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Lexus slashes IS200 pricing

Safety fast: The IS200 range has increased safety equipment as well as slight revisions to the looks.

The sporty Lexus IS200 gets some new equipment and a big price drop

19 Nov 2001

DESPITE a recent rush of all-new models, Japanese sports and luxury brand Lexus has not ignored its biggest seller, the IS200, which has come in for a series of mid-life upgrades and a substantial price cut at the same time.

All the IS200s drop close to $2000, the base model manual now set at $51,490.

Many of the line-up's changes relate to safety with the IS200 and IS200 Luxury Option now standard with side curtain-shield airbags, frontal collision safety improvements and Brake Assist, electronic brake force distribution.

Lexus is also claiming improved handling for its 2.0-litre, six-cylinder sports model.

Other mechanical changes include the addition of a water-cooled automatic transmission fluid cooler to improve transmission efficiency and potential fuel economy.

Styling changes include new seven-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels, a three-bar radiator grille, four new exterior colours, new profile side protection moulding and smoked rear combination lamps for dark exterior colours.

Interior changes include a new soft-feel upper portion for the instrument panel, a new look for the air-conditioner control panel and chrome-plated surrounds for the front door audio speakers.

Ivory trim is now available for all IS 200 models and a centre armrest for the driver and front passenger, which includes provision for two front and two rear-seat cupholders.

An air-conditioning upgrade includes the addition of a dust/pollen filter. The IS 200 Luxury Option model has the additional feature of a leather gear lever knob - for both manual and automatic.

IS200 $51,490
IS200 (a) $53,490
Luxury Option $58,280
Luxury Option (a) $59,690

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