(TORONTO) – Moments of exhilaration are plentiful when Canadian drivers slip behind the wheel of the 2009 Lexus ISseries luxury sport sedan. With a choice of rear wheel or all wheel drive… 2.5litre or 3.5litre engine displacements… and six-speed transmissions in manual or automatic configurations… plus the state of the art Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system as standard equipment on all models… the ISseries puts the focus squarely on performance and handling. Moreover, the 2009 IS series carries a new starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $33,050.

“Canadian drivers looking for an emotional, thrilling ride know that the Lexus ISseries delivers… making every drive the drive of a lifetime,” said Tony Wearing, Managing Director, Lexus of Canada. “And with a new starting price that includes more standard features and specifications, the muscular and track-tested ISturns performance and style into even more attainable luxury.”

For 2009, the ISseries is offered in four models to ensure Canadians passionate about performance can find the luxury sport sedan that’s perfect for their driving style. Regardless of model, each is equipped with a generous suite of performance, handling, safety, comfort and convenience features. New, distinctive grilles and integrated turn signal lamps make the 2009 model year instantly recognizable, while all 2009 models come fitted with VDIM, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and a comprehensive team of braking technologies to ensure the thrill-inducing performance promised at rest is a reality in motion. What’s more, a plethora of upgrade packages allow Lexus guests to make their ISseries luxury sport sedan distinct.

The 2009 Lexus ISseries is now on sale across Canada. The suggested retail price starts at $33,050 for the IS250 RWD with six-speed close-ratio manual transmission and $34,650 for the IS250 RWD with six-speed automatic transmission. The sure-footed Lexus IS250 AWD starts at a suggested $39,200, while the outstanding performance of the IS350 RWD can be enjoyed starting at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $44,550.

 


2009 LEXUS IS250 + IS350 – PRODUCT DETAIL 

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Pick your passion

The 2009 Lexus ISseries luxury sport sedan is available in four models, as follows:

Model

Engine

Max HP

Max Torque

Transmission

Drivetrain

IS250 RWD

2.5L V6

204 HP @ 6,400 RPM

185 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

6-speed manual

Rear Wheel Drive

IS250 RWD

2.5L V6

204 HP @ 6,400 RPM

185 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

6-speed auto Super ECT

Rear Wheel Drive

IS250 AWD

2.5L V6

204 HP @ 6,400 RPM

185 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

6-speed auto Super ECT

All Wheel Drive

IS350 RWD

3.5L V6

306 HP @ 6,400 RPM

277 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

6-speed auto Super ECT

Rear Wheel Drive

Performance to thrill

The Lexus ISseries luxury sport sedans are all about performance to thrill. From powerful engines and highly responsive transmissions, to well-crafted suspension and steering systems and the state of the art Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system – now fitted to all models as standard – the ISseries is a street machine that delivers a pounding-behind-the-ribcage, deep-in-the-gut, sensational driving experience.

It starts with a choice of two performance-tuned V6 engines, in 2.5 litre and 3.5 litre displacements. These are mated to six-speed transmissions in two configurations – close-speed manual or sequential multimode automatic with paddle shifters – and a choice of rear wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations. This lets Canadians pick their perfect passionate performance machine. While performance dictates the engineering behind all IS models, the ISseries engines and transmissions are also remarkably fuel-efficient and deliver superb emissions ratings.

Handling and control

*New for 2009: VDIM standard on all models*

Toss the ISseries into a corner or accelerate on an uneven surface and the sport sedan’s big performance technologies come into place to keep the IS moving solidly on target. The state of the art Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system is standard fitted to all IS models, and backstopped by Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) technologies. Those looking for maximum control in all weather can opt for the IS250 all wheel drive edition.

Engine speed-sensing progressive power-assisted rack and pinion steering works in concert with a specially designed anti-dive and anti-squat independent double-wishbone front suspension featuring gas shocks, coil springs and stabilizer bar to place the IS exactly where the driver desires. The rear multi-link control arm suspension with gas shocks, coil springs and stabilizer bar helps transfer maximum power to the road.

Active and passive safety systems

The 2009 Lexus ISseries seats five adults in comfort and style. But it also incorporates many active and passive safety systems to help protect them. In addition to VDIM, VSC, TRAC and other active handling and control design decisions, the IS features a tire-pressure monitoring system and a generous suite of braking systems. These include power assisted front ventilated disc and rear disc brakes, enhanced with the Lexus Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as standard equipment. The more powerful IS350 RWD benefits from ventilated discs at all four corners.

