- IS 500 RWD offered in two powerful configurations, built around 472 HP 5.0L V8
- 10 Lexus IS models include IS 300 RWD, IS 300 AWD, and IS 350 AWD configurations
- All models now factory-equipped with Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert
TORONTO, ONTARIO – DECEMBER 15th, 2021 – The Beast is back, and better than ever. The high-performance Lexus IS 500 tops a 10-model lineup of the popular IS series luxury sport sedans with two incredible models.
“Lexus designers and engineers love to drive – and love the exhilarating sensation that one enjoys when in command of a truly impressive driving machine. This is what the IS 500 guest will experience, every time they get behind the wheel,” said Martin Gilbert, Director of Lexus in Canada. “The best part is, the IS 500 joins an already stellar lineup of luxury sport sedans, all of which deliver amazing driving experiences.”
The Lexus IS series is the first of a new breed of performance machines built around the Lexus Driving Signature – an approach that forges an even closer bond between driver and vehicle. The IS was pushed to its limits on the all-new, purpose-built Shimoyama Test Track – 5.3 kilometers of curves, corners, and multiple surfaces, all designed to help Lexus engineers infuse the IS with new levels of performance. Countless tests focused on boosting the rigidity of the body structure, to create a vehicle that provides immediate steering feedback. At the same time, care was taken to reduce unwanted noise and vibration and to elevate ride comfort. Engineers executed multiple refinements to the suspension setup, employing innovative parts and materials and reducing the vehicle’s unsprung weight. This makes the IS a proven performer, ready to turn the most challenging conditions into its playground – all year ‘round.
The Lexus IS series impresses at the starting line, with a provocative design that’s thrilling to look at. Every feature and form speaks to its athletic abilities and aggressive intent. The IS sports a low, wide stance and muscular silhouette. Its signature spindle grille creates an undeniable sense of presence, flanked by sleek, lightweight headlamps that emphasize the vehicle’s low centre of gravity. Sharp character lines, muscular fenders, and large wheels define the profile. An L-shaped blade-style light bar spans the rear of the vehicle, creating an unmistakable lighting signature.
Inside, the IS blends luxury and performance in perfect harmony, with a cabin designed to stir the soul and fan the desire to drive. Power-adjustable front seats hold driver and navigator in firm comfort, ideal for long trips or spirited driving. Sporty touches define the instrument panel, centre cluster, centre display, and two-tone colour scheme. And every IS is well-equipped with intelligent amenities – from the dual-zone automatic climate control system with touch-sensitive controls to the Smart Key System with Push Button Start.
Every IS features a powerful yet intuitive suite of connectivity applications plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Models equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Remote include an 8” touchscreen display plus Service Connect, Safety Connect, and Remote Connect. Those models with Lexus Navigation with Remote feature these services plus Navigation and Destination Assist, with a 10.3” touchscreen display.
As a Lexus, every IS model is impressively equipped with state-of-the-art safety features – including Lexus Safety System + 2.5. This portfolio of active safety technologies supports the driver’s awareness and decision-making under a range of traffic conditions and contingencies. All models this year feature the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety technologies, plus 10 airbags.
The 2022 Lexus IS series lineup includes the IS 500 RWD, IS 350 AWD, IS 300 AWD, and IS 300 RWD.
The IS 300 RWD features a 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts 241 HP and 259 lb-ft of torque at the driver’s command. This is mated to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission for optimum gear selection. Lexus offers this model in a single configuration, as follows:
The 2022 Lexus IS 300 RWD F SPORT 1 (starting MSRP: $43,800) features 19” F SPORT wheels, F SPORT design enhancements, and a gauge cluster inspired by the Lexus LFA Super Car. Other features on this model include heated and ventilated front seats, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Lexus IS 300 AWD features a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 that generates 260 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque. This is fed through a six-speed automatic transmission to the Lexus dynamic torque all-wheel-drive system for elevated confidence and control. Lexus offers this model in five configurations, as follows:
The 2022 Lexus IS 300 AWD Premium (starting MSRP: $44,650) features heated and ventilated front seats, a power moon roof, and a heated steering wheel.
