Lexus_IS_F-Sport_frontLexus has moved from its early days of copying upmarket European styling and now gives us stunning shapes that really grab attention from car enthusiasts. Indeed from any who appreciate bold shapes in any format.

The upmarket Japanese marque has given us advanced information for the 2021 Lexus IS that will launch Downunder late in 2020.

The shape isn’t just there to look good, underneath these slick line Lexus tells us, “There’s strong body rigidity to aid in the elimination of unwanted noise and vibration while improving ride comfort, as well as enhancing steering response.”

inside, Lexus say it has pursued a deep and rich interior by paying close attention to detail, such as in the use of colour in design and as in ornamentation. Door trim features a graphic pattern of embossed intersecting lines, new accents in surface treatments and decorative ornamentation.

A 10.3-inch high-resolution display screen gives access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


As the Lexus IS is a sporty sedan it will be the first model to have the “Lexus Driving Signature” that will become the development standard for all future Lexus models. It’s designed to provide linear vehicle operation that is faithful to a driver’s intentions, providing seamless transition from braking to steering and acceleration through a corner.

These Lexus dynamic values were achieved by utilising the country road test course at the company’s new technical centre in Shimoyama, Japan, which opened in 2019. This course is based on many years of Lexus experience of driving on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Lexus hybrid IS 300h has a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine and electric motor pairing. A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is installed in the IS 300. A 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 powers the IS 350.

Safety features include Driver Emergency Stop Assist, Emergency Stop Assist, Emergency Steering Assist, Pre-Collision Safety System and Low Speed Acceleration Control. The latter supports the prevention of collisions caused by pedal misapplication at low speed.


Lexus Australia chief, Scott Thompson, said, ”Australian customer preferences align perfectly with the focus on sharp design, dynamic performance and cutting-edge technology with the stunning new IS, making it an important addition to Lexus dealerships later this year.

“Combined with Lexus values of customer care and the experiences delivered by the renowned Encore program, loyal and new luxury customers will be delighted by both the new IS and the Lexus luxury lifestyle.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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