2016 Lexus GX460 Offers Full Luxury With Full Off-Road Capability

  • Full-Capability Luxury SUV With Full-Time 4WD and Advanced Dynamic Control Systems
  • 6,500-pound Towing Capacity
  • Available Advanced Safety Includes Driver Attention Monitor
  • Available Peace of Mind With Lexus Enform Service Connect and Lexus Enform Remote

July 24, 2015 – 2016 Lexus GX460 Product Information
From the urban asphalt jungle to the last mile of the Rubicon Trail, the 2016 Lexus GX460 can navigate rough roads while keeping passengers pampered in luxury amenities. The GX460 is one of the very few full-capability luxury SUVs available today and it performs with Lexus quality and reliability.

With a robust body-on-frame construction, standard V8 power, a durable full-time 4WD system and a veritable arsenal of advanced dynamic control technologies, the Lexus GX460 can boldly go where active families don’t fear to tread. It does so while offering generous towing capacity, room for up to seven, and coddling passengers with ride smoothness and true luxury that define the brand.

For 2016, the GX can provide its occupants additional peace of mind. Drivers can now opt in for Lexus Enform Service Connect (one-year trial subscription included). This new service allows customers to remotely view information about certain aspects of their Lexus vehicle via the MyLexusandBeyond mobile application for iOS smartphone users or LexusDrivers.com. Information includes maintenance alerts, warning light notifications and a vehicle health report that includes email and push notifications for diagnostic information, required maintenance reminders, current vehicle alerts, service campaigns, and more.

Also available is Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included) which allows the owner to remotely view and control certain vehicle features using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Key features include remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor and more.

One Vehicle, for All Weeks and Weekends
With the popularity of crossover-type luxury-utility vehicles – a segment that Lexus created with the original RX model in 1998 – the choices in full-capability traditional-type SUVs are limited. So it pays to be the best of a small group.

The Lexus GX460 easily performs family commuter duties during the week and can comfortably switch to more demanding 4×4 needs on the weekend. A 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 provides 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque, helping make the GX460 an excellent vehicle for towing, with a 6,500-lb. trailer capacity. Making towing easier, standard Trailer Sway Control uses the Vehicle Stability Control to enhance straight-line tracking.

A key to the GX460’s dual personalities is its standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which helps to significantly reduce body lean without resorting to stiffer springs and dampers.

Full 4-Wheel Drive Capability
The Lexus GX460’s on-road smoothness and quiet ride belie its considerable trail-driving capability. It starts with true, full-time 4-wheel drive, which uses an electronically controlled transfer case and a TORSEN® torque-sensing limited slip center differential. The TORSEN differential distributes power 40:60 under most driving conditions and changes the ratio as needed based on wheel slip. The system offers a low range for off-road driving, and the center differential can be electronically locked.

The GX460 brings its considerable 4WD capability to on-road driving, as well. As you drive through a curve, for example, the system can change the torque split to 30:70 to enhance vehicle tracking. If wheels spin, the center differential can change the ratio to 50:50 to help control the slippage. The system can respond to sudden changes in road-surface conditions, such as driving through a puddle or over an ice patch.

The off-road capability starts with a low range, and it is supported by a wide array of chassis control technology. With Downhill Assist Control (DAC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and available Crawl Control, the GX460 has the capability to traverse unpaved, uneven trails and steep inclines. In some off-road conditions, the driver might have a hard time knowing which direction the front wheels are pointing, so the GX460 comes with a standard steering angle indicator in the gauge panel.

Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) provides the traction benefits of having locking front and rear differentials, but with lower weight. The system can apply the brake to a slipping wheel, while transferring torque to the wheels with better traction.

Steady Going, Even When the Going Gets Tough
The Lexus GX460 employs two suspension technologies to achieve an impressive balance of on-road smoothness and off-road prowess. On-road, the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) uses electronically controlled dampers that adjust to road surface conditions. The driver can tailor ride and handling characteristic by selecting from among Normal, Sport or Comfort modes.

