The F SPORT package benefits from exclusive, more sporting and aggressive exterior and interior design features as well as dynamic enhancements.
Instantly recognised by an exclusive grille and front bumper design, the “waistline” of the grille is higher than on standard models, increasing the area of the lower grille to make it capable of drawing in a larger volume of cooling air appropriate to a sporting performance.
The grille itself has a unique, L-shaped mesh or honeycomb finish and the lower section is trimmed with a more prominent chrome-plated frame than that of the standard IS.
The bottom corners of the front bumper feature F SPORT-exclusive aerodynamic detailing to provide both downforce and enhanced brake cooling. Unique 18″ wheels feature a Y-spoke design and a dark premium metallic coated finish which indentifies them with the LFA bloodline.
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Car and Driver
- More cabin space – best-in-class rear seat accommodation
- Sublime finishes
- New multi-display screen with Remote Touch Interface
- LFA-inspired instrumentation for the F SPORT
The clean, horizontal theme of the new IS interior design is bisected by the strong upward sweep of the center console, creating a snug, driver-focused, ergonomical interior environment.
The newly designed, quilted driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support. The seat hip point has been lowered by 9mm and rearward seat adjustment has been increased by 19mm. The new, LFA-inspired, 3-spoke, 370mm diameter steering wheel features a new paddle shift switch shape for easier, more accurate operation, and improved ergonomics to the wheel-mounted switchgear.
The angle of the wheel has been lowered 3 degrees, and steering reach adjustment has been increased, creating a more sporting driving position. In conjunction, the windscreen wiper rest position has been lowered by 15mm to maintain the same angle of vision as that of the current model.
With 50mm of its 70mm longer wheelbase dedicated to increased rear seat space and 20mm dedicated to increased luggage capacity, the new, 10mm wider IS offers rear seat occupants significantly increased levels of comfort. The combination of extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design generates an 85mm increase in knee room for the new, 60:40 split/folding seats. And a 20mm increase in the gap between the B pillar and the front corner of the seat improves accessibility.
Throughout the interior, high quality materials and finishes convey contemporary, premium look and feel, with a level of craftsmanship and attention to detail for which Lexus is globally renowned. Soft touch finishes abound, including knee pads (F SPORT) on either side of the center console for increased driver and front passenger comfort.
Silver metallic trim detailing throughout the cabin is complimented by a precision machined, analogue clock with surface-emitting illumination, and the latest advances in HMI (Human Machine Interface) technology.
Human-oriented interior design is one of the fundamental tenets of the Lexus L-finesse design philosophy, and the new IS dashboard is divided into two distinct zones, a display zone and an operation zone, offering drivers more comfortable, ergonomically optimised interaction with the vehicle’s HMI systems.
An upper display zone locates the 7″ multi-display screen at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing, while a lower operational zone allows access to system controls such as the second generation of Lexus’ award winning Remote Touch Interface (RTI).
The new IS follows the GS and LS in adopting a Drive Mode Select system, with meter (instrument) illumination and multi-information display design changing from blue to red in sports driving modes.
The center console incorporates another Lexus first, electrostatic switches to control the air conditioning temperature with the touch of a finger. The IS 350 with the standard package is equipped with a new Lexus Display Audio (LDA) system whilst EX and F SPORT grade models are equipped with Remote Touch-controlled Electro Multi Vision Navigation or EMVN multimedia systems (obviously incorporating standard SatNav), and the new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both instrument nacelle and center console displays.
The new interior design is available in a choice of three smooth leather colour schemes; Black, Ivory, and, Dark Rose, an F SPORT exclusive.
Dual-zone Air Conditioning with Electrostatic Switches
The new IS features a dual-zone air conditioning system incorporating a compact, high cooling performance expansion valve. Power consumption has been greatly reduced.
The control panel incorporates a Lexus first, touch-sensitive, electrostatic switches to control the air conditioning temperature. Sliding a finger up or down the bar shaped switch allows for temperature adjustment in 0.5 degree Centigrade increments. Temperature can also be adjusted by simply pressing the top or bottom half of the switch or the arrow markings.
A blower customisation function allows users to select from a choice of fast, medium or soft airflow settings during Auto control. A full screen display has been added to the Lexus Display Audio (LDA) system to confirm the operational status of the system.
Advanced Multimedia Systems
Two types of multimedia system are available for use in conjunction with the high-resolution 7″ full colour display, Lexus Display Audio (LDA) fitted to IS 350 with the standard package and Electro Multi Vision Navigation (EMVN) which is standard on the EX and F SPORT models.
The new generation EMVN system has been developed to provide excellent connectivity and enhanced HMI features. The new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both the center console and instrumentation nacelle displays.
The ability to link the EMVN to the monitor in the instrument nacelle display allows the driver to view audio data, mobile phone reception and incoming call information, as well as navigation directions, while also using the cross switch on the steering wheel to select music tracks and place outgoing phone calls.
The CPU of the integral navigation system (EX and F SPORT) has approximately four times the processing power of the current system. Incorporating automatic screen zoom at intersections, the system features several advanced functions. They include a true 3-D view with city model and landmark graphics, the accurate replication of motorway signage and speed limit information.
Second Generation RTI
The EMVN system is operated via a second generation Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) multi-function control device, which has been enhanced for increased user-friendliness and ease of operation.
The system incorporates the world’s first slide haptic joystick mechanism (operates much like a computer mouse) that allows users to scroll quickly and easily across the display screen. The ENTER command is now accomplished by simply pushing the controller. Usability has also been improved through the addition of ambient lighting, and by minimising the difference in height between the RTI controller and the armrest.
Premium Sound System
The new Lexus IS is fitted as standard with a Premium Sound System representing the next generation of realism and clarity in Lexus sound. It features a fully digital, Class-D, 8 channel amplifier capable of creating virtually distortion-free sound with minimal voltage losses. The natural sound dynamics and rich harmonies generated by the high definition amplification are faithfully reproduced by an enhanced, 8-speaker layout which features a new, 55 mm wide-range tweeter.
iPod functionality and interface quality has been enhanced; via USB port connectivity, the iPod menu can now be driven from the vehicle’s steering wheel control switches, and album cover art displayed on the 17.78 cm (7″) multimedia screen.