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The new 2021 Lexus IS countdown has officially begun for South Africa, with the first right-hand-drive market releasing details of their debut in Australia recently. Lexus South Africa’s first stock is set to arrive and launch in the first quarter of next year.

The local line-up for the reimagined new Lexus IS sports sedan will comprise three model derivatives, delivering a new level of luxury as standard in addition to a core focus on evocative design, imaginative technology and leading driving dynamics.

Other features that become standard on the Lexus IS for the first time include 18-inch alloy wheels (replacing 17-inch), for two models, while the top of the range will boast 19-inch aluminium wheels, an electric park brake (replacing foot-operated), new 10.3-inch touch-display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all-speed active cruise control for two of the model grades as well as lane-tracing assist amongst others.

This is an addition to smart entry and start, heated power adjustable front seats, 10 and 17-speaker audios respectively, a new multimedia system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as mentioned) featuring a new touchscreen, EMV navigation and LED headlamps with automatic high-beam for the top of the range models.

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The significant expansion of leading luxury and driver-assist technology is further leveraged by enhanced body rigidity, lighter suspension components and a wider front and rear track – all coming together as the first Lexus tuned at the company’s new purpose-built ‘mini Nurburgring’ test facility in Shimoyama, Japan.

The new IS sports sedan line-up will be announced at launch period for the South African market. The IS will include a retuned 2.5 litre engine (paired with the Hybrid-electric system) for more intuitive response and engaging performance.

A new-design Lexus Spindle Grille features a three-dimensional structure that originates from the foremost tip of the grille. Block forms based on a spindle motif combine with a mesh pattern to achieve a sporty impression.

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Lexus South Africa Sales and Marketing Vice President, Glenn Crompton says: “The new Lexus IS will reinvigorate the luxury medium sedan class with its stunning focus on three key attributes. An intense focus on evocative design, imaginative technology and leading driving dynamics will help ensure a new generation of Lexus customers are welcomed into IS sports sedan ownership.

“The sports focus of the new IS, alongside the luxurious ES, deliver two distinct personalities for Lexus customers to select from in this segment,” concludes Crompton.

The new Lexus IS will be available for sale in South Africa early next year. The range will comprise three model derivatives which Lexus SA will announce together with spec details at launch. Lexus’ industry-leading seven-year warranty and maintenance plan will come as standard for IS drivers.