The 2016 Lexus IS will come with numerous and much needed changes. The 2016 model is said to be far more attractive and appealing model than before, as it will come with better powertrain, improved interior and more modern exterior design. The 2016 Lexus IS will also come with changed model lineup. The manufacturer decided to discontinue the 250 and 250 AWD model. Instead, they will offer three other options: 200t, 300 AWD and 350. The new 2016 Lexus IS will, therefore, now represent a much more interesting sedan, with far more attractive powertrain setups. Also, the new model should offer more gadgets and better interior design, and there are also new packages which can sweeten the deal even more. However, the main focus remains the drivetrain, so let’s take it from there.
2016 Lexus IS Powertrain Setups
The 2016 Lexus IS will offer different engines and setups depending on the model chosen. As we mentioned before, the new sport sedan comes in three variants: 200t, 300 AWD and 350.
2016 Lexus IS 200t
The entry model, the 2016 Lexus IS 200t will be powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill, borrowed from the 2015 Lexus NX. The new unit should provide 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and it will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is a much better option than the V6 engine which motivated the previous Lexus IS model, which was not only weak, but also came with not so great fuel economy.
2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD
The 2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD will be powered by a modified 3.5-liter V6 engine. This mill will now generate 255 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The unit is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
2016 Lexus IS 350
The 2016 Lexus IS 350 will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is going to be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This model of the luxury sedan will keep its former specs, meaning there will be no changes in the mill’s power output. The V6 engine will generate 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.
2016 Lexus IS Interior Changes
Aside from the model lineup and powertrain changes, the new 2016 Lexus IS will also come with improved interior. The new model will now offer a more luxurious cabin throughout its entire model lineup. The new interior design is more classy and modern and it now includes heated and ventilated seats, climate control, Mark Levinson Premium Surround System that delivers 835 watts and comes with a 15 speaker setup and Clari-Fi technology, leather, navigation and numerous other gadgets and details. It is clear that the manufacturer decided to grab a share of its market segment and not let go, since thanks to all these new features, the new 2016 Lexus IS is going to be a far better model than its predecessor.
Additional Packages for Those Who Want More
The 2016 Lexus IS is also going to offer additional equipment packages. The Premium Plus package offers standard 18-inch wheels, power and telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. Also, there is a F SPORT package offered with all three models that features special suspension tuning and there is also Lexus Enform Connect Service at an additional cost.
2016 Lexus IS Release Date
The 2016 Lexus IS release date is still unknown. However, some sources believe it might be released this summer, though in our opinion, this might be too soon.
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