2018 Lexus IS200T Release Date
Lexus introduces something new and different for the luxury-compact sports sedan in 2018 with a choice of turbocharged engines. In addition to the two V6 models (the IS 300 and IS 350), the lineup now includes the low price of 2018 Lexus IS200T with 241-horsepower four-cylinder. This is the first turbocharged engine in the IS model. IS makes a turbo 200t, offered only with rear-drive, an important shift in strategy for the model.
Approximately replace the previous IS 250, Lexus IS200T 2018 is a new model for 2018. In addition to the new engine, however, it is essentially the accumulation of the 2015 IS series, with only minor updates. Lexus signature spindle grille now has more three-dimensional look, the chrome-plated frame. An optional Premium Plus Package includes the power tilt / telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. A heated steering wheel is available.
Twin-scroll turbocharged engine 2-liter developing 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The level of torque is available through a wide range: from 1,650 to 4,400 rpm. Eight-speed automatic transmission deliver power to the rear wheels. Turbo engine first developed for crossover Lexus NX. Estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway (26 mpg combined). That compares to 19/28 mpg (22 combined) for the V6-powered IS 350.
Electronic power steering is derived from the larger Lexus GS sedan. A Drive Mode Select system has Eco, Normal and Sport mode. As with other IS models, can be equipped with a 200t IS F Sport package.
Standard equipment similar to the IS 300 and IS 350, except machinery. Carries an MSRP of £37,425, rear-drive 2018 Lexus IS200T equipped with 10 airbags, imitation leather upholstery, automatic climate control dual-zone, pushbutton start, and front electric chair. High-intensity-discharge lamp standard, along with LED daytime running lights. Also included is a moonroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seat and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Display audio system features a seven-inch screen and provides HD radio with traffic and weather updates, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity smartphone. A feature called “radio cache” really can pause live radio broadcasts. Enform Lexus Safety Connect telematics included.
Options include a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear electric sunshade, intuitive parking assist, heated steering wheel, and a backup camera. Premium audio package, Premium Plus, Luxury, Navigation, and Navigation / Mark Levinson available. System navigation system features Lexus Remote Touch Interface (essentially, point-and-click controller).
For £3,445 extra, F Sport has an adaptive variable suspension system with Sport S and Sport S + mode. Lexus claims that the F Sport bolder front and rear styling produce “more sports personalities,” although the performance of small changes. Standard equipment includes different wheels, steering wheel and leather-trimmed shift knob perforated, aluminum pedals, black headliner, LED projector lamps, backup camera, and heated / ventilated front seats.