2007 Lexus IS | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

For 2007, Lexus has brought in the IS300 that is squarely aimed at the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Infiniti G35 entry-level luxury executive sedans. The “IS” stands for “Intelligent Sport”. The first generation IS never made it into the Middle East and was solely confined to the United States and other European markets. The second generation car which is available here is totally new and follows the L-finesse philosophy of the Lexus brand. The core target customers for the new IS300 are younger, affluent business persons, who are successful in their careers, and enjoy making the most of their leisure time. The IS300’s dynamic and sophisticated exterior styling mirror these customers’ values and lifestyles.

The IS300 is exceptionally aerodynamic with a wind-cheating design and a flat underbody that smoothes airflow beneath the car, minimizing air-resistance and lift, and contributing to superior handling and stability at high speeds. The striking 17-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels are designed to improve handling and braking performance, whilst enhancing the car’s dynamic styling.

Compared to the first generation IS model, the second generation IS sedans offer a more typical Lexus interior with a focus on luxurious accoutrements. The interior features leather seats, electroluminescent dash display lighting, and the choice of metallic or Bird’s Eye Maple wood trim. Lexus SmartAccess keyless entry with push-button start is a standard feature. A high-resolution touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth, a backup camera, and a Mark Levinson premium sound system with 14 speakers are available options. Other available features include a moonroof, power rear sunshade, and parking sensors. A precrash system is the first offered in the entry-luxury performance sedan market segment.

At the heart of the IS300 is a powerful and smooth 3.0-litre V6, 24 valve engine that delivers 228 horsepower and is coupled with a 6-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission, which provides a smooth shifting response and an exceptionally sporty and rewarding drive. The steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles provide the driver with a sporty, fun driving experience and enhanced control. The engine also incorporates advanced driving technologies, including Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) which ensures improved torque and smooth acceleration at all rpm ranges, lower fuel consumption, and reduced exhaust emissions.

Body TypeSedan
Price (in AED)119,000-142,000
Engine Size (litre)3.0
Power (bhp)228
Torque (Nm)300
Transmission6A

Also look at: BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G35, Mercedes-Benz C-Class

 

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