Lexus IS - car review

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The presentation of the compact model Lexus IS200 was held in 1999. The car is obliged by its index to a two-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The unit is equipped with a system of continuous variable valve timing VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing intelligent), which allows you to develop a power of 155 hp The engine accelerates the car to 100 km / h in 9.5 seconds and allows you to reach a speed of 215 km / h. The perfect addition to the modern Lexus IS200 engine is the manual 6-speed and electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission. The first is offered as standard.

The automatic box has an electronic control unit that not only adapts to changing modes and road conditions, but also monitors the individual style of the driver. IS200 received a dynamic assertive appearance with elements of aggressiveness. The exterior is characterized by headlights with turn signals on the wings, short front and rear overhangs, a radiator-free front trim, powerless rear pillars and a large air intake chuck in the front bumper. To achieve optimal weight distribution, all elements that add weight, such as the battery and the gas tank, were shifted to the center as much as possible - inside the contour formed by the front and rear axles.

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This led to a decrease in unpredictable momentum when cornering. It is worth noting sports tuned depreciation system. An independent suspension on the swinging arms, shortened shock absorbers and coil springs ensure proper vehicle behavior on the road. Large disc brakes that provide excellent braking complete the picture. Standard equipment includes a 6-disc changer, built-in front console, ABS and PBS, four airbags, including two, located in the front seats of the driver and passenger, an integrated security system and alarm.

In 2000, sales of the IS300 model began in the United States. This car is almost no different from the IS200 exterior, but its power unit is much more powerful. IS300 equipped with a 3-liter row "six" power of 218 hp and hydromechanical 5-speed automatic. The interior of the IS 300 emphasizes the sporty character of the model. Supporting the tradition of sports car interior decoration, the pedals and the shift lever are made of aluminum. The center console houses climate control and a high-quality stereo system. As standard, a CD player is installed on the car, as well as cruise control, electric heating of mirrors, electric windows, immobilizer and security alarm.

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By request the car can be equipped with all-wheel drive. IS300 comes standard with a traction control system and a sports suspension with 17-inch wheels. To improve the handling of the car is equipped with ABS and friction control system (Traction Control).

In the winter of 2001 in Detroit, the premiere of the new Sport Universal IS300 SportCross took place with an original beveled rear and a modified rear suspension. The car was equipped with a 3-liter engine producing 215 hp. This motor, by the way, was borrowed from the larger model GS 300. The maximum speed - 240 km / h, acceleration to a hundred is 7.5 seconds. IS300 SportCross - rear-wheel drive car, torque is transmitted to the wheels through a 5-speed, automatic transmission, with the possibility of manual gear selection, buttons located on the steering wheel. A little later, the car began to equip and manual transmission. In 2003, Lexus introduced the IS430.

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Under the hood, a 4.3-liter V8 engine, the same as on the GS 430. The car received a 6-speed Getrag manual, TEIN springs and electronically adjustable shock absorbers with the original IS300 front suspension and rear suspension, which used the GS430 suspension components. For ensuring stable stable movement on any surface, the wide tires Michelin Sport Cup on 18-inch alloy wheels Speed ​​Star SSR are responsible.

Brakes are made by Brembo, the world leader in braking systems. The IS 430 received an audio / video system with a DVD player, 20 speakers, 24 channels, a power of 720 watts and a removable 6.5-inch screen from Mark Levinson. To give the car a slightly more aggressive look, Foose Design installed the front spoiler of the Rhys Millen Racing and side moldings on the IS 430, with a combination of black and red in body color. IS 430 did not go into mass production, only a few copies were built. In 2005, Lexus introduced a completely new generation of sports sedans of the IS series (overall dimensions 4575x1795x1430 mm, wheelbase 2730 mm).

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First, sales started in Japan, a little later the car appeared in showrooms in Europe and the USA. The design of this generation is designed in the sophisticated corporate style of L-Finesse. The work was carried out under the direction of the Japanese engineer Suguyya Fukosato. First of all, the car has an expressive dynamic silhouette. The exterior is distinguished by its streamlined body, a low-mounted grille and expressive lines of the embossed hood. Special attention is given to the windshield with a large angle of inclination and side mirrors of aerodynamic shape.

