Ch-Ch-Changes: 2011 Lexus IS 250, IS 250, IS-F

Lexus has made minor modifications to its IS lineup of sport sedans for 2011. The IS 250, IS 350 and IS-F all retain the same engines, transmissions and overall look, but they get one big change: LED daytime running lights.

OK, so they’re not the biggest changes in the world, but since Audi started putting LEDs on all its cars, they seem to be a prerequisite now for every luxury automaker as well as that annoying teenager down the street and his ’96 Civic. The sedans also get new front and rear bumper treatments and new headlights and taillights.
The LEDs are optional on the IS 250 and standard on the IS 350 and IS-F. They’re also optional on the convertibles, but the retractable hardtop models do not get any other exterior modifications like the sedans.

The sedans also get new 17-inch wheels standard and new optional 18s. The interior trim has been changed to black metallic. The IS 350 also adds an all-wheel-drive model, while the high-performance IS-F gets a tweaked suspension for a less-harsh ride. The IS-F also gets minor changes to its fabric colors and new gauges.

The 2011s go on sale later this summer. More photos are below.

2011 IS 350 with F Sport Package

By David Thomas | July 16, 2010 | Comments (11)



so everyone can copy Audi now? great job guys.

im going to sit and wait for the "its more reliable than an Audi though!" comments...


Heading towards the right direction. Now Lexus needs to do some work on the center consol. Needs a new look.


heading towards the right direction. now lexus needs to work on the center consol. needs a new look.

But this one have a very good design....both front and back LEDs are looking have an better shape....Interiors seems good too.....

How about they work on putting AWD in the IS350 rather than this boring updates.

they did add an AWD IS 350 model as the story above states.


What a year Lexus and parent company Toyota have had--beat up on runaway cars only to have the data show it was the drivers' fault, and hammered further with recalls over faulty parts. But that's not keeping the company from moving forward with its 2011 lineup, though most of the cars in the range receive only minor updates. We've got the full scoop on each car, from the HS 250h all the way up to the mighty LS 600h L, including prices.

2011 Lexus HS 250h
Priced from: $35,100.

All-new for the 2010 model year when it went on sale in August, 2009, the 2011 Lexus HS 250h gets only a pair of new exterior colors: Satin Cashmere and Deep Sea Mica. They replace Golden Almond Metallic and Black Sapphire Pearl, respectively, while Aurora White Pearl is discontinued. The rest of the car carries over from 2010, including the 35 mpg city and 34 mpg highway EPA fuel economy rating.

2011 Lexus IS 350
Priced from: $32,145

More substantial changes are in store for the IS Sedan, with the addition of the IS 350 all-wheel-drive model, new for 2011. The optional F-Sport package gets visual updates, and all IS Sedans get new front styling and interior trim.

The IS 350 AWD model features the same 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 as the standard IS 350 rear-drive model, but joins the IS 250 AWD to make two all-weather options in the IS range.

2011 Lexus IS 350C
Priced from: $41,060

The IS convertible, or IS C, gets a few minor interior and exterior appearance tweaks for 2011 despite just going on sale earlier this year. LED daytime running lights join the optional HID package, Deep Sea Mica replaces Ultrasonic Blue in the color scheme, and black metallic and silver-finished trim add to the look. The optional Luxury package can also now be chosen with either Saddle Tan or Light Gray interiors in addition to the previous black.

2011 Lexus GS Sedan
Priced from: $46,000

The only new element to the 2011 Lexus GS 350 and 460 range is a standard brake override system, offered as "an additional measure of consumer confidence." When the brake is applied, the system cuts engine power even if the accelerator pedal is also applied, allowing the car to be safely slowed and stopped.

2011 Lexus GS 450h
Priced from: $57,950

Lexus's GS hybrid gets no updates for the 2011 model year, carrying forward the exterior refresh it got for last year, along with its 340-horsepower combined output and 22 mpg city/25 mpg mpg highway/23 mpg combined ratings.

2011 Lexus ES 350
Priced from: $35,525

The front-wheel-drive Lexus ES 350 gets just one change for 2011, but it could mean a lot to potential buyers: instead of requiring premium 91-octane fuel, Lexus has re-rated the car to use regular 87-octane gasoline. The change results in a slight drop in horsepower and torque, down to 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet from last year's 272-horsepower and 254 pound-feet, but the switch to regular fuel should pay dividends at the pump.

2011 Lexus LS 460
Priced from: $65,380

Unlike most of the rest of the range, the 2011 LS 460 gets a new standard coil suspension to replace the previous standard adjustable air suspension. The air suspension system is still available as an option. The 2011 LS 460 also gets the new brake override system, and loses the Truffle Mica paint color.

2011 Lexus LS 600h L
Priced from: $110,000

Change for change's sake sometimes isn't a good thing, and that's the philosophy with the 2011 LS 600h L. The model carries over from 2010 almost unchanged, with the only differences being the deletion of the optional adjustable air suspension and the Truffle Mica color.

2011 Lexus RX 350
Priced from: $37,975

The new brake override system and two new colors are the only changes for 2011. Truffle Mica, Golden Almond Metallic, and Black Sapphire Pearl are out, while Stargazer Black and Satin Cashmere Mica are in.

2011 Lexus RX 450h
Priced from: $43,235

Color is the only change for the 2011 RX 450h, with Black Opal Mica and Stargazer Black added, and Aurora White Pearl, Truffle Mica, and Black Sapphire Pearl are deleted. The rest of the vehicle, including the 295-horsepower combined output hybrid system, carry forward from 2010.

2011 Lexus GX 460
Priced from: $52,345

Again, only minor updates are to be found here: the new brake override system is added, and the rest of the vehicle's features carry forward from the 2010 model.

2011 Lexus LX 570
Priced from: $77,755

The largest of Lexus' SUVs gets the new brake override system, new interior colors, and additions to the Luxury option package, while the Costa Azul color is deleted for 2011. New interior colors include black leather trim to replace gray, and Golden Bird's-eye Maple wood trim replaces Medium Brown Walnut wood trim. The Luxury package grows slightly with the addition of a heated steering wheel.

I enjoyed viewing the pics. I like the interior.


Lexus IS F is even more dynamic. The high-performance sedan with five-liter eight-cylinder starts with a revised chassis intensively in the model year 2012. Result of the training program is to increase the dynamic driving potential, without compromising the long-distance comfort. Lexus also offers the model year for the new IS F individual equipment options. The Lexus IS F of the 2012 vintage shows on fast curves and provides a lower tendency to roll the driver a precise response. Simultaneously, the new chassis is characterized by a more sensitive response to bumps and a higher ride comfort. Specifically to optimize the tire on roads with humps and bumps in the road feel, new shock absorbers were developed and coordinated the new spring rates. Stronger stabilizer bars, new bearings and a slightly revised suspension geometry round off the package.

The new monotube shock absorbers come from ZF. From the 2012 model year Lexus offers its sportiest sedan in addition, new, individual equipment options: On special customer manufactures BBS individual 19 - inch alloy wheels with 14-spoke design. As an alternative to the standard, available in either black or black-and-white semi-aniline leather interior Lexus is now offering an on-hold in crimson and black interior.In addition to the sports seats while even the shifter handle and the lower segment of the rim in crimson leather on the nature of the super sports car LFA run. The crimson leather trim can be ordered now for the coupe-cabriolet IS 250C in the equipment line Luxury line, where it is in precious wood trim gray bird's eye maple combined.

No pricing changes for 2012 models.

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