The real trick of balancing capability with comfort falls to the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). Lexus was able to make the stabilizer bars stiffer to reduce maximum body-lean angle by as much as 50 percent. Normally, that would impinge the axle and wheel articulation needed for handling certain off-road situations. KDSS uses hydraulic cylinders acting on each stabilizer bar, and linked by a pressure-sensing valve, to continually vary the actual lean resistance.

When driving in off-road situations, KDSS reduces sway resistance, which allows the wheels to move with a larger degree of side-to-side independence. When the GX460 encounters an uneven surface, one compressed cylinder causes fluid to flow to the other cylinder, helping the vehicle to keep all four wheels on the ground. That’s a lot easier than you crawling beneath the vehicle to disconnect the stabilizer bars, which is what drivers of some 4×4 vehicles will do before traversing a difficult trail.

During on-road cornering, when both front and rear hydraulic cylinders are in a neutral position, no fluid flows in the system and the stabilizer bars work conventionally to help reduce body lean.

Crawling Before Running
Trail drivers who encounter steep and rocky hills know well the skill and concentration needed to manipulate the throttle, brake and steering and keep the vehicle moving forward securely. The Lexus GX460 offers Crawl Control, which automatically modulates the throttle and brake, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering.

Crawl Control can also help you navigate the vehicle through sand, mud or snow. It can be engaged when the driver shifts into low range. The system allows the vehicle to move forward or in reverse at one of five driver-selectable low-speed settings. Crawl Control also engages the front and rear “virtual” locking differentials to help reduce tire slippage and optimize chassis behavior.

Multi-tasking Multimedia
Need to keep tabs on several things at once? The GX460’s multimedia system uses a customizable home screen that can display three sections simultaneously. For example, you can view a single display (navigation/map), dual display (navigation/map + audio, compass or other function) or three displays on the same screen (navigation/map + audio + weather). And, three-dimensional map views help make the available navigation system highly effective.

The touch-screen Display Audio uses an eight-inch screen that includes a backup camera, HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. The system also incorporates cache radio which has the ability to pause live radio.

Ever wish you could pause time? Pushing the cache radio button is the next best thing when a favorite song comes on while you’re busy doing something, like conducting a transaction at a bank drive-through. The feature will then save up to 15 minutes of broadcast to replay later.

iPhone® users (iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models forward) can get things done just by asking through standard Siri® Eyes Free Mode. Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more.

Advanced Safety Systems
You can also expect the Lexus GX460 to go above and beyond with safety features. Technologies that exemplify the brand’s forward thinking here are found in the optional Driver Support Package, which includes the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help maintain a pre-set following distance from a vehicle traveling ahead.

The Driver Attention Monitor helps to address a growing safety concern, that of driver inattention. The innovative system uses a camera to monitor the orientation of the driver’s face. If it determines that the driver is not facing forward when an obstacle is detected by PCS, a warning chime and a warning display convey alerts. If the driver doesn’t respond as the vehicle gets closer to the obstacle, the next level of warning is PCS gently applying the brakes. At the same time, the system automatically retracts the front seatbelts and prepares the brake system to respond with increased force when you step on the brake pedal.

By monitoring certain lane markings, Lane Departure Alert can detect unintentional lane departure and sound a warning buzzer and display a visual alert. Also part of the Driver Support Package, Intelligent High Beam brings courtesy and safety to the road by automatically switching high beams to low when meeting oncoming vehicles or approaching vehicles from the rear.

Connected and Informed with Lexus Enform
Your smartphone works a whole lot smarter inside a Lexus GX460. When equipped with the available Navigation System, it also comes with Lexus Enform Destinations (Destination Assist, eDestination), and the subscription-free Lexus Enform App Suite.

These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Destination Search, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio (including Pandora®, iHeartRadio™ and Slacker), search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on Facebook Places™.