However, the main achievement of designers is that all the details of the IS 250 are ideally combined with each other, forming an organic whole. Body parts fit exactly: the width of the gaps between them does not exceed 0.35 mm. The drag coefficient is equal to 0.27 - one of the best indicators in the class. Salon, as befits a Lexus, is luxurious, a bit conservative and stuffed with all kinds of electronics. Internal dimensions have increased slightly compared with the previous generation, which will certainly appreciate the rear passengers. Ergonomics of the driver's seat at the highest level. All controls are at hand, information is easy to read.

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Thanks to careful sound insulation and close to the perfect aerodynamics in the car is very quiet even at speeds below 200 km / h. Lexus designers have thought through every little thing. For example, the area of ​​rear-view mirrors has been increased by 40% compared with the previous model. However, this fact in no way worsened aerodynamics. There are four options for completing the IS250.

The basic Comfort version features velor seat upholstery, 16-inch rims, a smart key remote central locking system, an on-board computer and premium Mark & ​​Levinson speaker system with 12 speakers and a subwoofer. The audio system is equipped with a 6-disc CD changer built into the center console, and plays not only MP3 files, but also WMA, which was not previously used in regular car audio systems. If desired, for an additional fee, the future owner can order a leather interior with wooden inserts, 17-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights "peeping" around the corner, a steering wheel and electric chairs and memory.

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In Japan, all-wheel drive versions of the IS250 are also offered at an extra charge. For more demanding customers, Executive and Premium equipment with leather interior and 17-inch wheels are designed. The Sport package features an improved suspension, a specially designed interior, metal door sills and pedals, and 18-inch cast wheels. The sedan has at its disposal an engine with a working volume of 2.5 liters and a power of 204 hp, and with it a new IS250 index. The power unit is a V-shaped "six" 4GR-FSE, equipped with a dual variable valve timing system Dual-VVT-i, as well as direct fuel injection.

The IS250 is still rear-wheel drive, and torque is transmitted to the drive wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles and the possibility of forcing the number of “working” gears to be limited. With this power unit, the car accelerates to 100 km / h in 8.4 seconds. and reaches a top speed of 220 km / h. By the way, this is the only engine that is offered on the Russian market. In this generation Lexus IS first appeared model with a diesel engine - IS220D. The 2.2-liter turbodiesel was developed by Japanese experts from scratch.

The characteristics of this power unit are comparable with the best performance in the class: power 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque, which is already reached at 2000 rpm. This power unit was created specifically for Europe. For Japan and the US, a more powerful 2GR-FSE petrol engine with 3.5 liters of V6 24V (306 hp, 380 Nm, model IS350) is provided. The choice offered either a 6-step "mechanics" or a 6-step "automatic".

The Lexus IS 250 uses a variety of safety and stability systems, such as anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRC), and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), which regulates the power supply and distributes the braking force to each wheel separately, which facilitates the preservation of the chosen course. The VSC system is triggered in case of forced sudden braking at a sharp turn and detects a tendency to oversteer or understeer, while reducing engine power and braking the front or rear wheels to regain controllability. Already in the standard IS250 has 10 airbags, including two for the knees of the front passengers.

The front passenger airbag is a two-compartment, which reduces the risk that the head can slip off the airbag, and also increases the contact area of ​​the head and shoulders. In 2009, the model was restyled, but the updates are noticeable only upon detailed examination. The official premiere took place in September 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. At the same time, the rear-wheel drive four-seater coupe-cabriolet Lexus IS C, built on the basis of the sedan Lexus IS, saw the light. Few transformed front and rear bumpers. Sedan and coupe-cabriolet got new headlights with gas-discharge and LED lamps, the design of the rear combined brake lights has changed.

