Lexus’ Chief Engineer Naoki Kobayashi and his team at Lexus International have finally unveiled the special they have been quietly working on lately – the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance. However, they also managed to piss the world off when they announced that the beast of a car will only be available in North American markets.
As the first model in the new Lexus F Sport Performance line, the IS 500’s engine provides a boost in displacement and performance over the IS 350’s 3.5-liter V6. Its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine has a maximum output of 472 hp at 7,100 rpm and 535 NM of peak torque at 4,800 rpm, enabling it to do the century sprint in 4.5 seconds.
Other IS 500 performance enhancements include a throaty quad exhaust system with dual stacked tail pipes that perfectly amplify the new V8 engine. This exhaust not only sounds ferocious, but is inspired by F models, like the RC F.
The IS 500 uses the same the same eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission found in the IS 300 and IS 350 RWD models. It also features drive mode select Sport S and Sport S+, which provides advanced engine and transmission mapping to enhance performance.
Sport S+ also adjusts the amount of EPS steering assist and damping force to deliver sportier handling to match the updated powertrain settings. Custom Mode is also available, offering multiple combinations for powertrain (Normal/Eco/Power), chassis (Normal/Sport) and air conditioner (Normal/Eco).
Starting with the 2022 IS 500, Lexus F SPORT Performance models will come adorned with unique black badging on the sides to distinguish it from F models.
The IS 500 will also come standard with the IS RWD F SPORT’s Dynamic Handling Package (DHP), which includes Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and a Torsen limited slip differential (LSD) that improves handling and performance thanks to enhanced traction when cornering or exiting turns.
Engineers have also improved the IS chassis performance with the addition of a Yamaha rear performance damper. This damper reduces dynamic structural distortion, delivering increased comfort at low speeds, and additional stability and agility at high speeds.
The IS 500 features subtle exterior enhancements to help set it apart from the standard IS 350 F SPORT. The hood has been raised nearly 2 inches and receives sculpted centre character lines, while the front bumper and fenders have been lengthened to help accommodate the vehicle’s naturally aspirated V8 muscle.
Also standard are the exclusive 19-inch split-10-spoke Enkei alloy wheels. Other exterior updates include a revised lower rear diffuser accent that accentuates the quad exhaust system, as well as dark chrome window trim.
Tying these visual and performance cues together is the black IS F SPORT rear lip spoiler. Inside, drivers are greeted with black F SPORT Performance badging on the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and door sill scuff plates.
It also comes standard with the IS F SPORT accelerator pedal, brake pedal and footrest, but the combination instrumentation meter receives an updated startup animation that is exclusive to IS 500.
Lexus Malaysia has announced that their flagship model, the LS500 has been updated for 2021, and it is now open for booking at all Lexus showrooms nationwide.
On the exterior, the updates include a redesigned front bumper, as well as new headlamps and sub radiator grille that offer a refreshed form along with improved functionality.
The spindle grille has also been changed to a dark metallic finish further affording the Lexus LS500 a formal and elegant appearance. A new front bumper incorporates the new Ultra Slim 3-beam LED Projector headlamp design.
The new lamps feature a distinctive L-shaped DRL and BladeScan type Adaptive High-beam System while the sharp-looking sequential signal lamps add that touch of distinctiveness. The new headlamps not only intensify the look of the car but also provide a wider illumination area along with smoother and finer light distribution control.
The new model sits on 20-inch alloy wheels that feature a noise-reducing design thanks to resonator holes incorporated into the wheels. Finished in Hyper Chrome Metallic, the wheels come with new run flat tyres that are optimized with reinforced sidewalls to further improve ride comfort.
In terms of colour options, the new Lexus LS 500s are now available in two new colours – Iridium Silver and Sonic Iridium.
Built on the Lexus GA-L platform which provides optimised weight distribution and lower centre of gravity, the new Lexus LS 500 comes with an air suspension system with adaptive variable suspension, revised stablizers, and suspension bounds stoppers.
It also comes with Access Mode Control that will raise the vehicle when stopped allowing for easier ingress and egress.
Nestled under the bonnet is an improved 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo Engine which features newly developed pistons and an improved variable valve control design that help realize low emissions and quiet operation, particularly when the engine is cold.
In addition to its improved comfort and driveability, the new 3.5L V35A-FTS Engine also boasts a total output of 415hp along with a peak torque of 600Nm. The 0-100kmh sprint is registered at 5.0 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 250kmh.
The driver can also tailor and customise the powertrain responses via the Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport S or Sport S+ modes.