Lexus Enform Safety Connect features Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assist Button, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and is standard on all 2016 Lexus vehicles. Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Lexus Enform Destinations include a complimentary one-year trial subscription. The Lexus Enform response centers operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What’s New for 2016
Sepia NuLuxe trim
Available Lexus Enform Service Connect and Lexus Enform Remote

Vehicle Details
– Chassis/Body/Suspension/Tires
– Robust body-on-frame construction
– Available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) features three modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort. (GX460 Luxury)
– Available Adjustable Height Control (AHC) helps enhance the vehicle’s flexibility in a wide range of driving situations. (GX460 Luxury)
– Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) provides additional control for off-road driving by helping to keep the vehicle from rolling back while starting on a steep incline.
– Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is designed to augment the low-speed descending ability of the transmission’s low range by helping to hold the vehicle to a target speed with no intervention from the driver.
– 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60R18 mud and snow tires.

Safety/Security Features
– The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) includes 10 airbags: advanced driver and front passenger airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags; second-row seat-mounted side airbags (outboard), and roll-sensing side curtain airbags covering all three rows.
– Active front headrests move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain types of rear-end collisions.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience
– Standard features include: 10-way power-adjustable, front seats; automatic dual-zone climate control; steering wheel audio controls; power moonroof; memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirror positions, and integrated HomeLink® transmitter.
– The versatile passenger-side second row seat slides 5.3 inches fore/aft to maximize passenger and cargo carrying ability.
– The foldable and reclining second row seats also feature a 60/40 walk-in function to access the available power fold-flat third row seats.
– The rear hatch window has a flip-up glass panel for added convenience.
– Standard Lexus nine-speaker Premium Sound System with iPod®/USB connectivity, Bluetooth hands free phone capability and music streaming, and an integrated SirusXM Satellite Radio receiver (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included).
– Standard rear back-up camera displays images on the eight-inch audio display screen, or the optional navigation system’s LCD display.

Luxury Options
– 17-speaker Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio system with 330-watts output at less than 0.1 percent Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), 7.1 channel architecture
– Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system includes two LCD screens, one in each of the front seat backrests, two wireless headphones, HDMI input, 12-volt connector in the rear console, and remote control.
– Comfort Package (GX460 only) includes heated/ventilated front seats, heated second row outboard seats, and three-zone automatic climate control for enhanced passenger comfort.
– Driver Support Package (GX460 Luxury) includes Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Driver Attention Monitor and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Lane Departure Alert; and Wide-view Front and Side Camera which is designed to enhance visibility in tight settings, such as parking garages, and to help the driver’s view around corners when pulling out of parking spaces into traffic or stopped at intersections and T-junctions; Crawl Control; Mark Levinson Audio System; Intelligent – High Beams; and Navigation with eight-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and more .
– Intuitive Parking Assist helps the driver detect obstacles at the front, rear or corners of the vehicle and helps guide the GX into the garage or parking spaces. (Available on GX460; standard on GX460 Premium and GX460 Luxury).

Warranty
– 48-month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
– 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
– 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

2016 Lexus CT 200h Offers Compact Attitude With Impressive MPG

  • 42 MPG EPA Estimated Combined Fuel Economy
  • F SPORT Package Delivers Sporty Performance
  • Peace of Mind with Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Enform Service Connect
July 24, 2015 – 2016 Lexus CT 200h Product Information
What do you get when Lexus melds a sporty luxury compact with an environmentally conscientious attitude? The 2016 CT 200h. With an EPA-estimated 42 MPG combined fuel economy the CT 200h is one of six hybrid models Lexus offers for 2016. Lexus has been the hybrid luxury leader since it introduced the first luxury hybrid more than 10 years ago.

The CT 200h broke new ground for Lexus, introducing the brand to a younger generation of highly discerning customers. They, too, quickly discovered the refinement and driving pleasure that characterize the progressive luxury inherent in every Lexus.

A sporty chassis keeps the CT 200h connected to the road’s curves, and for 2016, the dashing look is enhanced with a chrome surround grille.

Drivers can also now opt in for additional peace of mind with Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus Enform Service Connect. Lexus Enform Remote (subscription required), allows the owner to remotely view and control certain vehicle features using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices.  Key features include remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor and more. Lexus Enform Service Connect (subscription required) allows customers to remotely view information about certain aspects of their Lexus vehicle via the MyLexusandBeyond mobile application for iOS smartphone users or LexusDrivers.com.  Information includes maintenance alerts, warning light notifications and a vehicle health report that includes email and push notifications for diagnostic information, required maintenance reminders, current vehicle alerts, service campaigns, and more.

