LEXUS LAUNCHES THE TURBOCHARGED IS 200t

Lexus has combined its newly launched turbocharged engine with a traditional sports sedan configuration to provide a blend of performance, dynamics and economy in the IS 200t.

Following its unveiling in the NX 200t compact SUV, Lexus has turned its high-technology 2.0-litre four cylinder engine 90 degrees for its debut in IS's north-south, rear-wheel drive layout.

The engine provides 27kW more power than the IS 250 V6 it replaces and brings torque up to 350Nm while improving fuel economy and emission levels.

Changes to the exhaust layout and engine management system bring power levels five kilowatts above the NX 200t - to 180kW.

IS 200t also combines an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission with the 2.0-litre turbo engine for the first time, providing levels of driveability expected of a Lexus compact sports sedan.

The vehicle retains Lexus IS's quality interior and exterior styling while gaining additional features.

IS 200t brings Lexus Stop & Start technology to IS for fuel savings in heavy traffic.

New gauges are included for drivers to monitor the performance of the engine's turbocharger and the effectiveness of the Stop & Start system.

As with all Lexus IS variants, IS 200t also gains the Lexus Pre-Crash Safety System in Luxury and F-Sport variants, along with active cruise control and rear side SRS airbags. Luxury models now match Sports Luxury and F-Sport models with electronic steering column adjustment.

The introduction of IS 200t has been celebrated with the introduction of three new colours - Caliente, Sonic Quartz and Cobalt Mica.

Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the new engine brings more of the performance that customers are coming to expect from Lexus, along with quality and luxury.

"The 2.0-litre engine gained a lot of praise from customers and critics when fitted to the NX 200t, and its addition to the IS Line has made it an even stronger proposition for customers who want a blend of performance, economy and driveability," Mr Hanley said.

"The Lexus turbo engine is a high-technology affair which sits well alongside IS's existing Hybrid Drive and 3.5-litre V6 quad-cam powerplants.

"It's a sensational fit for a vehicle already known for its high levels of standard specification and outstanding drive experience."