The Lexus IS 200t combines a new turbocharged engine, with the traditional sports sedan configuration. Providing performance, dynamics and economy!
Following its unveiling, Lexus has turned its high-technology 2.0-litre four cylinder engine 90 degrees for its debut in the Lexus IS 200t’s north-south, rear-wheel drive layout. The smaller displacement, turbocharged engine, provides improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions while still being more than capable!
The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine’s strength actually lies in this broad spread of torque. Delivering 350 Nm from as low as 1650 RPM, all the way up to 4400 RPM. This flexibility makes for effortless cruising and acceleration!
The Lexus IS 200t also features an eight-speed ‘Sports Direct Shift‘ automatic transmission (featuring paddle shift), which combined with the turbocharged engine delivers the level of driveability expected of a Lexus compact sports sedan.
When in the driver’s seat, one has the option to switch between three different modes, depending on their preference and road they’re travelling on. These modes come in the familiar forms of ‘Eco‘, ‘Sport‘ and ‘Normal‘.
‘Sport’ mode tailors the throttle response and power steering assistance to provide a smoother feeling drive. ‘Eco’ mode obviously optimises fuel economy – by reducing throttle sensitivity, tweaking transmission control and optimizing the climate control systems.
The Lexus IS 200t retains the 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.
- 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
- The EX grade chips in with SatNav, electrochromatic mirror and reverse camera.
The already comprehensive safety specification is bolstered by the addition of rear side airbags, taking the tally up to ten across the range. An electrically-adjustable steering column for both rake and reach, which retracts automatically when the vehicle is turned off, further accentuates the sense of convenience and luxury on E and EX models.
Customers have the choice of six stylish exterior colours, including a new vivid shade of red – Madder Red, as well as the 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 to an air of sophistication throughout the cabin.
Lexus South Africa’s Glenn Crompton (Vice President of Marketing) said the new engine brings:
“More of the performance that customers are coming to expect from Lexus, along with quality and luxury.”
“The 2.0-litre engine gained a lot of praise from customers and critics when fitted to the NX 200t, and its addition to the IS Line has made it an even stronger proposition for customers who want a blend of performance, economy and driveability.
The Lexus turbo engine is a high-technology affair which sits well alongside 3.5-litre V6 quad-cam powerplant.
It’s a sensational fit for a vehicle already known for its high levels of standard specification and outstanding drive experience.”
The new turbocharged engine delivers 180 kW of power at 5800 RPM and 350 Nm of torque from 1650 to 4400 RPM endowing the Lexus IS 200t with a 7-second time in the obligatory 0-100km/h dash.
It has a combined-cycle fuel economy of 7.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 175g/km.
- Lexus IS 200t E – R518 800
- Lexus IS 200t EX – R570 300
- Lexus IS 350 F Sport – R627 900