19 Sep 2018 Lexus IS – A Premium Compact Sedan with V6 Engine and Advanced Technologies
The 2018 Lexus IS is a premium compact sedan that has been designed for a memorable driving experience. It boasts an expressive style that sets it apart in its segment. The sedan has been introduced in the UAE with two trim levels that are Base and F-Sport.
The designers at Lexus have paid attention to nearly every detail of the all-new IS to make it a true head-turner. The sedan has an eye-catching exterior that demands respect of the onlookers while the interior of the vehicle has been laced with luxuries and advanced technologies for a remarkable in-cabin experience.
Lexus has introduced two powerful engine options in the 2018 Lexus IS that are capable of delivering efficient performance. It features the latest safety features and advanced driver-assistance systems for maximum safety of the occupants.
Here is a review of the 2018 Lexus IS available in the UAE with a keen insight into its design, technologies, performance, safety features and more.
Design of the 2018 Lexus IS
Designed with the ambition to set the statement for an aggressive styling from every angle, the all-new Lexus IS turns heads wherever it is driven. The exterior of the vehicle has flowing lines and curvy edges that demand a second look from the onlookers while the interior of the vehicle is spacious and has been laced with luxuries and convenience features for enhanced comfort of the occupants.
The 2018 Lexus IS has an aerodynamic exterior that adds to the performance and presence of the vehicle. The front fascia of the sedan has been dominated by an aggressive spindle grille that sets the statement for a commanding exterior. It has two large air intakes on the lower side of the front bumper to enhance engine cooling function for a better performance.
The all-new Lexus IS has been fitted with LED headlamps to effectively illuminate the road for the driver. It comes with LED Daytime Running Lamps for a better visibility of the vehicle on the road for other commuters. It has LED rear combination lamps that enhance the presence of the vehicle.
A Moonroof with tilt/slide and one-touch mode with jam protection system has been added to the sedan that adds to its luxurious appeal. It has two bright chrome tailpipes at the rear that enhance the sporty appeal of the vehicle.
The 2018 Lexus IS has been fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels that provide a strong grip on the road for a smooth performance. However, the 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels are available with an option.
The interior of the all-new Lexus IS has been designed around the enhanced comfort and convenience of the occupants. It has exclusive metal trim throughout the cabin that adds to its luxurious appeal.
The 2018 Lexus IS has leather upholstered seats in the cabin to provide seating for up to 5 occupants. The front of the cabin has 10-way power adjustable driver seats with memory system and 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat. It has 60/40 split fold-down rear seats that can be folded down to increase the cargo capacity of the vehicle whenever required.
A leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel has been added to the cabin of the sedan for enhanced convenience of the driver. The 2018 Lexus IS has a Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control System in the cabin to keep it refreshing at all times.
— Lexus (@Lexus) October 11, 2018
As for the outstanding interior features, the 2018 Lexus IS has been fitted with advanced technologies that include 4.2-inch Color Thin Film Transistor Multi-information Display, Lexus Navigation System, 2USB Ports, Lexus Premium Audio System, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus Enform Service Connect, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Scout GPS Link and more.
The optional interior features include Heated and Ventilated Front Seats, Power Rear Window Sunshade, Heated Steering Wheel, Navigation System with 10.3-inch Split Screen Multimedia Display, Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System with 15-speakers, Lexus Enform Destination Assist, Advanced Voice Command with Bluetooth, Remote Touch and much more.
Performance Attributes of the 2018 Lexus IS
The all-new Lexus IS has been engineered to deliver a remarkable performance in any driving conditions. It is a rear-wheel drive sedan that is also available with the four-wheel drive. It comes with two high-performance engine options, both of which have been paired with an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission for instant acceleration.
The 2018 Lexus IS has been fitted with double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with coil spring, gas-filled shock absorbers and stabilizer bars for a smooth ride. It comes with Drive Mode Select that allows the driver to select among four driving modes according to the driving preferences. The driving modes are Normal, Eco, Custom, and Sport S/S+.
The available All-Wheel Drive System intelligently distributes the torque among the wheels to ensure enhanced traction and control on a wide range of road surfaces and conditions.
— Lexus (@Lexus) September 21, 2018
The first engine option available is a 2.0-litre Turbo Inline 4-Cylinder engine that is capable of producing 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the sedan has a top speed of 143mph and can go from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds. It provides a fuel efficiency of 22mpg in the city, 32mpg on the highway and 26mpg combined.
The second engine option available is a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 312 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the 2018 Lexus IS has a top speed of 142mph and can go from 0-60mph in just 5.6 seconds. It delivers a fuel efficiency of 20mpg in the city, 28mpg on the highway and 23mpg combined.
Lexus has introduced a number of latest safety features in the 2018 Lexus IS that make it one of the safest sedans in its segment. It has many advanced driver-assistance systems to ensure that the driver stays in complete control of the vehicle, regardless of the changing driving conditions.
Some of the outstanding standard safety features of the 2018 Lexus IS include:
- 10 Airbag System
- Anti-lock Brake System
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- Brake Assist System
- Vehicle Stability Control
- Traction Control System
- Back Monitor System
- Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
- Direct Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- Anti-theft Alarm
- Hill Assist
- ISO FIX
- Front Seatbelt Pretensioners
- Parking Sensors
- Rear Camera
The optional driver-assistance systems of the 2018 Lexus IS are:
- Lane Change Assist
- Lane Keep Assist
- Lane Departure Warning
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Intuitive Parking Assist
- Road Sign Recognition
- Speed Limiter
- Adaptive Suspension
- Moving Object Detection System
Price and Availability in the UAE
The 2018 Lexus IS has been introduced in the UAE with two powerful engine options and two trim levels. The starting price of the 2018 Lexus IS is AED 139,000 that can go as high as AED 210,000 with the selected engine and trim level.