Compact saloon benefits from mild facelift
12 November 2008

Lexus has announced a package of revisions for the IS saloon, with revised styling, improved safety features and a price drop of up to £1000.

The 2009 Lexus IS will get a restyled front bumper and radiator grille, plus subtle changes to the rear lights. A new SE-I trim level is also being introduced, between the entry-level SE and the range-topping SE-L.

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Prices will drop across the range with the base model IS 220d SE now starting at £22,490, a saving of £702 over the current cheapest IS 220d model. Prices for IS 250 SE models will fall by £1057.

Emissions will also fall, with the IS 220d benefiting from a 5g/km reduction in CO2 output, down from 168g/km, lowering it to Band D Vehicle Excise Duty.

George Barrow

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15 November 2008

Well priced and very competitive car in this sector

Anyone have any thoughts on Lexus increasing their presence with these updates?

16 November 2008

[quote Steak Bake]Anyone have any thoughts on Lexus increasing their presence with these updates?[/quote]

Unfortunately, BMW and Mercedes seem to have a strangle hold on this sector of the market. The IS has always been the thinking mans three series, and these revisions don't do a lot to change that.

However, the thinking men aren't buying cars at the moment, so it is doubtful that any revisions to the car will make any difference to its presence in the market place. Shame really as it is a fundamentally good car, one which a lot of BMW and Merc drivers would probably appreciate if they could get out of the sheep like mind set.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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Lexus IS 2005-2013

The Lexus IS is a sleek junior exec that makes for an interesting alternative but lacks a decent diesel option

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