The IS is one of the better small executive cars out there thanks to its good engines, good ride quality and also outstanding design. Its only drawback was the small and underpowered base 2.5-liter engine which even though it offered good fuel economy, the actual road performance was quite bad. Fortunately it seems that the 2016 Lexus IS is going to feature a brand new engine with turbocharger and more power. From what it seems, the new IS will also receive a few other upgrades such as improved ride quality through a better suspension system and also a new active suspension management system which seems to offer the Lexus IS 2016 not only a better ride quality but also a sportier behavior.
2016 Lexus IS redesign
The exterior of the new 2016 IS will get a new front grille with a slimmer design and also a new pair of LED headlights which are going to give the car a meaner overall look. The rear on the other hand will only differ on the 200t model which will get a dual exhaust system with chromed tailpipes rather than the old hidden exhaust. On the interior, the new Lexus IS 2016 will feature a lot of equipment, just like the previous generation did. Expect things such as dual zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated seats, leather upholstery, aluminum inserts or even wood in some models and also an infotainment system with either a 7 or an 8.4 inch display, depending on the model of choice.
Lexus IS 2016 specs
Engine wise, the 2016 Lexus IS is going to drop the older 2.5-liter V-6 engine in the favor of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This powerplant propels current Lexus NX and it is able to deliver up to 240 horsepower and around 260 lb-ft of torque which is 20% better than the older model. The 3.5-liter V6 on the other hand will remain mostly unchanged, so it will still make 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque which is only a bit better than the new 2.0-liter engine but it will still be just enough for what most people want from a luxury sport sedan.
2016 Lexus IS hybrid
A hybrid version will still be available but this time it might drop the older engine in the favor of a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine and a new electric motor. The total power output should be the same but the fuel consumption should improve slightly.
2016 Lexus IS release date and price
The base 2016 Lexus IS price is going to start at $36,000 which is a fair price for such a car and just in range of the other European models. The top of the range model on the other hand will cost as much as $60,000 for the F models which is a bit overpriced but it should go down with the passing of time. We expect to see new Lexus IS 2016 at one of the Car Shows in last quarter of 2015.
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