The contours around the fog lights are a little smoother. The grille changed a little bit, new alloy wheels were installed. On the exterior mirrors now flaunt attractive turn signal repeaters now flaunt. The main component of any convertible is of course the roof, and in this sense, the Lexus IS C is no exception. The three-part top is easily lowered with one touch of a button located to the left of the steering wheel, and folds into a special compartment in the body in 20 seconds. When the roof is raised, street noise is muffled in the cabin is no worse than in a regular coupe, while passengers are protected much more reliably than in cars with a woven top.

The interior colors remained the same, but the combination has changed. As a result, the salon "freshen". Changed the center console. All buttons remained in their original places, but they became of a different shape. In a word, familiar elements acquired new colors. In the coupe-cabriolet, the ventilation system automatically changes the volume and distribution of air flow depending on whether the top is raised or lowered.

The audio system is similarly arranged: the volume level and equalizer settings are automatically adjusted depending on the noise level in the cabin. Seriously worked on the engines. The most significant change will be a completely new version of the IS 200d with a 2.2-liter diesel engine. The power plant, previously used on the IS 220d, has been seriously redesigned, its power is now 148 hp. Diesel IS with a 6-speed manual gearbox accelerates to 100 km / h in 10.2 seconds, consumes about 5 liters of fuel per 100 km of run.

The 2.5-liter petrol V6 is still capable of producing 208 hp. and 252 Nm, but at the same time it already meets the harsh environmental standard of Euro-5. Fuel consumption in this more dynamic version will be about 8.5 liters per 100 km in the combined cycle. The box is just an “automatic”. Acceleration to 100 km / h takes just 8.1 seconds. The top speed is 230 km / h. For those for whom the V6 is small, there is an IS-F version with a V8 engine. The power here reaches 423 hp.

at 6600 min-1, the moment - 505 Nm at 5200 min-1. Acceleration - up to 100 km / h in just 4.8 s. In the passport data there is a maximum speed of 270 km / h with a small postscript - “limited by electronics”. The car has improved aerodynamics, so the drag coefficient has become equal to 0.27 (0.29 for a convertible). Changed the design of the suspension and steering gear.

Clutch and brake adjustments have also been modified. The car is equipped with a fair arsenal of active and passive safety. Airbags in the amount of eight pieces have in their composition and two to protect the knees of the front passenger and driver. For the first time, the applied dual-chamber front passenger airbag has an increased contact area with the head and shoulders.

The list of active safety features of Lexus IS 250 includes ABS, TRC anti-skid system, EBD brake force distribution system, VSC course control system. The VSC system interferes with driving if there is a risk of loss of control in a sharp turn, slowing down any of the wheels and resetting the engine speed until the trajectory is restored. The set of active and passive safety tools is the same for all vehicle equipment.

Lexus IS 250 C is equipped with non-wedging brakes, emergency braking systems, stability and traction control, side and knee airbags for the front seats, front and rear curtain airbags, as well as airbags in case of overturning. Together with the optional adaptive cruise control, the Lexus Pre-Collision system is supplied, which automatically tightens the seat belts for the front seat passengers and includes emergency braking when the brake is applied, if it detects that a collision is unavoidable. The third generation Lexus IS officially debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2013. The car is available in two versions: Lexus IS 250 and Lexus IS300h.

Compared with the previous generation, IS 2013 has grown in size. The length of the body increased by 80 mm, which made it possible to lengthen the wheelbase by 70 mm, and the car “grew” only 10 mm wide. The updated design turned out bright and aggressive. The first thing that catches your eye is the new headlights, underlined by strips of LED running lights. The grille in the shape of an hourglass is made in the style of the latest models of Lexus. When viewed from the side, the 2013 IS is not much different from the previous generation, but behind the acute-angle lanterns emphasize the swift IS silhouette and give the car an extra grace.

The car's interior is a symbiosis of high-tech and elegance. Expensive leather, high-quality plastic and dark wood are used in the interior design. The front panel with a two-story architecture is made in the style of older models, a new steering wheel and instrument panel appeared in the cabin, and the quality of the finishing materials was noticeably improved. In the center of the front panel, between the duct vents, there is an analog clock. At the head of the multimedia complex put a 7-inch display located in the center of the dashboard, above the clock.

