PUSHING THE LIMITS OF
INTRODUCING THE NEW IS
FORGED AT SHIMOYAMA
To strengthen performance, the new IS was thoroughly tested and honed at various locations throughout the world, including the new Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama. Uncompromising attention to detail has resulted in the most thrilling IS yet, and a driving experience that's superb both on and off the track.
LEXUS DRIVING SIGNATURE
Thorough testing and tuning was conducted on various road conditions and driving situations. This resulted in achieving a linear driving feel that is faithful to the driver's intentions, ensuring a seamless transition from deceleration to steering and acceleration during cornering, in all types of driving situations. This 'Lexus Driving Signature' is the new development standard for every future Lexus model.
BOLD NEW DESIGN
From an early stage in its development, Lexus team members in product technology, engineering and styling united behind a common vision to achieve the proportions of a four-door coupe, with a low center of gravity and aggressive new form characterized by sharpness.
In the hybrid version, control of the generation of driving force in relation to accelerator input has been updated in pursuit of even-sportier driving. The 2.0-liter turbo version features adaptive transmission control that evaluates the driving environment based on factors such as the depression of the accelerator by the driver, and selects the most-appropriate gear for each driving situation, achieving linear response to accelerator operation and driver intention.
IMPROVED BODY RIGIDITY
Body rigidity was enhanced by, among others, reinforcing radiator side supports, increasing the number of front-side-member weld points, and optimizing structures from the C-pillars to the sides of the roof. This has resulted in the complete elimination of unwanted noise and vibration and improved ride comfort, as well as in the improvement of driving performance, such as with steering response.
NEWLY DESIGNED 19-INCH WHEELS
New-design 19-inch wheels broadly improve cornering* performance. Additionally, hub bolts are used to fasten the wheels, resulting in improved handling and braking feel due to increased fastening strength and reduced mass.
*Lateral force on a tire during turning, perpendicular to the direction of travel of the tire.
"We aimed for an aggressive design by way of a wide and low stance that evokes a sense of driving and a sharp character line. To achieve a high degree of design, Lexus members in product planning, production technology, engineering, and styling combined their various insights and united behind development from an early stage."
-Lexus International Chief Designer Kenichi Hirai
FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT
The two-tone color schemes, including the F Sport-exclusive Flare Red, further accentuate the aggressive styling of the new IS, while the chromatic colors used in the upper instrument panel create a sharp, contrasting accent.
EXPRESSING A LOWER STANCE
In addition to the use of slender headlamps featuring newly developed compact and lightweight lamp units, a low center of gravity is expressed through low-positioned areas around the grille matched by lowered side character lines, as well as through the shape of the rear extremity of the trunk.
AGGRESSIVE & SPORTY
Muscular fenders, straight-line-type rear combination lamps sporting an “L” motif, and three-dimensional bumper garnishes add to the aggressive look, while new-design 19-inch wheels and wide proportions based on a wide track evoke a sense of sporty driving.
NEW SPINDLE GRILLE
A new-design Spindle Grille features a three-dimensional, polyhedral structure that originates from the foremost tip of the grille to emphasize a sense of presence. Block forms based on a spindle motif combine with a mesh pattern to achieve a sporty impression.
Two new exterior colors were developed: Sonic Iridium, which takes advantage of strong shadows to further accentuate the shape of the vehicle, and Sonic Chrome, which exhibits a metallic quality in a high-gloss finish.
F SPORT EXCLUSIVES
The F Sport version boasts an exclusive “F” mesh pattern. Other specialized items, such as a grille-bottom air intake, specialized 19-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and the F Sport-exclusive Radiant Red Contrast Layering external panel color enhance the image of providing an emotional driving experience.
ENHANCED MULTIMEDIA FEATURES
The multimedia system features a new touchscreen and is compatible with SmartDeviceLink™*1, Apple CarPlay*2, and Android Auto™*3. Linking a user’s iPhone*2 or Android™*3 smartphone to the wide 10.3-inch touchscreen allows for the remote control of the screen and audio functions, enhancing user-friendliness.
*1: SmartDeviceLink™ is a registered trademark of the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, Inc.
*2: Apple, Apple CarPlay, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
*3: Android and Android Auto™ are registered trademarks of Google LLC.
STATE-OF-THE-ART SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
Lexus is developing safety technologies with the pursuit of one goal: creating an accident-free world. To achieve this, Lexus prioritizes the development of the most-advanced safety technologies, as well as the quick delivery of these technologies to drivers. The new IS sees these advancements with the latest Lexus Safety System+.
Lexus Safety System+
Lexus Safety System+ in the new IS has evolved to include functions such as Emergency Steering Assist and has improved the system’s lane recognition performance. These advances are part of Lexus’s continuing efforts to prevent traffic accidents and fatalities, to reduce driver burden, and to develop driver-assist systems that provide a more-natural and safer driving experience.
MAIN SAFETY FEATURES
IMPROVED PRE-COLLISION SYSTEM
The performance of the single-lens camera and millimeter-wave radar has been improved to expand the response range of the Pre-Collision System, which is designed to detect daytime bicyclists and pedestrians in low-light conditions and, at intersections, to detect oncoming vehicles before right turns*1 and pedestrians crossing the street from the direction toward which the vehicle was traveling before it started to make a right or left turn. Also featured are functions such as Emergency Steering Assist, which assists steering within the vehicle’s lane as cued by the driver, and Low Speed Acceleration Control*2, which supports the prevention of collisions caused by pedal misapplication at times of reduced speed.
*1: This applies to cases in which driving is done on the left-hand side of the road. In cases in which driving is done on the right-hand side of the road, the system is designed to detect oncoming vehicles before left turns.
*2: To be available only in Japan.
AI EMPOWERED LANE TRACING ASSIST
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) combine to make it easier for the driver to keep in the current lane on a motor-vehicle-only roadway, etc. If the system detects a potential lane departure, LTA alerts the driver with a visual warning and either an audible alert or steering wheel vibration. In the new IS, lane recognition performance, which makes assist possible, has been improved. When LTA is activated, AI technologies are applied to camera-actuated, white-line recognition for advanced deceleration of the vehicle in line with the size of the curve. Keeping lateral g-forces constant while driving through curves contributes to stable and comfortable driving and makes driving assist more continuous even in curves with a smaller radius and in tunnels.
AUTOMATIC HIGH BEAMS
Automatic High Beam detects preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switches between high beam and low beam headlights.
ROAD SIDE ASSIST
Road Sign Assist acquires road sign information using a camera and navigation maps and displays it on the multi-information display. This reduces possible driver failure in recognizing signs and supports safe driving.
DRIVER EMERGENCY STOP ASSIST
If non-operation by the driver continues during use of Lane Tracing Assist, Driver Emergency Stop Assist* (coordinated with Lane Tracing Assist) supports the driver through audio and visual alerts and gentle deceleration. It then activates the vehicle’s hazard lamps and horn to alert those outside the vehicle to help prevent or reduce damage to the vehicle or to others, while slowing and eventually stopping the vehicle within its lane. After stopping the vehicle, it unlocks the doors and activates an automatic HELPNET* connection for a rescue request, contributing to early driver rescue.
*To be available only in Japan.
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