Lexus held the world premiere of the new Lexus IS online today.
Ever since the debut of its first generation in 1999, the IS has pursued the fun of driving unique to compact rear-wheel-drive sports sedans. Along with being a car that has built Lexus driving performance by serving like a whetstone for fine-tuning the driving sense of drivers, the IS has earned popularity through its high-level driving performance, as well as through its sporty styling, selling an approximate cumulative total of 1.09 million units*1 over a span of more than 20 years.
As its unique value, Lexus pursues linear operation that is faithful to driver's intentions, such as in the seamless transition from deceleration to steering and acceleration during cornering, in all types of driving situations. We call this the "Lexus Driving Signature", and this will be the new development standard every Lexus model will reflect moving forward. In order to strengthen this driving performance, IS was thoroughly tested and honed at various places throughout the world, including the new Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama which opened in 2019. Uncompromising attention to detail has resulted in drivers of the new IS being able to enjoy a comfortable driving sensation even in everyday driving situations. In terms of styling, to achieve an aggressive design, efforts were made to create a wide and low form, while a high-precision stamping technology brought to life a shape characterized by sharpness. Furthermore, the IS features assertive application of advanced safety technologies, including an evolved version of Lexus Safety System+.
"What we had foremost in mind in developing the new IS was to make it a car that excelled in communicating with the driver and, as a car with wide latitude for providing such, would never fail in doing so, regardless of the road conditions or driving status. Toward achieving this, we retained the compact body that had been well received, and, with our team united, we endeavored to bring such to maturity by developing the new IS on a new test course. We aimed to make the new IS a Lexus compact sports sedan that provides high-quality riding comfort while offering a high level of vehicle control. We wanted it to be a car that enables people to make new discoveries, such as the discovery that the longer the new IS is driven the more one can experience the fun of driving. And we wanted it to be a car that enables people to feel the aspirations of those who created it."
"With an aim to pursue the fun of driving, and based on the philosophy that 'roads make cars', we brought the new IS to life by thoroughly driving it in harsh environments, including at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama, which opened in 2019. We paid particular attention to aesthetic and emotional values, which cannot be measured using numbers alone, so as to pursue linear operation that is faithful to driver intention, such as during successive driving operations and in terms of driving rhythm. In creating the desired driving sensation, we examined elements of impurity, such as unpleasant vibrations and noises, from every possible direction, and we thoroughly investigated and eliminated their causes, returning to the basics so that we could evolve a comfortable driving sensation."
Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama, which opened in April 2019, is a vehicle research and development facility in the Shimoyama area of Toyota City in Japan's Aichi Prefecture. Its currently in-operation country road test course is based on Lexus's many years of experience of driving on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, famous throughout the world for its grueling driving conditions. The approximately 5.3-kilometer country road test course was designed to take advantage of the local topography. It features a roughly 75-meter change in elevation, a wide range of curves and corners, and various types of road surfaces. Repeatedly putting both the car and the engineers to the test daily in this severe driving environment enabled building in an ever-higher dimension of vehicle performance.
|Length (mm)||4,710 (+30)|
|Width (mm)||1,840 (+30)|
|Height (mm)||1,435 (+5)|
|Tire size||19 inches|
* Based on prototype. Figures in parentheses are comparisons with the current model.
"We aimed for an aggressive design by way of a wide and low stance that evokes a sense of driving and a sharp character line. To achieve a high degree of design, Lexus members in product planning, production technology, engineering, and styling combined their various insights and united behind development from an early stage. This enabled us to achieve the proportions of a four-door coupe that has a low center of gravity, an explicit form, and other elements that express the worldview of the new IS. We also pursued a deep and rich interior by paying close attention to detail, such as in the use of color in design and as in ornamentation. I think the styling makes it possible to feel the maturation of the fun of driving."
Lexus is developing safety technologies under the banner of eliminating traffic casualties, which is the ultimate wish of a society of mobility. Lexus prioritizes the development of the most-advanced safety technologies and the quick delivery of such to drivers―it does this by introducing cutting-edge technologies into its flagship vehicle models first. By developing technologies for widespread application by using know-how cultivated through introducing cutting-edge technologies into its flagships, Lexus plans to broadly introduce advanced technologies into all of its vehicle models. An example is the IS's Lexus Safety System+, which has further evolved through the introduction of advanced safety technologies thus far cultivated through use in other Lexus vehicle models. Lexus, by contributing to a reduction in the risk of accidents and to a reduction in driver stress, aims to enable enjoyable driving that is safer and securer.
While retaining the configuration of a single-lens camera and millimeter-wave radar used in the conventional Lexus Safety System+, Lexus has added functions such as Emergency Steering Assist and has improved the system's lane recognition performance. These advances are part of Lexus's continuing efforts to prevent traffic accidents and fatalities, to reduce driver burden, and to develop driver-assist systems that provide a more-natural and safer driving experience.
Various other forms of advanced safety equipment are featured on the new IS and are being actively introduced by Lexus. These include parking support brakes, which contribute to mitigation of damage in collisions due to pedal misapplication in places such as parking lots or in minor collisions with vehicles approaching from the rear, and the Panoramic View Monitor, which supports periphery safety checks.
The new IS will be available for sale in global markets including the North America, Japan, the Middle East, and specific countries in South America, Oceania, and Asia.
|*1||As of April 30, 2020, according to a Lexus survey|
|*2||Lateral force on a tire during turning, perpendicular to the direction of travel of the tire|
|*3||SmartDeviceLinkTM is a registered trademark of the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, Inc.|
|*4||Apple, Apple CarPlay, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries|
|*5||Android and Android AutoTM are registered trademarks of Google LLC.|
|*6||This applies to cases in which driving is done on the left-hand side of the road. In cases in which driving is done on the right-hand side of the road, the system is designed to detect oncoming vehicles before left turns.|
|*7||To be available only in Japan|
|*8||To be available only in Japan|