What Makes It Go (On So Little Fuel)
There’s no magic needed to get sporty performance with EPA fuel economy estimates of 43 MPG city / 40 MPG highway / 42 MPG combined. It just takes the world’s deepest well of hybrid expertise and experience. In the CT 200h, that translates to a 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder gas engine teamed to a 650 volt motor/generator for a combined output of 134 horsepower. A second motor in the hybrid system serves as both engine starter and generator to charge the hybrid battery pack.

The powertrain is mated to an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT) that makes the best use of the instant torque of the electric motor and quickly finds the optimal gear ratio to enhance the driving experience.

It’s the unseen engineering details that really make a difference in the CT’s fuel efficiency. For example, an exhaust heat recovery system uses the heat of spent exhaust gases to speed engine coolant warm-up. That in turn allows the hybrid system to stop the engine earlier and more often in the driving cycle when it’s not needed, for example in low-power-demand city driving conditions.

Like other Lexus models, the CT 200h puts a wide range of vehicle control at the driver’s fingertips through the Lexus Drive Mode Select system. You can choose from four distinct modes: Normal, Sport, Eco or EV. Normal mode has an essentially linear throttle response that gives naturally progressive power. Sport mode yields a more responsive and dynamic driving experience.

In Eco mode, air conditioning settings are adjusted and the throttle response is reduced relative to the pedal angle to emphasize fuel economy. Under certain circumstances, the EV mode can allow the CT 200h to be driven short distances using only the electric motors. It’s ideal for crawling through a crowded parking lot or garage when searching for a space, for example.

F SPORT: Look Sporty. Feel Sporty.
The F SPORT is hard to miss, thanks to its exclusive mesh version of the Lexus spindle grille, black contrast roof, rear spoiler with two large air ducts, 17-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels with two-tone graphite and machine finish and mesh and fog lamp inserts with black surrounds.

For even more head-turning power, the F SPORT offers two unique exterior colors:  Ultra White and Ultrasonic Blue Mica. Another of the color choices, Redline, features a highly scratch resistant self-restoring coat.

It’s not all about great looks. The CT’s F SPORT-tuned suspension includes specially tuned dampers and springs to increase agility, making every drive feel its sportiest.

It Is A Lexus, After All
Compact, sporty and shockingly thrifty with fuel, the CT 200h is of course a pure Lexus. That means a considerably higher level of luxury than you’ll see in anything this size. Standard features include a 10-way power driver’s seat and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Available cabin choices like NuLuxe seating reflect the CT’s eco-conscious mission. NuLuxe seating material offers the elegant look and supple feel of leather. Yet, even compared to other synthetic leathers, NuLuxe weighs half as much, and its manufacturing process generates far fewer CO2 and VOC emissions. Perforated Flaxen leather is also available, accentuated by metallic interior trim that highlights the CT’s sporty nature.

Informative and Conversational
The available Display Audio/Navigation screen controls a multimedia system featuring complimentary HD Radio™, real-time traffic, and weather. Models equipped with the optional navigation system use Remote Touch Interface.

The cache radio feature will quickly endear itself. If you’re busy with something when a favorite song comes on the radio, such as paying a toll or waiting at a bank or coffee drive-through, cache radio will store it for up to 15-minutes and let you listen later. Or, tag it with iTunes® Tagging to download later.

The standard six-speaker audio system features the world’s first automotive speakers constructed with sustainable bamboo and resin. You may hear voices with greater clarity than you have before. A 10-speaker system is available. Both systems, of course, live up to the brand’s reputation for stellar sound. The Display Audio and Navigation systems both employ Bluetooth® 3.0 and dual USB ports to ensure you can connect your music any way you like.