Inside, the new LS 500 has been afforded improvements intended to elevate passenger and driver comfort. Semi-aniline leather seats and ornamentation developed by Takumi craftsmen give the LS 500 a premium atmosphere worthy of a flagship model.
To cater to the discerning tastes, the new LS 500 Luxury is offered in a new Chateau as well as Hazel interior colour scheme.
The Executive Kiriko model on the other hand features Kiriko Glass ornamentation and hand-folded pleats on the door trim, which illustrates the brand’s ‘Innovative elegance through Japanese craftsmanship’ approach.
The model features class-leading rear seat room as well as boot space of 480 litres. The LS 500 Executive Kiriko offers 440 litres of cargo space as it comes with the added benefit of a rear cooler box. Standard features include front 28-way power adjustable front seats – the highest number of adjustments in class along with power adjustable rear seats.
The Executive Kiriko variant also features rear seats with ottoman and massage functions. Seats in both variants are equipped with heater and ventilation. Taking user experiences to the next level, the new Lexus LS 500 is equipped with a new high definition 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen that enhances smart connectivity and functionality.
The new interface is integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and features an in-built Lexus navigation system. The new touch screen display has also been moved 121.5mm closer to the occupants to enhance operability.
To fully enjoy the ride, the LS 500 Executive Kiriko variant features a 23-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System to afford concert hall sound reproduction. With dual 11.6-inch LCD screens in the rear with Blu Ray Disc, SD Card, WiFi (for Miracast) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and HDMI input, every journey can be filled with your choice of entertainment.
All controls have also been consolidated into the Rear Multi Operation Panel for greater convenience. Both variants of the 2021 Lexus LS500 feature 12 SRS airbags as well as Lexus Safety System+ as standard.
The Pre-Collision System (PCS) sensors are now employed to include pedestrian and bicycle detection. In the event of a possible collision the PCS will alert the driver and activate pre-collision braking if required.
Also standard are Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with Stop & Go Function, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The 2021 Lexus LS500 also features a new Parking Support Brake (PKSB) function which can detect static objects such as walls or guard rails or moving objects using the sonar wave sensors.
Additionally, a new Active Assist for the seat belt increases the effect of the pre-tensioner by winding up the seatbelt using a motor if the vehicle detects a high possibility of collision.
Both the Lexus LS 500 Luxury and LS 500 Executive Kiriko are open for booking now at all six Lexus Malaysia Showrooms nationwide with prices starting at RM1,023,629.00 for the LS 500 Luxury and RM1,304,768.00 for the LS 500 Executive Kiriko on the road with the sales tax exemption but without insurance.
Early purchasers who book now will receive their new flagship rides in May 2021.
Toyota has just introduced its car subscription-based program in Malaysia, called Kinto One, under which you can basically lease a brand new Toyota or a Lexus, instead of buying one. Simply put, there will not be any dealing with the bank.
There will only be a fixed monthly subscription fee which you will pay Toyota Capital Malaysia, which will cover the registration of the vehicle, the annual comprehensive insurance and road tax, and even the periodic maintenance as well as preventive maintenance.
This simply means customers really do not have to pay for anything else; be it the oil change, the labour cost associated to servicing, or even components like the tires and the battery. Everything is all truly inclusive.
That said, the models offered under the Kinto One program and the monthly subscription rates are as mentioned below:
In case you’re wondering why the fee is so high compared to the conventional monthly hire-purchase loan repayment, it is because the Kinto One subscription period only comes in either two years or three years.
Once the subscription period is completed, the customer is to just simply return the car to Toyota Malaysia and everything else will be taken care of; dissociating typical customers from the worry of residual value of the car nor the worries of how to sell-off the cars after years of usage.
Introduced under Toyota Capital Malaysia, the subscription program is also offered by Toyota in many parts of the world in the Americas, Central Asia, as well as Europe. However, the Kinto One subscription program in Malaysia is first-in-the-world to introduce an Islamic based car subscription program.
According to Toyota, the Kinto One subscription program is also aimed at companies and corporations wanting to be light in their assets but still highly require the functionalities of being mobile, and also at individual customers who appreciate the fact that the cost of owning a car is really beyond the ability to oblige to the monthly instalments but also all the costs associated to it; payment for insurance, road tax, servicing and wear and tear of the vehicle.
Besides that, Kinto One customers are also entitled to the complete range of after sales services offered by Toyota, where the servicing and maintenance will be handled by authorized Toyota dealers with genuine parts.
