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New for 2016: Lexus

New for 2016: Lexus

By Philly Murtha, December 22, 2015


The major news for Lexus for the 2016 model year is that the volume-leading RX-Series midsize premium SUV has been redone. As for design themes, Lexus incorporates an even bolder, larger, edgy signature spindle grille on all new models. The first model to feature this treatment was the GS midsize premium sedan in 2011.

Also, Lexus now has six hybrid variants in its luxury lineup and offers the F Sport trim package that includes suspension tuning, bolstered sport seats, and 18-in. wheels on more models. Models in the 2016 lineup also are available with Enform Service and Enform Remote Connect technologies on a one-year trial subscription. More advanced driver safety technologies and updated multimedia and connectivity systems also are available for 2016.

Following is an overview of new or updated features for each 2016 Lexus model:



2016 Lexus CT 200h F Sport photo2016 Lexus CT

  • Hybrid car features trademark Lexus spindle chrome-surround grille and is EPA-rated at 42 mpg in combined city/highway driving
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional Lexus Enform Remote service and connectivity systems




2016 Lexus ES 350 photo2016 Lexus ES

  • Refreshed look with bolder, larger version of spindle grille with satin chrome surround
  • Standard LED headlights and other premium design features
  • New front fascia and L-themed tail lights
  • Optional 17-in. alloy wheels and four new exterior colors
  • New Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver-assist technologies available
  • Optional vehicle connectivity systems—Lexus Enform Remote available
  • Upgraded interior finishes
  • Mark Levinson audio system and panoramic roof available with all option packages




2016 Lexus GS 200t photo2016 Lexus GS

  • New GS 200t RWD model with 2.0-liter turbo engine that generates 241 horsepower, mated with 8-speed automatic transmission
  • More power and torque for GS 350—3.5-liter V-6 delivers 311 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. torque
  • Restyled front end with standard Bi-LED headlamps and trademark bold spindle grille treatment
  • Lexus Safety System+ is an option
  • Upgraded multimedia system with larger 4.2-in. display screen
  • Standard navigation system for GS 350 and GS 450h
  • New optional Lexus Enform Service Connect
  • New interior colors and wood trim selections, plus new wheel designs
  • Analog clock adds GPS time-zone functionality




2016 Lexus GX 460 photo2016 Lexus GX

  • Optional advanced safety systems including Driver Attention Monitor
  • Available with Lexus Enform Service Connect and Lexus Enform Remote
  • Sepia NuLuxe trim is available




2016 Lexus IS 200t F Sport photo2016 Lexus IS

  • Available in three trim levels: IS 200t, IS 300 AWD, and IS 350
  • IS 250 and IS 250 AWD are discontinued
  • Three engine options
  • New IS 200t available only as RWD model with 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with 8-speed automatic transmission that produces 241 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque
  • IS 300 AWD is powered by new 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 255 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Standard 18-in., 5-spoke alloy wheels for IS 350
  • Heated steering wheel available as a standalone option
  • New Premium Plus package with power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers
  • Available Lexus Enform Service Connect
  • Optional F Sport package available for all IS trim levels with special 18-in. wheels, suspension tuning, unique interior and exterior trim accents




2016 Lexus LS 460 photo2016 Lexus LS

  • Multimedia system is enhanced with full-screen navigation
  • Improved body rigidity and handling
  • Run-flat summer tires now available on gas-powered models
  • Newly available Lexus Enform Service Connect
  • Available F Sport version includes sport-tuned air suspension, 19-in. forged alloy wheels, Torsen limited-slip rear differential, Brembo front brakes, unique front fascia, exclusive grille, larger air intake, round fog lights, Alcantara headliner, aluminum trim, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • New Eminent White Pearl exterior paint replaces Starfire Pearl; Atomic Silver added




2016 Lexus LX 570 photo2016 Lexus LX

  • Redesigned exterior is highlight by Lexus’ new trademark one-piece bold grille
  • New 8-speed automatic transmission replaces 6-speed version
  • Interior features new wood trim selections and revised dashboard; ambient LED lighting in cabin
  • More standard safety features including Lexus Safety System+, blind-spot monitor, new tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Standard upgraded multimedia system with larger 12.3-in. screen and remote touch
  • Added standard features: panoramic-view camera and Climate Concierge, which monitors temperature in four areas of the cabin
  • Lexus Enform Service Connect is available
  • Optional head-up display
  • Park Assist and SmartAccess System with card key are now standard




2016 Lexus NX 200t photo2016 Lexus NX

  • Standard LEDs
  • Optional advanced safety technologies including pre-collision system
  • Available Lexus Enform Service Connect
  • Available as hybrid NX 300h
  • NX 200t is available in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), with F Sport trim level available for both
  • New exterior colors: Autumn Shimmer, Blue Vortex Metallic, and Ultra White (available on F Sport)




2016 Lexus RC 350 F Sport photo2016 Lexus RC

  • Three engine options: 241-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder; 255-horsepower V-6; 306-horsepower V-6
  • F Sport trim level with electronic suspension damping and rear-wheel steering (RWS)
  • Available Lexus Enform Service Connect




2016 Lexus RX 450h photo2016 Lexus RX

  • All-new design inside and out that features sharper creases and curves
  • Signature front grille is much bolder spindle design with chrome border
  • RX 350 features 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower
  • RX 450h hybrid powertrain generates 308 system horsepower
  • Optional Lexus Safety System+ with advanced active safety features
  • F Sport trim level available for gas and hybrid AWD models
  • Three new exterior paint colors: Caviar; Nightfall Mica; Autumn Shimmer
  • Choice of five wood interior trims
  • Three distinct 20-in. wheel choices available
  • Redesigned instrument cluster offers information with a quick glance at large and easy-to-read gauge faces
  • Lowered rear floor section for extra legroom and cargo space


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