Inside the ISseries luxury sport sedans, standard safety systems include driver and front passenger airbags and knee airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, and front and rear head/side curtain airbags. Three-point lap and shoulder seatbelts are fitted in all five passenger positions, and include adjustable “B” pillar shoulder belt anchors plus front and rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters. Younger passengers are protected with anchor points for child restraint seats and child protector rear door locks. And because safety is important even when an ISseries luxury sport sedan is parked, all models are also equipped with an anti-theft system and a first aid kit.

Customization

Buyers may personalize their 2009 Lexus ISseries luxury sport sedan on the Lexus of Canada web site (www.lexus.ca) or by visiting any Lexus Dealer across Canada.

Peace of mind

Buyers of any 2009 Lexus ISseries luxury sport sedan enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the industry-leading Lexus comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for four years/80,000 kilometres. Power train components are covered for six years/110,000 kilometres, major emission control components are covered for eight years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for six years with unlimited distance. Service adjustments - minor repairs not usually associated with the replacement of parts - are fully covered for one year/32,000 kilometres, while Lexus owners also enjoy the Tire Road Hazard Protection warranty and access to alternate transportation.

The four-year Lexus Roadside Assistance Program provides travel planning as well as the extra security and confidence of a dedicated toll-free telephone number and emergency service for towing - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The purchase of a new IS250 or IS350 also includes free membership in Club Lexus, an online convenience service that places important vehicle ownership information at the guest’s fingertips.


2009 Lexus IS250 + IS350 – features and specifications

Feature

IS250 RWD (manual)

IS250 RWD (auto)

IS250 AWD

IS350 RWD

Instrumentation: Multi-information display; Tachometer; Outside temperature gauge; Dual trip odometer; Digital clock

Climate control: Dual zone automatic climate control; Soft-touch heater controls; Cabin air filter; Rear seat heater ducts

3-spoke steering wheel; Tilting + telescoping steering column

Cruise control

Power door locks; Key lockout protection; Lexus Smart Key system; Keyless entry with trunk release

Power auto door lock with shifter activation

STD

STD

STD

Wallet-sized Smart Card key

STD

Power windows; Auto up/down function on all windows; Side window defoggers; Tinted glass; High solar energy-absorbing glass

Audio: Lexus Premium Audio system; AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA capability; In-dash six-disc CD changer; Input jack for portable music player; 13 speakers; Steering wheel-mounted audio controls; Satellite radio ready with roof-mounted fin antenna;

Accessory power outlet

Seat coverings

Fabric

Leather

Driver’s seat

Sport seat; Recline + vertical adjustment

Sport seat: Power adjustable lumbar support; Power adjustable recline + vertical + fore/aft position

Sport seat: 10-way power adjustable; Heated

Front passenger seat

Sport seat; Recline + vertical adjustment

Sport seat: Lumbar support; Recline + vertical adjustment

Sport seat: 10-way power adjustable; Heated

Rear seat: Fold down centre armrest with pass-through; Interior trunk/cargo access

Dual illuminated vanity mirrors

Leather-wrapped steering wheel; Metallic shift knob; Front centre console with armrest

Metallic dash accents

STD

STD

STD

STD

Cabin lighting: Illuminated entry with fadeout; Door courtesy lamps; Map lamps; Glove box lamp

In-cabin storage: Door map pockets; Front + rear cup holders; Glove box; Front centre console box; Front seat back pockets

First aid kit; Tire pressure monitoring system; Anti-theft system

Dual exterior mirrors: Integrated signal lamps, Power remote heated and foldable

Halogen headlamps; Fog lamps; Light Control System

Variable intermittent wipers; Mist feature

Aluminum alloy wheels; Wheel locks

Tires

P205/55R16 performance summer radials; Compact spare tire

P225/45R17 all season; Compact spare tire

P225/45R17 (front) and P245/45R17 (rear) all season; Compact spare tire

2009 Lexus ISseries – Available upgrade packages

Leather Package

(IS250 RWD manual; IS250 RWD automatic)

Includes: P225/45R17 (front) + P245/45R17 (rear) all season tires on 17” aluminum alloy wheels; 10-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats; Leather seat surfaces; Heated front driver and passenger seats.