Kinto One customers are also covered under comprehensive Takaful insurance coverage with 24-hour emergency assistance.
Mr Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd said, “While it is newly launched here in Malaysia, we are starting with our learning curves way past the introductory stages. With strong support of Toyota Motors Corporation and the abundant availability of intellectual discourses amongst Kinto operators across the world, it has made our market introduction journey a very enriching one.”
Current models include Toyota Vios, Yaris, Corolla, Innova, Fortuner and Camry with many more models coming soon, including Lexus cars.
Those who have been aspiring to get their hands on a brand new Lexus now have something to be happy about, as Lexus Malaysia has announced the introduction a new customisable financial solution called Lexus Next Step.
Offered by Lexus Capital Services, the financial solution will see customers’ repayments divided into three tiers. While Tier 1 will see the lowest monthly instalment, Tier 2 repayment for the next three years will be slightly higher, followed by Tier 3 in which the repayment is the highest. The difference in repayment between each tier is about RM700, according to Lexus.
“Lexus Malaysia understands the desires of today’s consumers who want to enjoy their lifestyle activities while owning the car of their dreams. With Lexus Next Step, we have created an easy and seamless means for aspiring young adults to enjoy unmatched benefits such as lower monthly instalments over the initial period, low rate of interest as well as multiple tiers of payment to suit the customers’ anticipated income growth,” said Lexus Malaysia president, Ravindran K.
Currently, the Lexus Next Step finance plan is only available for the Lexus UX compact SUV that made its Malaysian debut in March last year. Offered in three variants, the Lexus UX is priced at RM236,444 for the Urban variant, RM274,999 for the Luxury variant, and RM290,335 for the F Sport variant.
With the Lexus Next Step plan, monthly repayments for the Lexus UX begins at RM1,938 per month for the UX Urban, RM2,255 for the UX Luxury, followed by RM2,381 for the UX F Sport.
Powering the Lexus UX is a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated Dynamic Force four-cylinder petrol engine with D-4S direct injection, which produces 169 hp and 205 Nm of maximum torque. Paired to the engine is a Direct-Shift CVT with 10-speed virtual ratio function. Thanks to the powertrain, the Lexus UX sprints from naught to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, while doing a top speed of 190 km/h.
The list of standard features in the Lexus UX include automatic headlights, keyless entry, push-start ignition, two seven-inch touch-screen displays, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, Nuluxe faux leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, six speakers, and a reverse camera.
Although the Lexus Next Step financial plan is only available for the UX entry level SUV model, we expect it to be offered for more models in the product portfolio in the near future.
In addition to the new RX 300 Luxury Special Edition, Lexus Malaysia has also introduced the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition in line with the arrival of the new year, featuring a few cosmetic enhancements that make the car look and feel even more than elegant than it is.
The main highlight of the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition is the addition of the bamboo wood trim in the doors, the dashboard, the centre console, as well as the steering wheel. While offering a unique texture and a fine finish to the vehicle’s luxurious interior, the bamboo trim also illustrates the role of a Takumi Craftsman who painstakingly sculpts and finishes each piece by hand.
It is said that the bamboo used in the car were actually hand-picked from sustainable forests in Kochi in southern Japan, allowing Lexus to offer a luxurious and beautiful accent to the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition while being environmentally responsible.
Available in Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black Glass Flake, or Deep Blue Mica, the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition can be paired with two interior colours options – Topaz or Black.
Priced at RM327,510 on the road without insurance, orders for the new ES 250 Limited Edition will be open from mid-January 2021 with sales beginning in February 2021, allowing buyers to take advantage of the current sales tax exemption offered by the government until June 2021.
Powering the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition is a 2.5-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder petrol engine that kicks out 204 hp and 247 Nm of torque, paired to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic gearbox that sends all the power to the front wheels. Performance wise, the ES 250 is capable of sprinting from naught to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, with a top speed of 210 km/h.
Also worth mentioning here is the fact that the Lexus ES 250 Limited Edition comes with Lexus’ arsenal of safety features, particularly the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+). These include the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and the Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS) as some of their key features.
The Lexus RX’s AHS further comes with the world’s first BladeScan™ where blade-shaped mirrors in the headlights spin at high speed to vary the throw of the light away from other road users while creating good illumination elsewhere.
According to Lexus Malaysia, owners of all new Lexus vehicles purchased from any of the six authorised Lexus Malaysia outlets throughout Malaysia will be provided with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty on their vehicles.
