2021 Lexus IS series: can it beat Mercedes in luxury and performance?

  • Compact luxury Sedan.  
  • Premium features and upgraded styling. 
  • Got more dramatic character lines and gives an exotic experience. 
2021 Lexus IS
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The 2021 Lexus IS has official been reveled in 2021, with upgraded styling and extensive features. It has got a redesigned look inspired by the ES model. You can see a lot of changes in the exterior as well as in the interiors. 

2021 Lexus IS Engine & Transmission

The Lexus IS gives amazing performance and acceleration. The Lexus IS is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This generates a maximum power of 241 horsepower. The Lexus 300 AWD is powered by a 2.0 liter, V6, turbocharged engine. This churns out a maximum power of 260 horsepower. The Lexus IS 350 F Sport has a 2.0 liter, V6, turbocharged engine generating 311 horsepower.  All the lineups of the Lexus IS model give a mind-blowing performance. 

Lexus IS: Suspension and Handling

The Lexus IS has an 8-speed transmission. It offers smooth and fast upshifts and effortless split-second downshifts with rev-matching. The Lexus IS offers a Dynamic Handling Package. This includes features like- optimized Adaptive Variable Suspension, sensors monitoring G forces, damping feature which will reduce body lean and give a sharp response. The Adaptive Variable Suspension uses units that are up to 20% lighter. 

The Lexus IS offers performance drive modes. This adds more agility and efficiency to the car. The Sport S+ mode reinforces the suspension which enables the car to reduce its body lean and increase its responsiveness. The Custom Drive mode allows you to have a combination of drive mode settings. You have the option to customize your driving experience. 

2021 Lexus IS: Design & Interior

2021 Lexus IS 300 interior, Dashboard

The carbon-fiber rear spoiler is added to the car. This gives a very edgy and bold look to the machine. The downforce increases with an increase in speed. The aerodynamics of the Lexus IS helps in having perfect cornering. It has got a very aggressive detailing. It has embossed interior door panels. Every styling element resembles the sporty nature of the car. It has an Ash ornamentation crafting laser depicting the pure performance of the Lexus IS. 

A premium triple-beam LED headlight is offered which looks very attractive. To give a very sleek look to the car, daytime running lights are provided. This distinguishes the Lexus IS in the crowd. It features a sleek singular taillamp design. This very well complements the aggressive front design. The 19 inch forged alloy wheels are wrapped with a matte black BBS wheel. These wheels are light weighted and have enhanced gripping and handling capability. 

Infotainment & connectivity

The Lexus IS has got very unique stitching. This gives the bolster a very unique look. The seats of F Sports have foam-injected construction and are very magnificently wrapped. The Lexus IS is offered with Amazon Alexa, which will allow you to have access to many functions, using your voice. The Lexus IS has a performance-inspired digital instrument cluster. It features a dynamic digital display. The Panoramic View Monitor is available. It uses 4 cameras mounted on the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle. The view options in the vehicle allow you to see the surroundings of the vehicle and will assist you with parking. A dual-zone climate is offered, to set your temperature by using slide touch controls. 

2021 Lexus IS Safety Features

The 2021 Lexus IS has a lot of advanced safety feature in its safety net. This includes:

  • Pre-collision System with pedestrian detection. 
  • Lane tracing assist. 
  • Lane departure alert with steering assist. 
  • Road sign assist. 
  • All speed dynamic radar cruise control. 
  • Intelligent high beams. 

Variants & Price

2021 Lexus IS 300

2.0L, V6, Turbocharged
Max Power 241Hp
starting at $39050

2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD

2.0L, V6, Turbocharged
Max Power 260Hp
starting at $41050

2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

2.0L, V6, Turbocharged
Max Power 311Hp
starting at $42950

The 2021 Lexus IS has improved infotainment access, sporty steering, and amazing handling. It has got many updated features and redesigned styling, loaded with a lot of safety features. It goes up against Genesis G70, Cadillac CT4, BMW 3 series, and Mercedes Benz C Class. 

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