has added electronic-control technology, including a Lexus-first; Downshift Lock-up Control.
The 2.0-litre turbo engines strength lies in its broad spread of torque, with the aforementioned 350Nm being available from as low as 1650 rpm all the way up to 4400 rpm. This flexibility makes for effortless cruising and acceleration.
Selecting Sport mode tailors the throttle response and power steering assistance to provide a more dynamic drive. Eco mode optimises fuel economy by reducing throttle sensitivity, tweaking transmission control logic and optimising climate control operation.
A dedicated Eco display mode can also be called up to relay the state of eco operation to the driver.
The ‘200t’ retains Lexus IS’s elegantly executed interior and sharp exterior styling while gaining additional features.
The 200t E and EX grade are distinguished by multi-spoke 17-inch wheels. In terms of interior accoutrements, both models are extremely well endowed.
Even the E grade gets niceties such as seat heating and ventilation, 7-inch central colour display, full leather trim, electric front seats, front and rear PDC (a new addition) to name just a few of the standard items on offer. The EX grade chips in with SatNav, electrochromatic mirror and reverse camera.
Customers have the choice of six stylish exterior colours, including a new vivid shade of red (Madder Red) and highly pearlescent Sonic Quartz white. The exterior hue of choice can be combined with either rich Ivory or classic Black leather interior. Piano Black and Titanium accents lend an air of sophistication to the cabin.
Lexus IS 200t E – R518 800
Lexus IS 200t EX – R570 300
Lexus IS 350 F Sport – R627 900
As with the rest of the Lexus range, all models in the IS range are covered by a four-year/100 000 km warranty. On the maintenance front, the E Model comes standard with the Lexus “Distance” plan, the EX model gets “Distance Plan Plus” and the F-Sport gets “Distance Plan Complete”.