The 2022 Lexus IS 300 AWD Luxury (starting MSRP: $48,550) enhances the Premium model with 19” alloy wheels, Lexus Navigation with Remote and a 10.3” display screen, clearance and backup sensors, a driver’s seat memory system, power tilting and telescoping steering column, heated, auto-dimming memory mirrors, and the Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting system.
The 2022 Lexus IS 300 AWD Ultra Luxury (starting MSRP: $51,850) enhances the Luxury model with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and the Lexus panoramic view monitor.
The 2022 Lexus IS 300 AWD F SPORT 1 (starting MSRP: $46,650) features 19” F SPORT wheels, F SPORT design enhancements, and a gauge cluster inspired by the Lexus LFA Super Car. This model also includes heated and ventilated front seats.
The 2022 Lexus IS 300 AWD F SPORT 2 (starting MSRP: $50,350) enhances the F SPORT 1 package by adding Lexus Navigation with Remote and a 10.3” display screen, a driver’s seat memory system, heated, auto-dimming memory mirrors, a power moon roof, and a heated steering wheel.
The IS 350 AWD sports a 311 HP 3.5L V6 and a six-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission, plus dynamic torque all-wheel-drive. This configuration delivers up to 280 lb-ft of torque. Lexus offers two configurations of this vehicle, as follows:
The 2022 Lexus IS 350 AWD F SPORT 2 (starting MSRP: $54,100) features 19” F SPORT wheels, F SPORT design enhancements, and a gauge cluster inspired by the Lexus LFA Super Car. This model also includes Lexus Navigation with Remote and a 10.3” display screen, a driver’s seat memory system, heated, auto-dimming memory mirrors, a power moon roof, and a heated steering wheel.
The 2022 Lexus IS 350 AWD F SPORT 3 (starting MSRP: $59,900) enhances the F SPORT 2 model, adding triple LED headlamps and the Dynamic Handling Package – including 19” Forged BBS wheels, the Lexus Adaptive Variable Suspension System, SPORT+ mode on the drive mode select system, and silver wood interior accents. New for 2022, this model is now equipped with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, the PVM back monitor, and a parking support brake.
The all-new IS 500 RWD packs a 5.0L V8 under its hood, delivering 472 HP and up to 394 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. Lexus offers this model in two configurations, as follows:
The 2022 Lexus IS 500 RWD F SPORT PERFORMANCE (starting MSRP: $72,900) features the IS 500 tachometer cluster, a Torsen limited slip differential, triple LED headlamps, and the Dynamic Handling Package with 19” Enkei H/P wheels. Other features on this model include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, driver’s seat memory system, heated, auto-dimming memory mirrors, heated steering wheel, PVM back monitor, and a parking support brake.
The 2022 Lexus IS 500 RWD Launch Edition (starting MSRP: $77,650) is a limited production model featuring a special Launch Edition startup animation on the multi-information display, 19” forged dynamic handling BBS wheels, and an exclusive two-tone black and grey ultra-suede interior. This model is available in an exclusive paint finish: Incognito.
The 2022 Lexus IS series is now on sale at Lexus Dealers across Canada. For complete and up-to-date details and specifications, visit www.lexus.ca/is
About Lexus Canada
Lexus Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and sport utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 39 dealers across Canada. Guests have access to a wide range of luxury and performance vehicles with a total of 12 Lexus nameplates available in Canada, including the largest luxury hybrid lineup of 6 hybrid models. Inspired by bold design, intuitive technology, and peak performance, Lexus is committed to delivering the highest quality products and services and creating amazing experiences for their guests. The Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) award-winning Cambridge South plant. For more information about Lexus and Lexus products, please visit: www.lexus.ca.