Here we have an early peek at the Malaysian-spec Lexus IS 200t, as spotted on a trailer by our new recruit Chris Aaron. Officially yet-to-launched, full details and prices of the turbocharged IS is already available on the company’s local website. Expect it to go on sale very soon, then.

This white example here – seemingly already on its way to a showroom – is a mid-spec IS 200t Luxury model. The range will start with the base IS 200t Premium at RM278,400, with the Luxury significantly higher at RM311,900. Added on to the Luxury are staggered 18-inch wheels (as pictured here), auto wipers, wood/leather steering, powered rear sunshade, GPS navigation, reverse camera, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Topping the range will be the IS 200t F Sport, priced at RM344,900. This one gets the full F Sport treatment inside and out, complete with bespoke bumpers, wheels, digital instrument cluster, engine sound generator and adaptive suspension. Surprisingly, the IS 200t prices are higher than those of the outgoing IS 250 V6 models (RM266k to RM328k).

Powering the trio is Lexus’ latest 2.0 litre turbo engine with 241 hp and 350 Nm, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival now gets to 100 km/h in 7.0 seconds, while averaging 7.0 litres per 100 km (14.3 km/l) on the NEDC cycle. This compares favourably against the existing 205 hp/252 Nm IS 250’s figures of 8.1 seconds and 8.6 l/100 km.

Australian-spec Lexus IS 200t