Lexus gives IS early updates for 2015

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After just a year on the road, Lexus is bringing some modest tech and style upgrades to the 2015 IS. There are no mechanical changes to speak of, but the refinements should spruce things up a little bit.

The only exterior change for the 2015 IS models is the addition of LED foglights, but as they say, it's what's on the inside that counts. All models get an improved radio with Siri Eyes Free voice command for iPhone 4S and 5 users, and the standard backup camera now includes dynamic grid lines. There is also new piano black trim around the instrument panel and window switches, and a Stratus Gray interior color replaces the previous Light Gray. Buyers get a one-year subscription to the Lexus Enform Remote, which allows drivers to use their smartphones to control some aspects of the car, like remotely locking the doors.

Vehicles ordered with the F Sport package get heated and ventilated front seats, and all-wheel-drive F Sport models get a heated steering wheel, as well. The warmed wheel is also optional on non-F all-wheel-drive models. It should keep drivers nice and toasty in the winter.

In terms of performance specs, both the IS 250 (pictured above) and IS 350 remain identical from last year. The IS 250 uses a 2.5-liter V6 rated at 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, and the IS 350 uses a 3.5-liter V6 with 306 hp and 277 lb-ft. Both are available with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. Most models come with a six-speed automatic, but the rear-wheel drive IS 350 has an eight-speed auto. The F Sport package adds 18-inch wheels, new suspension tuning, and upgraded interior and exterior trim.

Lexus spokesperson Allison Takahashi tells Autoblog that pricing for the 2015 IS models will be up $450 across the board. Production of the new model year will begin in July. She estimates that they will begin arriving at dealers later that month. Scroll down to read about the upgrades for the upcoming model year.Continue reading Lexus gives IS early updates for 2015

Lexus gives IS early updates for 2015 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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