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Lexus IS 200t now on sale in Australia from $57,500

September 23, 2015

Lexus Australia is announcing the new IS 200t variant for the local range. It replaces the V6-powered IS 250 as the entry model.

2016 Lexus IS 200t Sports Luxury

The IS 250’s 2.5-litre V6 is a nice, smooth engine, however, it is rather thirsty and lacks low-end torque compared with its key rivals. Lexus jumped on the 2.0-litre turbo bandwagon for the first time with the excellent NX 200t SUV. Now, the engine is being utilised in the mid-size IS sedan.

For the IS 200t, the engine receives a unique exhaust layout and thus gains 5kW compared with the NX 200t. It produces 180kW and 350Nm, capable of performing 0-100km/h in an impressive 7.0 seconds. This is one of the quickest times for an entry-level mid-size premium sedan.

Economy is rated at 7.5L/100km on the ADR combined cycle test, with the package introducing Lexus stop-start technology for the first time. As a guide, the outgoing IS 250 used 9.2L/100km on the official combined cycle test.

The engine uses a twin-scroll turbocharger, a special four-into-two manifold, and a high compression ratio of 10.0:1 (for a turbo engine) providing impressive response. The unit runs in Otto cycle and Atkinson cycle for optimum efficiency.

Behind the engine is an eight-speed sports automatic transmission, which is a first for the 2.0L turbo. It gives drivers enhanced acceleration and excitement over the six-speed auto otherwise featured in the IS 250 and NX 200t.

Aside from the new engine, the IS 200t also brings some new gauges to the interior so the driver can monitor the turbo performance and the effectiveness of the stop-start system. Lexus Pre-Crash Safety is also standard for the Luxury and F-Sport versions, as is active cruise control and electric steering column adjustment.

Lexus Australia is offering three variant grades as usual, spanning from the Luxury, F-Sport, and Sports Luxury. It’s on sale now starting from the following prices (excluding on-roads). The entry model has jumped $3500 from the outgoing IS 250 Luxury.

2016 Lexus IS 200t Luxury – $57,500
2016 Lexus IS 200t F-Sport – $65,500
2016 Lexus IS 200t Sports Luxury – $76,500

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.