Due in SA 'early 2021' - Lexus shares info on its SA-bound IS sports sedan

• Lexus new IS sedan will arrive in South Africa early next year.

• The launch is scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2021.

• The new range will comprise three models.

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Lexus South Africa announced that its new IS will arrive on local soil in early 2021. The new car, according to Lexus, will push the limits of dynamic performance, coupled with the application of state-of-the-art technologies.

Lexus SA says that the first allocation for our market will arrive and launch in the first quarter of next year. The local line-up will comprise three models, featuring, as standard, 18-inch alloy wheels, while the top model will boast 19-inchers.

Other features will include an electric park brake (replacing foot-operated unit), new 10.3-inch touch-display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all-speed active cruise control for two of the model grades, as well as lane-tracing assist amongst others.

Hybrid-electric system included

Lexus South Africa Sales and Marketing Vice President, Glenn Crompton says: "The new Lexus IS will reinvigorate the luxury medium sedan class with its stunning focus on three key attributes. An intense focus on evocative design, imaginative technology and leading driving dynamics will help ensure a new generation of Lexus customers are welcomed into IS sports sedan ownership.

"The sports focus of the new IS, alongside the luxurious ES, deliver two distinct personalities for Lexus customers to select from in this segment."

The local line-up and pricing will be announced closer to the launch, but the car will feature a retuned version of the 2.5-litre petrol engine. This motor will be paired with a hybrid-electric system.

Lexus' industry-leading seven-year warranty and maintenance plan will come as standard for IS drivers.

Lexus IS

2021 Lexus IS (MotorPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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