Depending on the equipment, the premium music system Mark Levinson and a navigation system capable of receiving traffic data via cellular channels can be installed on the car. In the cabin compared with the previous generation has become more spacious. Rear passengers can now feel more comfortable. All because of the significantly increased legroom. It increased by 85 mm: 50 mm managed to gain due to the lengthening of the base, and the rest due to the "thinner" front seats. Egonomics cabin is built mainly around the driver.

The range of seat and steering adjustments is great. When you look at the front panel, you get the feeling that all controls are located exactly where you need them. The entire cabin (especially the front part) crosses the high transmission tunnel. It is stylized and performs the function of "stand" under the control system. It seems that each of the front passengers is in a separate cabin. Noise isolation has become much better.

The luggage compartment of the third generation Lexus IS has become much more practical. In the IS 250 version, the amount of usable space increased by 102 liters and amounted to 480 liters. It is noteworthy that the back of the back sofa can now be folded. The hybrid trunk is less than 30 liters because of the batteries located under the bottom. The new IS 250 comes with a 2.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. By and large, this is an old engine, but modified. A lot of aluminum and plastic are used in its construction, which is why weight is reduced. Power and torque have not changed and are equal to 208 hp and 250 Nm, respectively.

According to passport data, the car can accelerate to 100 km / h in 8.1 seconds. The speed limit is set to 225 km / h. Fuel consumption in a mixed cycle of 8.5 liters.

Hybrid version of the IS 300h, in which the four-cylinder gasoline engine 2.5 liters and an electric motor in the amount of issue 223 liters. with., turned out to be slower IS 250 by 0.2 s and can accelerate to 100 km / h in 8.3. But the hybrid has a significant plus - fuel consumption on the combined cycle is only 4 liters per 100 km.

The maximum speed of 200 km / h. On IS 300h costs CVT - variator. As for the IS 250 gearbox, there is an automatic machine with six steps. It is modified in terms of gear ratios. Both versions of the car have rear-wheel drive.

Suspension of the front axle constructively represents double levers located transversely to the body. The rear axle has a multi-link suspension, making the machine more resistant to rolls. The car implemented a system Drive Mode Select. This system makes it easy to change machine settings.

If desired, the suspension can be made very tough, which will make it possible to aggressively overcome turns, but will reduce driving comfort. Configuration levels will remain the same - Comfort, Executive, Premium and Luxury. In this case, the basic version of IS 2013, compared with its predecessor, will lose its two-zone climate control (instead of it there will be a single-zone installation) and keyless access. The equipment will include an audio system with a seven-inch display and six speakers, a tire pressure monitoring system, xenon headlights and 17-inch wheels.

Modification of the IS 250 Executive will receive leather-trimmed seats, cruise control, keyless entry, a rain sensor, a dimming rear-view mirror, electric front seats and dual-zone climate control. The Premium package will include front seats with ventilation and position memory, wooden inserts in the cabin, a multimedia system with eight speakers, DVD and navigation, as well as a rearview camera and 18-inch rims. The top version of the model will be equipped with LED headlights, a system for tracking dead zones, a sunroof, a Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers, and a heated steering wheel.

Another pleasant novelty for the 2013 model IS was the appearance of the F Sport package, which includes a retuned suspension (adaptive available as an option), an electronic instrument panel from the Lexus LFA supercar, and an aerodynamic body kit with more aggressive bumpers, a different grille, two exhaust pipes and exclusive discs. Lexus experts also took care of the high security level of the 2013 IS model. The car received the most modern systems of passive and active safety, which are designed to reduce the risk of possible collisions and their consequences.

The driver who was distracted from the road will immediately be warned by the lane control system, and another sensor will inform you that the rear is approaching or there is a disturbance. Taking care of the safety of others, the engineers designed and installed a system to soften the blow when a car collides with a person. The principle of operation is based on changing the position of the hood. In addition, the novelty boasts a "smart" high beam, switching to the dazzle of oncoming traffic. Lexus IS - Japanese thoroughbred, the production of the car is carried out exclusively at the factory in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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