Lexus IS includes a series of entry-level luxury cars, and it was first introduced in the year 1998. The updated version of 2017 Lexus IS was presented at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The changes for the new model year are seen on the refreshed exterior styling and improved interior. The technology features have also been upgraded including updated infotainment system and the safety list has also been expanded. On the other hand the powertrains are carryover. For the new model year, the IS lineup will include IS 200t, IS 300 AWD and IS 350 while the models IS 250 and IS 250 AWD are said to be discontinued.
2017 Lexus IS: Design, Changes
While the new 2017 Lexus IS 250 we won’t see the rest of the lineup gets new refreshed styling which will bring these model in line with other refreshed models from this brand’s lineup. There in the first place we think on the RC coupe and GS sedan. The exterior design changes for this model year are mostly situated up front where almost all elements have been refreshed. The models get more aggressive grille and the new hood. The lower fascia also looks more dramatic and adds to the front side design. The stilling changes also include new 17-inch wheels and new version taillights which are now more pronounced. The F Sport version includes 3D looking grille with F mesh pattern and functional air ducts are made larger and more aggressive on this model. The model will also be available with two new body colors including Graphite Black Glass Flace and Deep Blue Mica.
Interior has also been affected with this year update and changes will mostly be focused on the technology features and some cosmetic modifications. The most notable change is new larger 10.3 inch screen which comes in palace of the 7.0 inch unit. The Remote Touch Interface is now more intuitive and easier to use and it also includes new buttons a one on the each side. Inside, the model also gets new cup holders, new center console controls and revamped instrument panel. Some trim changes have also been made. As for the safety of these models, now all versions include so called Lexus Safety System + which includes automatic high beam headlights, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and pre-collision system.
2017 Lexus IS: Powertrains
In the engine department the new 2017 Lexus IS models will use the same options from the current lineup. The IS 200t will be using the last year new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder which can produce 241 hp and 258 pound feet of torque. In the IS 300 will be a 3.5 liter V-6 which produces 255 hp and torque of 235 lb-ft. The IS 350 uses the same V-6 displacement but here it can make 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The models will be available with rear wheel drive which comes with an eight-speed automatic and four-wheel drive which is coupled with six-speed auto shifter. A hybrid version won’t be offered.
2017 Lexus IS: Release date, Price
The price of the vehicle will be one of the attractive figures that everyone is eagerly waiting for. The official announcement is still to be done, but it is expected to increase the price than its predecessor. According to different sources, the release date of 2017 Lexus IS is supposed to be in the last quarter of this year.