The new Lexus IS is on sale now, and costs from £22,400 for the cheapest petrol model – nearly £4000 more than the previous entry-level option.
The IS250 has 201bhp, however, nearly 50bhp up on the old IS200, and is more of a match for the old IS300. Specification levels are also high. On the safety and security front every model is fitted with front, side, curtain and knee airbags, stability and traction control, the latest anti-lock brakes and an alarm.
Creature comforts include climate control, six CD changer, cruise control, alloy wheels, remote central locking, keyless entry and engine start-up, electric windows and electrically folding and adjustable door mirrors.
Spend another £3000 and you'll get the £25,400 SE, which adds larger 17-inch alloy wheels and leather upholstery. The electrically adjustable front seats, with memory settings, can also be heated and cooled.
At £28,000, SE-L models are another £2600 more expensive and bring rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable steering column, wood trim and an electrically operated sunblind for the rear windscreen.
Options include metallic paint at £510 and a six-speed automatic gearbox for £1000. Lexus says almost half of the 1300 buyers who have placed orders so far have also gone for the £2710 Multimedia Package which adds DVD-based satellite-navigation and seven-inch colour screen.
The pack also includes an improved 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with surround sound, a six DVD changer, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, voice-activated controls and a rear parking camera.
Prices for the diesel-engined version of the IS, which goes on sale in January, have not yet been released.
Engine 201bhp 2.5-litre petrol
Top speed 141mph
Monthly company car tax bill for lower/higher rate earner From £134/244
Combined economy 28.8mpg
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