Lexus IS250: Executively Yours

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

9tro issue #9

Photos by Adrian Wong

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Over the last two years, I have been in touch with the Lexus IS range quite frequently. First it was the minor facelifted Lexus IS250 few years ago, then the Lexus IS-C (the convertible version) in 2009 and the high-performance Lexus IS-F sedan end of last year, before a major enhancement of the IS250 early this year.

 

Although I have test driven all of the above four versions, the IS250 did not fail to surprise me. Housing about 20 new features, the IS250 sports a redefined look, taking cues from its fiercer sibling – the IS-F.

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Redesigned headlamps and front fog lamps, as well as redesigned combination lamps, accompanying a new front grille and bumper, gives the IS250 its improved look. The Premium variant has LED (Light Emitting Diode) daytime running lights. In addition, the rear bumper has a stability plate attached to it so as to increase steering stability.

 

Performance remains the same – with power output of 205bhp at 6,400rpm and a peak torque of 252Nm at 4,800rpm, taking 8.4 seconds to hit 100km/h from a standstill. Its 2.5-litre V6 four-cam 24-valve with Dual VVT-i engine is mated to a six-speed automatic – which you can control using the paddle shifts – making it quite an easy drive on our busy streets. Whether it is a trip to the supermarket or drinks with your friends uptown, the IS250 has the smart executive image to match the occasion.

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The Premium variant comes with a lot more goodies, including the Electro Multi Vision (EMV) display that has an integrated navigation system and a rear view display, Bluetooth telephone connectivity and the Mark Levinson premium surround sound system with 14 speakers.

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Internally, the IS250 gets new colour coatings to the paddle shifts and steering wheel switch bezel. There are also a lot more metallic touches within the cabin, as noted on the meter rings and glove box door.

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Starting at $171,000 with COE for the base model, the standard IS250 serves the basic purposes and bears few frills. Fork out another $20,000 or so and you can get the Premium variant which has automatic headlight leveling, headlight cleaner, a back monitor with rear view camera, cruise control, rain sensor, rear sun shade, power-tilt and telescope steering column (instead of manual), the Mark Levinson audio system and the all-important navigation system with the touch-screen EMV display and Bluetooth telephone connectivity.

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Then there is a higher Premium variant at another $4,000 more that comes with all the additional bells and whistles as mentioned above, along with a moonroof. If you are wondering what the difference between a moonroof and a sunroof is, I think essentially there is none and that it is all part of marketing. But if you insist, then think of the moonroof as a type of sunroof.

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I feel the Premium variant of the IS250 (without the moonroof) makes a good fit into the fast-paced lifestyle we all lead these days. It has enough power to take you through the packed-from-morning-to-night roads and also offers you comfort while you are stuck in traffic jams.

 

At the same time, it is a luxury brand and you will have some level of respect from other knowing motorists.

 

Lexus IS250 Premium

Engine: 2,500cc V6 Four-cam 24-valve with Dual VVT-i

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Max Power: 205bhp at 6,400rpm

Max Torque: 252Nm at 4,800rpm

0-100km/h: 8.4 secs

Top Speed: 225km/h

Price: S$192,000 with COE

Distributor: Borneo Motors

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