New for 2016

  • Grille with chrome surround
  • Optional moonroof
  • Available Lexus Enform Remote for vehicles equipped with optional Lexus Display Audio or Navigation
  • Available Lexus Service Connect

Vehicle Details
Chassis/Body/Suspension/Tires/Brakes

  • Suspension design combines a MacPherson strut front system with a fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension.
  • A unique lateral performance damper system is designed to absorb and minimize body vibrations to offer a more linear steering feel and further enhanced ride comfort.
  • The CT 200h braking system is augmented by regenerative braking which also helps recharge the hybrid battery pack and improve fuel economy.
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels on the CT 200h are equipped with P215/45 R17 all-season tires.

Safety

  • Standard eight-airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags and knee airbags, side curtain airbags, and front seat-mounted side airbags.
  • Optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control can help reduce collision damage. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help maintain a pre-set distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS is equipped with a front-mounted radar sensor that is designed to detect certain obstacles in front of the car.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience

  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support and four-way manual-adjustable front passenger seat.
  • The standard six-speaker audio system features the world’s first automotive speakers constructed with sustainable bamboo and resin.
  • Voice recognition and Bluetooth technology hands-free communication when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Siri® Eyes Free Mode  (iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models forward) lets you call contacts , get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, select and play music from iTunes® and much more.

Luxury Options

  • Navigation with Lexus Enform Destinations, Lexus Enform App Suite (Destination Services, Pandora®, iHeartRadio, Slacker, Open Table®, Yelp®, Movie Tickets.com), and HD Radio with iTunes tagging. Package includes HDD navigation system, back-up camera and voice command. Also features Bluetooth hands-free phone, phone book download capability and Lexus’ exclusive Remote Touch controller with user-adjustable haptic feedback.
  • The Premium Audio Package includes the Lexus Premium Audio System with 10-speakers and six-disc CD changer, Homelink and electrochromic rearview mirror with compass.
  • The Leather Package includes perforated leather-trimmed seats, driver memory, and rain sensing variable intermittent wipers.
  • LED low-beam headlamps with headlamp washers
  • Electrochromic (auto-dimming) rearview mirror with backup camera
  • Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Park Assist
  • Seat Comfort Package: Heated front seats and four-way power passenger seat
  • Power tilt-and-slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and manual sliding sunshade.

Exterior Design

  • The spindle grille is flanked by headlamp clusters positioned on a higher plane than the grille itself.
  • Headlamps focus on piercing, single halogen or optional twin LED low beam lamps.
  • Compact and aerodynamic door mirrors with an integral, LED side turn signal lamp.
  • Tail lamps incorporate a Lexus L-shaped motif.
  • Aerodynamic detailing of the lower bumper and finned rear undercover smooths airflow from beneath the car, further improving both vehicle stability and fuel consumption.

Interior Design

  • The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper, Display Zone, with an  seven-inch, LCD multi-display screen located at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing, and a lower, Operation Zone, which allows access to the uniquely designed shift lever and system controls.
  • The front seats feature pronounced side bolsters engineered with internal wire framing for additional lateral support during high-G cornering.
  • Extensive use of metallic finishes and dark, soft touch materials reinforces the premium quality of the cockpit.
  • Ecological Plastics with 30 percent plant-based Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) materials are used for the floor mats, deck side and deck board trim. The CT is more than 80 percent recyclable and is designed to be easily dismantled. Recycle marks have been placed on the front, rear and tailgate trim to facilitate optimum recycling.

F SPORT Package

  • F SPORT-tuned suspension and 17-inch wheels two-tone finish.
  • Front grille with mesh inserts, metal front scuff plates, black contrast roof, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel, leather-trimmed shift knob, aluminum sport pedals and metallic trim on the dash panel all add to the sporty feel.
  • Black NuLuxe trimmed seats or perforated black leather-trimmed seats with white perforation are available.

Warranty

  • 48-month/50,000miles basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.
  • Eight years/100,000 miles hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery-control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter.