Leather with Moon Roof Package

(IS250 RWD manual; IS250 RWD automatic)

Includes: P225/45R17 (front) + P245/45R17 (rear) all season tires on 17” aluminum alloy wheels; 10-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats; Heated driver and front passenger seats; Leather seat surfaces; Power moon roof.

X Package

(IS250 RWD manual; IS250 RWD automatic)

Includes: P225/40R18 (front) + P255/40R18 (rear) all season tires on 18” aluminum alloy wheels; 10-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats; Heated driver and front passenger seats; Leather seat surfaces; Power moon roof; Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps; Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System.

Sport Package

(IS250 RWD automatic)

Includes: P225/40R18 (front) + P255/40R18 (rear) all season tires on 18” aluminum alloy wheels; Sport tuned front and rear suspensions; Power tilting/telescoping steering column; 10-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats; Heated driver and front passenger seats with ventilation fans; Premium leather seat surfaces; Lexus driver and front passenger seat memory systems with three memory settings for each; Power moon roof; Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps; Adaptive Front Lighting System; Electrochromic side view mirrors; Rain-sensing wipers; Stainless steel scuff plates; Aluminum sport pedals with rubber inserts; 1 wallet-sized Smart Card key.

Leather with Moon Roof Package

(IS250 AWD)

Includes: 10-way power adjustable front passenger seat; Heated driver and front passenger seats; Leather seat surfaces; Power moon roof.

Leather with Moon Roof and Navigation Package

(IS250 AWD)

Includes: 10-way power adjustable front passenger seat; Heated driver and front passenger seats; Leather seat surfaces; Power moon roof; DVD-based navigation system with back-up camera, Bluetooth capability.

Luxury with Navigation Package

(IS250 AWD)

Includes: Power tilting/telescoping steering column; Bluetooth capability; 10-way power adjustable front passenger seat; Heated driver and front passenger seats with ventilation fans; Premium leather seat surfaces; Lexus driver and front passenger seat memory systems with three memory settings for each; Power moon roof; DVD-based navigation system with back-up camera; Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps; Adaptive Front Lighting System; Headlamp washers; Electrochromic side view mirrors; Rain-sensing wipers; Front illuminated “Lexus” scuff plates; Woodgrain trim; Power rear window sunshade; 1 wallet-sized Smart Card key.

Sport Package

(IS350 RWD)

Includes: Limited slip differential; Power tilting/telescoping steering column; Sport tuned front and rear suspensions; P225/40R18 (front) + P255/40R18 (rear) all season radials on 18” aluminum alloy wheels; Heated driver and front passenger seats with ventilation fans; Premium leather seat surfaces; Lexus driver and front passenger seat memory systems with three memory settings for each; Power moon roof; Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps; Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System; Headlamp washers; Electrochromic side view mirrors; Rain-sensing wipers; Aluminum sport pedals with rubber inserts; Chrome scuff plates.

Luxury with Navigation Package

(IS350 RWD)

Includes: Limited slip differential; Power tilting/telescoping steering column; Sport tuned front and rear suspensions; P225/40R18 (front) + P255/40R18 (rear) performance summer radials on 18” aluminum alloy wheels; Heated driver and front passenger seats with ventilation fans; Premium leather seat surfaces; Lexus driver and front passenger seat memory systems with three memory settings for each; Power moon roof; Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps; Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System; Headlamp washers; Electrochromic side view mirrors; Rain-sensing wipers; Aluminum sport pedals with rubber inserts; Front illuminated “Lexus” scuff plates; Woodgrain trim; Power rear window sunshade; Bluetooth capability; DVD-based navigation system with back-up camera; Mark Levinson 5.1 channel audio system with in-dash six-disc DVD changer and 14 speakers.

2009 Lexus ISseries – Technical information

Engine: 2.5L V6

(IS250 RWD, IS250 AWD)

Horsepower: Up to 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM

Torque: Up to 185 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

Features: Dual overhead cams; 24 valves; Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) on both intake and exhaust cams; Direct Injection System; Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i); Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS).

Emissions rating: Tier 2, Bin 5.

Engine: 3.5L V6

(IS350 RWD)

Horsepower: Up to 306 HP @ 6,400 RPM

Torque: Up to 277 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

Features: Dual overhead cams; 24 valves; Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) on both intake and exhaust cams; Direct Injection System; Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection; Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i); Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS).

