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Upgrade, more tech, on way for 2021 Lexus IS

2021 IS pushes limits of dynamic performance
Assertive styling, high-level performance
Technology includes Lexus safety system+

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 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 SA’s first units will arrive during the first quarter of 2021, so read on for more details.

There will be three models with, Lexus SA says, ”a core focus on evocative design, imaginative technology, and leading driving dynamics”.

2021 LEXUS IS. Image: Supplied

Other standard features on the Lexus IS for the first time include 18” alloy wheel rims while the top of the range will have 19” aluminium rims, electric parking brake (replacing foot-operated), and a new 26cm touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


All-speed cruise control will be present in two of the model gradeS, along with lane-keeping.

All this will be in addition to smart entry and start, heatable and power adjustable front seats, a new multimedia system (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), diode headlights with auto high-beam for the top models.

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.

2021 LEXUS IS. Image: Supplied

The full IS sports sedan line-up will be announced at launch period for the South African market but will include a retuned 2.5-litre engine (paired with a 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.

2021 LEXUS IS. Image: Supplied

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.

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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.

2021 LEXUS IS. Image: Supplied

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