The Lexus IS is a small sports sedan which is known for its impeccable equipment, reliability, and luxury. It provides good handling, delivers great speed, and it is comfortable and loaded with advanced technologies. The IS’ exterior design is very stylish and with the refresh in 2017, it looks even more handsome and attractive. However, we can also expect the 2019 Lexus IS which will probably arrive with the same specifications as its forerunner.
The Lexus IS is available in three trim levels. And those include the IS 200t which is renamed IS 300, the mid-range IS 300 with AWD, and the IS 350. As well, the current, 2018 model year has also brought more power for the IS 300 AWD version and the optional adaptive front headlights. There is more standard equipment which includes a rearview monitor, and 10-year complementary Enform Safety and Service Connect. And the IS 350 F Sport has gotten a limited-slip rear differential. It will be available with three engines as before which will depend on a trim level. But we could see more standard features this time too.
2019 Lexus IS types of engines
The 2019 Lexus IS will return with the same engines and there are three units available. The Lexus IS 300 will be powered with a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine. This unit will be able to make 241 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. It will pair with an 8-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive will be standard. This engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
The next is a 3.5-liter V6 which has the output of 260 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It pairs with a 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as standard. As for the fuel economy, it is rated at 19/26 mpg.
The Lexus IS 350 will feature a 3.5-liter V-6 which will be able to deliver 311 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It will be coupled to an 8-speed automatic and will be available with FWD and AWD systems. Connected to rear-wheel drive, it gets 20/28 mpg. The all-wheel drive version will be rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2019 Lexus IS will carry over the same design of the current version which has been revised for 2017. It has gotten refreshed headlamps, a massive spindle grille, taillights, and front bumper. The whole body features prominent, angular lines which give it an aggressive appearance.
The interior of the 2019 Lexus IS is made of high-quality materials and modern tech features. The cabin is sufficiently spacious, at least for the front passengers while the rear occupants may lack in knee and shoulder room. On the center of the dash, there is a standard 7.0-inch screen while the 10.3-inch display is optional.
All the models are equipped with cruise control, power features, keyless ignition, a rearview camera, synthetic leather, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth, USB, LED headlamps, etc. A Premium package will add heated and ventilated seats while the other packages will include navigation, blind-spot monitors, parking sensors, and so on.
Release date and price
There is still no official information when we can expect the 2019 Lexus IS. The price shouldn’t be much different from the current which starts at around $39,000.