The Lexus RX and Lexus ES have suitably played a key role in the Lexus family by developing a strong interest in the Lexus brand. They have continuously delivered an overall package that not only impresses from its design, but the high level of quality finish, equipment and luxurious drive have made these the best-selling models in the Lexus stable,” said President of Lexus Malaysia Mr Ravindran K.
Lexus Malaysia has started 2021 with a bang, and first on the list of new arrivals for the year is the Lexus RX 300 Luxury Special Edition, which is basically the RX 300 Luxury with a funky bodykit.
The Lexus RX 300 Luxury Special Edition SUV, which is the only form of the RX 300 Luxury at the moment, will join the RX 300 Premium and the RX 300 F Sport variants in the product portfolio. This means that there will not be an RX 300 Luxury without the bodykit.
While the bodykit includes a new front bumper spoiler, side skirts, as well as a rear bumper diffuser, the Lexus RX Luxury Special Edition will be available in four main colours, namely Sonic Quartz, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black Glass Flake, and Red Mica Crystal Shine.
Previously priced at RM424,888 on the road without insurance, the price of the Lexus RX300 Luxury Special Edition now stands at RM421,909.50 on the road without insurance.
Powering the Lexus RX300 Luxury Special Edition is the same powertrain package as before, which is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which puts out 235 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a six-speed automatic transmission, and an all-wheel drive system that comes as standard.
Another highlight of the Lexus RX300 Luxury Special Edition is that it comes with the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+) suite of safety and driver assistance features such as the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and the Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS).
The Lexus RX’s AHS also comes with the world’s first BladeScan technology where blade-shaped mirrors in the headlights spin at high speed to vary the throw of the light away from other road users while creating good illumination elsewhere. How cool is that?
According to Lexus Malaysia, owners of all new Lexus vehicles purchased from any of the six authorised Lexus Malaysia outlets throughout Malaysia will be provided with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty on their vehicles.
“The Lexus RX and Lexus ES have suitably played a key role in the Lexus family by developing a strong interest in the Lexus brand. They have continuously delivered an overall package that not only impresses from its design, but the high level of quality finish, equipment and luxurious drive have made these the best-selling models in the Lexus stable,” said President of Lexus Malaysia Mr Ravindran K.
“The Lexus RX and the Lexus ES have proven to be capable, sophisticated and impressive performers in their segments and they continuously exceed expectations by delivering a level of distinctiveness that cannot simply be ignored,” added Deputy Chairman of Lexus Malaysia Mr Akio Takeyama.
Lexus Malaysia today announced that the new LM350; essentially the most luxurious version of the Toyota Alphard, is now open for booking.Can you guess how much it costs?
Although the Lexus LM350 looks very much like its Toyota twin, it is actually a mini first class flight inside. Key features on the exterior include Lexus’ signature large spindle grille, the ultra-compact 3-beam LED projector headlights, 18-inch noise-reducing alloy rims finished in hyper chrome metallic, as well as a generous dosage of chrome accents.
Inside, the Lexus LM350 comes with a 12.3-inch touch screen with controls that be activated through a touch pad, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as plush semi-aniline leather seats for the front occupants.
At the rear, which is the main highlight of the Lexus LM350, there are just two seats, but each is an Adaptipedic VIP lounge seat with an abundance of space.
Occupants can activate the Ottoman massage function in the air cooled/heated seats through touch controls on the rear central console, enjoy the 19-speaker Mark Levinson reference sound system, or watch the 26-inch full HD display panel mounted between the two rows of seats, with numerous playback and connectivity options.
To ensure maximum privacy for rear occupants, Lexus engineers have even included a glass partition that can be raised or lowered at a touch of a button. Other cool features include a fold-out magazine rack, large cubicles on both sides of the vehicle to stow bags, as well as a mini fridge.
Where safety is concerned, the list of features include the Lexus Safety System + (LSS+) which features the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), plus seven airbags.
That being said, all six authorised Lexus Centres around the country will be ready to accept orders of the Lexus LM350 from today for the 4-seater Lexus LM350 which is priced at RM1,148,000 on the road without insurance (Peninsular Malaysia).
Two colours are available for the new model – Black and White Pearl Crystal Shine and all Lexus Malaysia vehicles enjoy a comprehensive 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.
With the official launch of the all-new Lexus LM350 expected to be held in May of 2021 with the first owners receiving the keys a month later, Lexus Malaysia is encouraging eager buyers to place their bookings now to secure their vehicles.
From the moment it was launched a few years ago until yesterday, the Lexus LC 500 was arguably the sexiest car in Malaysia, but that has changed with the arrival of its sexier, topless twin – the 2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible.
