The 2021 Lexus IS remains a strong contender in the sport-luxury sedan category. It offers Toyota-levels of durability and a posh drive, but never has it been the sharpest nor the best-handling of the bunch. Lexus is changing all that in the 2021 IS sedan.
This ‘relentless pursuit of perfection’ means the newest IS benefits from a host of chassis and suspension improvement. Lexus optimizes the reinforcement structures from the C-pillars to the sides of the roof, while key areas of the chassis were bolstered to improve stiffness.
And by revising the suspension layout and front pick-up points, Lexus had enough room to fit optional 19-inch wheels on F Sport models. the new Lexus IS comes standard with new 18-inch wheels, while F Sport models equipped with the Dynamic Handling Package receive a gorgeous set of 19-inch BBS wheels.
The 2021 Lexus IS also has lighter coil springs, forged aluminium A-arms, and a new suspension stabilizer bar to reduce unsprung weight. Combined with new swing-valve shock absorbers with ultra-low velocity valves, you get sportier reflexes and a smoother ride.
The 2021 Lexus IS arrives in South Africa sometime early next year, Lexus says. Standard feature includes a relocated 8.0-inch infotainment display (a larger 10.3-inch screen is available with the Mark Levinson audio upgrade), Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Alexa compatibility, and Lexus Safety System + (LSS+) driving aids which include automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, frontal collision warning, and dynamic radar cruise control among a few.
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