Lexus IS Sport Sedan Gets Revved Up In 2016 With Three Available Engines

  • 2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Gas Engine for New Lexus IS 200t
  • New 3.5L V6 Engine Provides More Options for All-Weather Drive with Lexus IS 300 AWD
  • Agile Handling Throughout IS Lineup
  • Available F SPORT Package Heightens Driving Experience
July 24, 2015 – 2016 Lexus IS Sedan Product InformationThe Lexus IS luxury sport sedan models will continue to delight drivers with their balance of luxury, agility and sportiness as they enter 2016 model year with a three model strategy with 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 and receives a turbocharged gas engine, bringing the number of engine alternatives to three.  Drivers will have a hard time deciding which IS to take home 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. This engine cranks out 241 hp and has 258 lb.-ft. torque at 1,650-4,400 rpm. Lexus developed the turbocharged engine in house, first integrated it into the NX luxury utility hybrid for 2015 model year, and modified it for IS 200t.

The IS 200t 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.  Variable Valve Timing intelligent – Wide (VVTi-W) allows the engine to switch between the Otto and Atkinson cycles.

The D-4ST direct injection system combines a high pressure fuel system for injection directly in to the cylinders with a low pressure system for injection into the ports. Injection is split between the direct and port injectors according to the engine load to help fuel economy.

With the popularity of the all-weather drive (AWD) system in inclement weather, Lexus offers the IS 300 AWD with 255 hp and 236 lb.-ft. torque at 2,000-4,800 rpm.  The IS 300 AWD features a modified 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Lexus continues to offer the IS 350, in both RWD and AWD models.

The IS sedans convey an aggressive yet elegant presence with the brand’s unmistakable spindle grille, L-theme LED daytime running lights and dynamic bodylines. The lineup combines silken power delivery with multi-link rear suspension and finely tuned electronic power steering derived from the Lexus GS sedan to deliver a rousing driving experience.

At the same time, the brand’s hallmark luxury and sumptuous appointments remains intact.  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 Lexus IS 350 adds standard 18-inch five-spoke wheels with all-season tires.

Drivers can also now opt in for additional peace of mind with Lexus Enform Service Connect. Lexus Enform Service Connect (one-year complimentary subscription) allows customers to remotely view information about certain aspects of their Lexus vehicle via the MyLexusandBeyond mobile application for iOS smartphone users or LexusDrivers.com. Information includes maintenance alerts, warning light notifications and a vehicle health report that includes email and push notifications for diagnostic information, required maintenance reminders, current vehicle alerts, service campaigns, and more.

The IS 350 delivers scintillating performance from a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 306 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Its eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission integrates advanced G-force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) system to choose gears intuitively. Or, shift yourself with the paddle shifters.

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.

A Drive Mode Select system features up to four driving modes to tailor the car’s combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics. All IS sedans feature ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT modes. Equipping the IS 350 with the F SPORT package also nets Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), controlled with SPORT S and SPORT S+ modes. In addition, AWD models also feature a SNOW mode.

Available for all IS sedan models, the F SPORT package sharpens handling acuity with unique 18-inch wheels and special suspension tuning, while sharpening the design with unique interior and exterior trim. The finishing touch on the F SPORT experience for IS 300 AWD and IS 350 is an intake sound that creates a more sporting engine note.

A Display Audio system equips the IS models with a seven-inch screen, HD Radio™, Bluetooth®audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. The multimedia system also incorporates cache radio which has the ability to pause live radio. It automatically records the previous 15 minutes for convenient replay.

Keeping drivers connected, all IS models have Siri® Eyes Free mode, with technology licensed from Apple®. Compatible with the iPhone® 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri responds to verbal requests to play music from iTunes®, get turn-by-turn navigation, and much more. Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while Siri reads notifications and calendar information and lets you, when safe to do so, add reminders, appointments and notes.

Luxuries abound in the 2016 Lexus IS models. A high-efficiency dual-zone climate control system uses touch-sensitive electrostatic temperature switches. The IS offers two multimedia systems: a standard high-resolution Lexus Display Audio (LDA) with controller or the optional Lexus navigation system.

The navigation system puts a world of capability at the driver’s fingertips via the second-generation Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) multi-function control device. The RTI also allows control of the climate, audio, phone controls and more. Lend your ears to the available Mark Levinson®Premium Surround System and enjoy strikingly life-like sound reproduction, with 835 watts powering 15 speakers.