Priced at RM1.35 million on the road without insurance, the 2020 Lexus LC 500 Convertible comes with a hydraulically operated soft top which features an innovative folding mechanism that allows it to open in 15 seconds and close in 16 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h.
The soft top, which is constructed from a 4-layered material, can be opened or closed at speeds up to 50kmh for added convenience.
A tonneau cover is also incorporated to cover the roof storage space in order to give the LC 500 Convertible a neat appearance when the roof is opened.
Because of the soft top setup, the Lexus LC 500 Convertible weighs 100 kg more than its coupe sibling, at 2,035 kg.
Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 470 hp and 540 Nm of torque, the Lexus LC 500 Convertible is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, and achieving an electronically limited top speed of 270 km/h.
Paired with the engine is a 10-speed automatic gearbox which sends all the power exclusively to the rear wheels.
On the exterior, highlights include Lexus’ Spindle Grille, 3-beam LED projector headlights, LED taillights, a third brake light integrated into the edge of the trunk lid, 21-inch wheels, and like 10 colour options.
As for the interior, there are three colour options – Flare Red, Black, and OcherIn terms of interior colours, the LC 500 Convertible is offered in Flare Red, Black and Ocher.
The 2+2 cabin also features an eight-way power adjustable semi-aniline leather sports seats with heater and ventilation for the perfect driving position.
Other cool equipment include a Takumi designed gear shift that fits the driver’s palm perfectly, a 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, voice-activated navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an 8-inch Digital Combination Meter, a Heads-up Display, and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound System.
Where safety is concerned, the new LC 500 Convertible arrives with Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) which includes Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams.
The vehicle is also equipped with a total of six airbags, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and active roll-bars as standard features.
Those who purchase the Lexus LC 500 Convertible will be able to enjoy a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty, plus free service throughout that duration or for its first 100,000km as long as it is cared for accordingly by trained Lexus professionals at authorised Lexus Centres.
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia today announced a Special Service Campaign (SSC) to replace the fuel pump on certain units of Toyota and Lexus models.
This SSC is an expansion of earlier campaign. Based on the information received from Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), there are 9,500 new units of Toyota (Alphard, Vellfire, Camry, Corolla, Fortuner, Innova, C-HR and Harrier) and 850 new units of Lexus (ES250, GS200t, GS350, IS200t, LC500, LS500, LX570, NX300, RX300 and RX350) models manufactured from July 2017 to July 2019 and distributed by UMWT involved in this campaign.
Model not listed here are not affected by this campaign. The subject vehicles are equipped with a fuel pump which may stop operating. If this were to occur, warning lights and messages may be displayed on the instrument panel, and engine power hesitation may happen.
UMWT will officially notify all its affected vehicle owners to replace the fuel pump unit at no charge. However, the replacement work should depend on the car models.
For further information, owners of affected cars may contact any authorised Toyota Service Centre or call the Toyota Freephone at 1800-8-TOYOTA (869682).
Lexus held the world premiere of the new Lexus IS online yesterday, featuring a fresh design, new features, and improved driving dynamics.
On the exterior, taking centre stage is the new Spindle Grille design which features a three-dimensional, polyhedral structure, and complementing it are features like newly developed compact and lightweight lamp units, muscular fenders, straight-line-type rear combination lamps sporting an “L” motif, three-dimensional bumper garnishes, as well as new 19-inch alloy wheels.
Size wise, the IS has grown by 30 mm in length, 30 mm in width, and 5 mm in height compared to the outgoing model. The car’s chassis is also more rigid than before.
Two new exterior colours have been introduced as well – Sonic Iridium and Sonic Chrome.
Inside, the new IS’ multimedia system features a new touchscreen that is compatible with SmartDeviceLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Other highlights include the door trim which now features a graphic pattern, as well as Ash decorative ornamentation.
Under the hood, the powertrain options have been carried over – the IS300 RWD comes with a 241-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder mill, the IS300 AWD gets a 260-hp 3.5-litre V6 engine, while the IS350 AWD and RWD are powered by a 311-hp version of the 3.5-litre V6 engine.
While AWD versions of the new IS use a six-speed automatic gearbox, the rear-wheel driven variants get an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
As far as safety is concerned, Lexus has added functions such as Emergency Steering Assist to the Lexus Safety System+ suite of safety features, which includes Pre-Collision system, Low Speed Acceleration Control, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beam, Road Sign Assist, and Driver Emergency Stop Assist.