TORONTO, ON – October 30, 2019 – Break out of the slow lane and accelerate your life behind the wheel with the 2020 Lexus IS series of luxury sport sedans. Engineered for thrilling, inspiring performance and equipped with an impressive bundle of advanced yet intuitive technologies, the Lexus IS is offered in two all-wheel-drive models plus a turbocharged rear-wheel-drive powertrain.
“The IS embodies our passion for the experience of driving,” said Robert Tsang, Director of Lexus in Canada. “At the same time, its bold styling and luxurious amenities make it equally suited to enjoy the long city commute or a thrilling scenic drive.”
New for 2020, Lexus gives the BlackLine treatment to the IS 350AWD. Previously available exclusively on the IS 300 AWD, this exclusive package can now be found on both IS models, and introduces a third striking colour - Ultrasonic Blue Mica – to the IS 350AWD. Also available on the IS 300 AWD, the Blackline Edition is an F SPORT Series 2 model enhanced with a unique style package and finished in a choice of two colour combinations; Ultra White and Obsidian Black with black/blue interior. Pricing for Blackline Editions will be announced later this year.
The Lexus IS series is, at its heart, all about performance – with vehicles designed to create memorable journeys every time the driver gets behind the wheel. To cater to a broad range of driving styles, the IS is available with a choice of three powertrains:
The IS 300 RWD features a 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts 241 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque at the driver’s command, while steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters put an eight-speed direct shift automatic at one’s fingertips.
The IS 300 AWD and IS 350 AWD add an extra dose of exhilaration with a 3.5L naturally-aspirated V6 that generates 260 HP on the IS 300 and 311 HP on the IS 350. This is connected to a six-speed super electronically controlled automatic transmission and linked to the IS’s advanced all-wheel-drive system.
Curbside, all 2020 IS models express their athletic prowess from every angle. The bold spindle grille is flanked by air intakes that clearly announce this sedan’s performance-focused intent. Discreet design elements fuse to impart the impression of a vehicle in motion – even when standing still. Exterior details of note include auto-levelling LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, heated exterior mirrors with integrated signal lamps and alloy wheels. On F SPORT models, their added performance is matched with more aggressive exterior styling – including a distinct F SPORT mesh front grille, larger cooling ducts to help reduce brake fade, and exclusive alloy wheels.
Inside, the IS features a cabin that‘s thoughtfully designed to engage all the senses and enhance the driver’s command and control. A long list of technology and other luxury amenities includes a display audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a multi-information display, signature Lexus analogue clock with LED illumination, the Lexus Smart Key System with Push Button Start and rain-sensing wipers. On F SPORT models, race-inspired interior touches include a three-spoke F SPORT steering wheel, drilled aluminum pedals, and sport seats designed to firmly hold the driver during high-G maneuvers – plus an instrument cluster derived from the Lexus LFA Super Car.
As a Lexus, the 2020 IS series also offers drivers and passengers peace of mind through a comprehensive safety package – starting with Lexus Safety System +. This bundle of active safety technologies (pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with lane keep assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beam system), now standard on 100% Lexus models sold in Canada, supports the driver’s awareness and decision-making under a variety of traffic conditions and contingencies. Other standard safety features include a backup camera, 10 airbags, a direct tire pressure monitoring system, and an anti-theft system.
For 2020, the Lexus IS Series is offered in a range of models and trim levels, as follows:
The 2020 Lexus IS 300 RWD (starting MSRP: $41,250) features a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine, eight-speed sport direct shift automatic transmission, and rear-wheel-drive. This model features a 10-speaker system with 7” display, heated front sport seats, and 17” alloy wheels.
The 2020 Lexus IS 300 AWD (starting MSRP: $43,750) boosts all-weather driving confidence with a 260 HP 3.5L V6, six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. This model features a 10-speaker system with 7” display, heated front sport seats and 17” alloy wheels. It may be enhanced with a variety of available upgrade packages, as follows:
For those seeking more power plus maximum luxury, the 2020 Lexus IS 350 AWD Executive Package (starting MSRP: $53,350) combines a 311 HP 3.5L V6, six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive, and an incredible complement of comfort, convenience and luxury amenities. Standard features include a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system, navigation with 10.3” display and Lexus Remote Touch interface, heated and ventilated front sport seats, a heated steering wheel, clearance and backup sensors, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert safety systems, 18” alloy wheels, a power moon roof, and the adaptive front lighting system. This model may also be ordered in a choice of three F SPORT configurations, as follows:
The 2020 Lexus IS 350 AWD F SPORT Series 2 (starting MSRP: $54,650) enhances performance with the adaptive variable suspension system and F SPORT aerodynamics package. Other upgrades include a driver’s seat memory system, 10-speaker Lexus Premium audio system, and auto-dimming and heated exterior mirrors linked to the seat memory. (This package does not include a power rear sunshade or adaptive front lighting system.)
The 2020 Lexus IS 350 AWD F SPORT Series 3 (starting MSRP: $57,200) also builds on the F SPORT Series 2 model, adding a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio system, a power rear window sunshade and triple LED headlamps.
The 2020 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
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