Lexus IS is Revved Up for 2016

Decisions, decisions! Drivers will have several new options when Lexus rolls out the 2016 Lexus IS. The luxury sport sedan models will enter the 2016 model year with a three model strategy: IS 200t, IS 300 AWD, and IS 350. (The former IS 250 and IS 250 AWD are discontinued.) The IS adds to its stable of engines with rear-wheel drive (RWD), all-weather drive (AWD) and F SPORT variants.

The new IS 200t, available as RWD only, features a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with intercooler paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, cranking out 241 hp. It features a combination of water-cooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and twin scroll turbocharger for fast throttle response, performance and high torque at low engine revs.

2016 Lexus IS 200t

With the popularity of the all-weather drive (AWD) system in inclement weather, Lexus offers the IS 300 AWD with a modified 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The electronically controlled all-weather drive system standard on IS 300 AWD and available on  IS 350 models is designed to help enhance traction and grip under all driving conditions by automatically varying front-to-rear torque balance from 30:70 to as much as 50:50

2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD

Lexus continues to offer the IS 350, in both RWD and AWD models.

2016 Lexus IS 350

In addition to more engine choices, the Lexus IS features a few other changes for 2016. The new optional Premium Plus Package includes a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers.  A heated steering wheel is also now available as a standalone option. The IS 350 adds standard 18-inch five-spoke wheels with all-season tires.

Experience the 2016 Lexus IS line-up at Park Place Lexus Grapevine and Park Place Lexus Plano this fall.