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2017 Lexus IS facelift revealed at Beijing motor show

April 25, 2016

The facelifted, 2017 Lexus IS sedan has been unveiled at the Beijing motor show, bringing updated exterior styling and some revisions to the interior.

2017 Lexus IS-range

At the front Lexus designers have applied a new fascia to the IS, with new headlights, larger air intakes, and a revised spindle grille with a wider lower half for a fatter road stance. A reshaped bonnet has also been added on.

Lexus says it has applied some “thoughtful improvements” to the interior, with a larger infotainment screen being the star of the show. It has been enlarged from 7.0 inches to 10.3 inches, while the remote touch pad has been given side-mounted ‘enter’ buttons like on other recently-updated Lexus models.

Some new interior colours have been included in, with Moonstone and Ivory spicing up the range, along with hairline-finishes for a higher quality feel and appearance. New cup holders and a new leather-wrapped palm rest round out the interior updates.

2017 Lexus IS-interior
Lastly, the 2017 Lexus IS brings some added safety technologies to the range, including pre-collision assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, radar cruise control, and auto high-beams.

Under the bonnet, the engine lineup hasn’t changed. Buyers can select between a 2.0-litre turbo producing 180kW, a 3.5-litre V6 developing 233kW, and a 2.5-litre hybrid generating 164kW.

Lexus Australia is likely to introduce the new range locally before the end of the year, with overseas market entry set to take place slightly earlier.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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