2016 Lexus IS Changes: 2016 Model Year Update

The 2016 Lexus IS is coming with thorough lineup changes. The Japanese automaker discontinued the 250 and 250 AWD models, but there will be three new models available: 200t, 300 AWD, and 350.

They improved more than just one facet of the attractive sedan. Aside from the engine department changes, the 2016 Lexus IS got lots of other updates.

2016 Lexus IS 200t F SPORT

Engines and Transmission

2016 Lexus IS 200t

Aside from this change, the big news is that the 2016 Lexus IS got a new engine range. They added a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the 2015 Lexus NX. Installed under the hood of the 2016 Lexus IS 200t, the four-banger will deliver 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It will be mated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

2016 Lexus IS 200t Engine F SPORT

2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD

The 2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD is motivated by a modified 3.5-liter V6 mill. This engine is good for 255 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of twist. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD F SPORT

2016 Lexus IS 350

The 2016 Lexus IS 350 has the well-known 3.5-liter V6 mated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There were no changes regarding this engine, so it still delivers 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Lexus IS 350 F SPORT

Interior Improvements

The automaker made a number of additional changes in order to offer a sport sedan that integrates luxury as its inherent feature. New interior design based on the LFA, improved heated and ventilated seats and climate control, lots of advanced gadgets available, Mark Levinson Premium Surround System that delivers 835 watts to its 15 speakers that works great with the Clari-Fi technology, leather, navigation and lots of other features make the cabin of the sedan very attractive.

2016 Lexus IS 200t F SPORT Interior

New Packages for 2016 Model Year

The Premium Plus package offers standard 18-inch wheels, power and telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. No matter which one of the three offered models you choose, you can opt for the F SPORT package that brings unique 18-inch wheels as well as special suspension tuning.

2016 Lexus IS 200t F SPORT Rear

Of course, there’s a number of other sporty design elements. The 2016 Lexus IS 300 and 300 AWD will also benefit having an improved sportier sound.

Photos: Toyota Motor Sales, USA

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