Emissions rating: Tier 2, Bin 5.

Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence

(All models)

Dual VVT-i is a Lexus engine system that independently varies the intake and exhaust valve timing on a continual basis to deliver optimal valve timing for a full range of driving conditions. It improves drivability, performance and fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions.

Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)

(All models)

The principle behind ETCS-i – sometimes called “drive-by-wire” – is used on all modern racing cars. When the driver depresses the accelerator, the engine instantaneously receives an electronic signal demanding more power. By replacing the traditional, less-efficient cable link between pedal and engine, ETCS-i can provide better fuel efficiency, faster response and smoother acceleration. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Acoustic Control Induction System

ACIS increases the amount of air entering the engine by optimizing the length of the intake manifold under various driving conditions. The result is an increase in engine power and torque whenever the driver needs it most.

Transmission: 6-speed manual

(IS250 RWD)

Features: Close ratio; Overdrive.

Fuel efficiency: 11.6 L/100km city; 7.6 L/100km highway.

Transmission: 6-speed automatic Super ECT

(IS250 RWD, IS250 AWD, IS350 RWD)

Features: Overdrive; Sequential multi-mode shifter; Paddle shift.

Fuel efficiency (IS250 RWD): 9.8 L/100km city; 6.7 L/100km highway.

Fuel efficiency (IS250 AWD): 10.5 L/100km city; 7.6 L/100km highway.

Fuel efficiency (IS350 RWD): 10.9 L/100km city; 7.8 L/100km highway.

Super Electronically Controlled Transmission (Super ECT)

Electronic control of Lexus automatic transmissions has delivered several breakthroughs in driving comfort and vehicle efficiency. Super ECT helps to ensure optimal gear change timing according to throttle position and vehicle load for maximum performance and fuel efficiency. It also networks with the engine’s computer to co-ordinate with other control systems, as appropriate.

Capabilities

Seating capacity: 5 adults

Cargo capacity: 0.378m3 (13.3ft3)

Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management

*New for 2009: Standard equipped on all models*

Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) is the most sophisticated handling and control system Lexus offers. Specially tuned for each vehicle on which it’s fitted, VDIM uses information from computer-linked sensors to compare actual vehicle performance to driver commands. In this way, it’s able to anticipate potential vehicle stability problems such as a skid or slide. VDIM then makes subtle interventions through a combination of braking, throttle, and steering – in most cases, invisible to the driver – to maximize control.

Vehicle Stability Control

The Lexus Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system is an active safety system that automatically helps to control a vehicle when it starts to slide – for example, when trying to turn at too high a speed. VSC compares driver braking and steering commands to the vehicle’s actual performance then activates individual brakes as needed and adjusts the throttle setting to help maintain stability and keep the vehicle on course.

Traction Control

The Lexus Traction Control (TRAC) system helps the vehicle maintain traction when accelerating in slippery conditions. It also engages when the available grip differs from one side of the vehicle to the other, such as when two wheels are on a gravel or grass verge. When drive wheels begin to slip, TRAC automatically adjusts engine power to keep the wheels from losing traction.

 

Antilock Braking System

The Lexus Antilock Braking System (ABS) uses sensors to monitor speed, traction, vehicle load and the driver’s applied brake force. The ABS then controls brake applications to minimize wheel lock-up, reducing the chance of the vehicle skidding. The result is shorter stopping distances on wet, gravely, sandy or other surfaces where traction is questionable.

Brake Assist

The Lexus Brake Assist (BA) system is a system designed to assist the driver during emergency braking by supplementing the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the pedal in an emergency braking situation. It works in conjunction with ABS to minimize lock-up during emergency situations.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution

The Lexus Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system minimizes stopping distances by maximizing the braking power applied to those wheels that have the best grip. This system also automatically adjusts the fore/aft brake balance according to vehicle load, and the right/left brake balance if brakes are applied during cornering.

High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps

Powered by a Xenon gas bulb, these projector-beam HID headlamps use less power, last significantly longer and provide considerably more illumination than halogen bulbs.

Adaptive Front Lighting System

The Lexus Adaptive Front Lighting System pivots the driver-side headlamp up to 15 degrees to the left and the passenger-side headlamp up to five degrees to the right to help illuminate the road through turns.