The current model of the IS has been launched back in 2013 as an all new car with an improved platform and engines. However, the base engine of the car has been left unchanged, a 2.5 liter V6 which is average at best. Many people hoped that Lexus was going to change it but for far too long they decided not to. However, a few months ago, Lexus released the 2016 Lexus IS 200t on the European market, a car with an all new engine for the series which is going to start selling in Europe from September this year. Many thought that it was going to be a European only car but it now seems that it will in fact be sold in the US as well.
2016 Lexus IS 200t Release date and Price
However, the US model will only be revealed this winter and it will start selling in the second or third quarter of 2016. This is because Lexus wants to tweak the engine for the US market and on top of that the car may even come with a more powerful version as well.
The price is unknown at this point but the IS 200t is actually expected to be more expensive than the older V6 model because it will also be better equipped. The base price should be around the $39,000 which is only slightly higher than before.
Exterior of the 2016 Lexus IS 200t
Let’s start with the exterior of the 2016 Lexus IS 200t which is by far one of the most impressive cars in its class. The front end has the same spindle grille as all the other Lexus cars but the IS also features the RC-inspired daytime running lights which really do make it stand out.
On top of that, the IS200t model comes with a sportier body kit than before, bigger 17 inch wheels and high performance tires. In the back there is a dual exhaust system as well as LED tail lights which really do complete the look. The F-Sport package will also add a new exhaust system, a different intake for the engine in order to create a better sound as well as new 18 inch wheels.
Lexus IS 200t Interior
The cabin of the car on the other hand remained pretty much unchanged over that of the V6 model. The dashboard remains the same angular design which is actually nice because the IS is one of the more unique cars in its class when it comes to the design of the interior.
As standard the 200t model will be offered with leather upholstery, a surround audio system with an included 7 inch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control as well as a multifunctional steering wheel.
IS 200t Engine
The biggest change over the older IS250 model is the engine of the car. The 2016 Lexus IS 200t has a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 engine which may sound like a downgrade but the car has more power and torque as well as much better performance and fuel consumption figures.
The engine can provide 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque which is nearly a 30% improvement over the old V6. Unfortunately though, this engine will not be available with a manual or even with all wheel drive which is a bit of a shame.
However, Lexus says that it will be more efficient than before thanks to its new 8 speed automatic, rear wheel drive system and the variable geometry turbocharger which does not have any lag.
A potential all wheel drive system has been said to make use of a new engine and rumors say that this engine will still be a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 but this time it will make upwards of 280 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque in order to be able to provide the performance required for a sporty sedan.