The IS models exemplify the brand’s advanced passive and active safety technology. Ten Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags are standard, and the IS models employ the innovative Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, which integrates: Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) active safety systems with the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) or, where fitted (for IS 350 RWD F SPORT), Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

The 2016 IS models can also be equipped with the available pre-emptive Pre-Collision System (PCS), which incorporates Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The model range offers several safety features, including a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system and a standard Auto Location Tire Pressure Warning System (AL-TPWS).

What’s New for 2016

  • New IS 200t model with inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine, engine oil cooler and ventilated rear brakes
  • New IS 300 AWD model featuring 3.5-liter V6
  • Standard 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels for IS 350 models
  • Heated steering wheel available as a standalone option
  • New Premium Plus Package with power/tilt telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers
  • Available Lexus Enform Service Connect

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Brakes/Tires

  • Advanced construction techniques include laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding that help provide enhanced overall body rigidity.
  • Rear sub frame and cowl side braces help to further enhance handling control and steering response.
  • Electric Power Steering System for a smoother more accurate feel with greater feedback.
  • One 17-inch alloy wheel design and three 18-inch alloy wheel designs.

Safety/Security

  • High- and ultra-high-tensile steel body structure help provide occupant protection.
  • Available Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control can help reduce collision damage.  Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system uses millimeter-wave radar to help measure and help maintain a pre-set distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS is equipped with a front-mounted radar sensor that is designed to detect certain obstacles in front of the car.
  • Ten SRS airbags; two-stage dual SRS front airbags, driver and front passenger SRS knee airbags, front and rear SRS side airbags, as well as full length SRS side curtain airbags.

Luxury/Comfort/Convenience

  • Interior design with LFA-inspired, driver-focused cockpit and enhanced rear seat roominess and luggage capacity.
  • Quilted driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with touch-sensitive electrostatic switches.
  • Lexus Display Audio (LDA) with display audio controller.
  • Available Lexus navigation system with Remote Touch Interface (RTI) and Lexus Enform App Suite.
  • 4.2-inch full color multi-information display including audio, trip, navigation, phone, ambient temperature.
  • Available Lexus Enform Remote (one-year trial subscription included) allows the owner to remotely view and control certain vehicle features (remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; and more ) using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

Luxury Options

  • Mark Levinson® Premium Surround System with Unity, Wide Dispersion and Inverted Motor Structure loudspeaker technology with 15 speakers and 835-watts.
  • The Clari-Fi technology on the available Mark Levinson system automatically analyzes compression in the signal of digital tracks (satellite radio, mobile streaming, mp3, etc.) and determines how much amplification is needed, and where, to correct it.
  • Luxury Package with electrochromic side mirrors with reverse tilt-down and memory, leather-trimmed interior, seat heater/ventilation, and more.

Exterior Design

  • Compared to previous generation, the wheelbase is increased by nearly three inches and width by nearly half an inch, for an aggressive stance.
  • A further evolution of the spindle grille features a more three-dimensional design with a chrome-plated frame and darker gray insert from top to bottom.
  • Standard HID low/high beam headlamps with LED DRLs and available twin projector LED low/ high beam headlamps.
  • Eight exterior colors: Eminent White Pearl, Ultra White Metallic (exclusive to F SPORT), Nebula Gray Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Redline, and Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 (exclusive to F SPORT).

Interior Design

  • Driver-oriented cockpit design inspired by Lexus LFA supercar.
  • Dashboard is divided into two distinct zones, a display zone and an operation zone, offering drivers more comfortable, ergonomically ideal interaction with the vehicle’s control systems.
  • Combination of longer wheelbase and a special front seat design increases rear seat legroom by 1.6 inches
  • Standard 60:40 split-folding rear seats.
  • Five interior colors: Black, Light Gray, Parchment, Flaxen and Rioja Red (exclusive to F SPORT)
  • Soft touch finishes throughout, including padding on the center console sides.
  • Silver metallic trim analog clock with surface-emitting illumination.

Warranty

  • 48 month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.