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Lexus updates the IS range for 2011

  • New diesel IS with improved economy and emissions
  • Updated exterior styling, interior changes and new equipment
  • Pricing remains the same, available to order now at £24,350

Lexus is set to give the IS range an update for 2011 with cleaner engines and minor exterior tweaks.

The main change is the introduction of the IS 200d replacing the IS 220d. It has a new 148bhp version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine that comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. The revised engine emits 134g/km of CO2 (down from 148g/km) and returns 55.4mpg (up from 50.4mpg).

The IS 200d SE is on sale now at £24,350. The car sits in the 18% BIK band thanks to the improved economy (down from 18% on the previous engine), and so you'll pay £73.05 per month on the lower tax rate while higher tax rate payers will pay £146.10 per month.  

The V6 petrol engine in the IS 250 and 250C has also been updated. Only available with a six-speed automatic, fuel economy has been improved to 33.6mpg while emissions have been lowered to 194g/km of CO2, and company car tax now sits in the 29% bracket. People in the lower tax bands will pay £120.69 per month and higher tax payers will pay £241.38 each month.

All models get HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, updated wheel designs, new rear lights and a revised choice of exterior colours.

The more expensive IS F-Sport now more closely resembles the performance IS F with a new deep front spoiler, built-in front fog lights, updated grille and a rear spoiler with integrated brake light. The F-Sport also comes with new 18-inch alloy wheels and revised interior trim including a new steering wheel, gear lever and pedals. The front seats are finished in leather and alcantara and a dark anthracite roof liner is fitted.

Changes to the specifications and options on the IS include improvements to the SE-I specification cars, including rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, new leather uphoslstery and heated front seats. There are also some minor exterior updates, new 17-inch and 18-inch wheels and a new metallic blue colour.

The updated range of IS models will be previewed at the Paris Motor Show.