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Lexus Introduces Next Generation IS Luxury Sport Sedan With Two New Engines and

All-Wheel Drive


For Immediate Release



(03/23/2005) New York


Lexus unveiled the all-new 2006 IS 350 luxury sport

sedan today at a press conference at the New York Auto Show.

"We're taking dead aim at the top of the class with the new IS,"

  said Lexus Marketing Vice President Mark Templin. "We plan to offer a compelling

  range of models and options with class-leading perfo rmance and luxury."

Four separate models will form the basis of the new IS family in the US market,

  featuring two completely new V6 engines and both rear and all-wheel drive. The

  new IS 250 and IS 250 AWD will feature a 2.5-liter engine rated at more than

  200 horsepower. The top-line IS 350 will be powered by a potent 3.5-liter V6

  engine which will develop more than 300 horsepower.


  Two new transmissions will facilitate power delivery to the wheels. Standard

  in the IS 250, a new 6-speed sequential manual transmission is designed to take

  full advantage of its free-revving V6 engine. A new sequential-shift 6-speed

  automatic will also be offered in the IS 250 and will be standard in the IS

  350 and IS 250 AWD. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic

  are designed to provide maximum involvement and control for driving enthusiasts.

All new front and rear suspension, steering and brake systems will unite with

  standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) in the IS 250 while the IS 350 receives

  Lexus' new Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system to provide superior

  dynamics and control, while continuing the IS legacy of driving fun. The new

  suspension design optimizes dynamic wheel alignment to help provide precise,

  confident handling and maximum tire grip.

With its styling clearly influenced by Lexus recent LF-series of concept cars,

  the new IS shows a strong family resemblance with its stable mate, the 2006

  GS, while capturing its own distinctively sporty, yet upscale essence. A notably

  wide stance and long wheelbase coupled with tightly-drawn bodywork lends a muscular

  and sophisticated style.

The new look continues inside, where a roomy, luxurious yet sporty cabin is

  complemented by intelligently designed displays and controls designed to make

  driving both simple and pleasurable. Bright, clear Optitron gauges and smartly

  integrated metallic and available maple trim help create a luxurious, yet no-nonsense


A comprehensive list of safety, comfort and luxury features seldom found in

  its class will be offered in the newest IS family. For example, Smart Access

  keyless entry with push-button start will be standard, and features such as

  a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and navigation system with back-up camera

  will be available.

These and other features available on the new IS, such as the Adaptive Front

  headlamp System (AFS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and ventilated front seats

  are normally found only in more expensive luxury cars.

New V6 Engines - Powerful and Socially Responsible

  A newly-designed fuel injection system and dual VVT-i will help the new 3.5-liter

  V6 engine achieve more than 300 horsepower, resulting in zero-to-60 mph acceleration

  in less than six seconds. With an estimated combined city/highway fuel economy

  in the high twenties, the IS 350's fuel efficiency is similar to the EPA average

  for compact cars with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines.

The IS 250 will carry a 2.5-liter version of the same advanced V6 engine with

  over 200 hp and more than 180 lb.-ft. of torque. Coupled with a standard 6-speed

  sequential manual transmission, acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour will be

  in the high 7-second range. Estimated combined fuel economy ratings are also

  expected to be in the high-twenties.

With all the new IS models, low-friction engine design and carefully matched

  drivetrains also make significant contributions to fuel efficiency. And all

  of the new IS models are expected to carry the ULEV-II emissions rating.

Power + Control = Driving Pleasure

  Recently introduced on the new GS 430 (and the soon-to-be-released RX 400h),

  Lexus' Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system will also augment the inherently

  excellent dynamics of the new IS 350. In this iteration, VDIM will be programmed

  to allow drivers to probe deeper into the limits of handling before discreetly,

  but effectively applying braking, throttle and steering control. This approach

  is designed to maximize driving fun without giving away control to the elements.

An important contributor to performance, fuel economy and stability lies in

  the new IS' aerodynamic package. Low exterior drag is enhanced with careful

  attention to underbody airflow management designed to minimize and balance front/rear

  lift. The low drag body makes best use of engine power and the low lift enhances

  high-speed stability and handling balance.

  The new Lexus IS luxury sport sedans will go on sale in North America this fall.

  Prices will be announced near the on-sale date.


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