In its second year on the market, the next-generation Lexus IS
250 luxury sport sedans ratchet up both handling performance and comfort with reconfigured standard equipment, option packages, and the ability to disengage the stability and traction control systems. The V6-powered Lexus IS models, which debuted in 2006, combine striking styling with one of the most compelling packages of performance, luxury, and safety in this highly competitive segment.
The 2007 IS line again offers three models, each powered by a new-generation, high-output V6 engine. The IS 250 is powered by a 204-horsepower 2.5-liter version of the new V6 and is available as a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive model.
New for 2007, the "X Package" option for the IS rear-wheel-drive models combines sport suspension and five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a boldly styled front-lip spoiler, sport pedals, and illuminated door scuff plates. A new Premium Package has been made standard for the all-wheel drive IS 250 and optional for the rear-wheel-drive models and includes perforated leather seating trim and heated and ventilated front seats. The comprehensive "Sport" and "Luxury" option packages share much of their content, with the Sport Package also including sport suspension.
"Lexus alone offers a unique choice in the entry-luxury segment, with the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive IS models emphasizing the sportier side and the front-wheel drive ES 350 focusing on ultimate comfort," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter. "The ES and IS models, of course, deliver the expected Lexus dedication to quality, along with true luxury that enhances the driving experience rather than distracting from it."
True to Lexus tradition, the IS 250 model has been rewarding customers with exemplary quality. Most recently, the IS was named Highest-Ranked Entry Premium Car in the in the 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM.
The Lexus IS sedans show a strong family resemblance to the Lexus GS, while establishing their own distinctively upscale, sporty presence. A notably wide stance and long wheelbase, coupled with tightly drawn bodywork, give the IS an athletic yet sophisticated style. Carefully shaped body contours, a subtle ducktail-curved trunk lid and "air kick" tail lamps contribute to a low 0.28 coefficient of drag (Cd). Close attention to underbody-airflow management reduces drag and also helps minimize and balance front and rear lift to enhance high-speed stability and handling.
While the sound of powerful V6 engines will resonate with driving enthusiasts, all vehicle occupants will appreciate Lexus’ ability to keep undesirable noises to a minimum. A highly rigid body structure is the starting point for controlling noise intrusion. Strategically placed noise-suppression materials, including special window and door seals, acoustic windshield glass and asphalt sheeting, take over from there. The attention paid to reducing aerodynamic drag is also evident in the A-pillar and outside rearview mirror designs, which lower wind noise from a notoriously difficult area. No detail has been overlooked, down to sound-absorbing sun visors.
High-Technology Safety and Luxury
In addition to their performance-oriented powertrains, the IS models bring a wide array of standard and available features designed to convey the true Lexus feel throughout. Lexus’ focus on safety for the IS models includes standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) for the IS 250. The IS 350 is exclusively equipped with a sport-oriented version of the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, an advanced technology that integrates all of the car’s dynamic-control systems. All IS models feature eight standard airbags, and the IS was the first car in its segment to offer an optional pre-collision system that can help reduce collision damage.
The Lexus IS also offers premium, high-technology options more often associated with prestige-luxury models, such as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS); heated and ventilated front seats; a power-tilt-telescope steering wheel and – exclusive to Lexus – a 14-speaker Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System.