UMW Toyota Motor, the official distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia, has officially launched its new Lexus IS 200t range for the Malaysian market. We’ve spied it, shown you its indicative prices and spec early on, and now, here’s the full deal.

There’s a total of four IS variants to choose from now, three of which are equipped with the brand’s new 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Notably, the IS 250 and IS 350 have been dismissed from the line-up, with the IS 200t taking over from the naturally-aspirated IS 250 in the range, while the IS 350 has been discontinued. The IS 300h still remains available, updated slightly for the times. We’ll get to that in a moment.

Without wasting any time, let’s talk prices. Lexus Malaysia has confirmed that the IS 200t Premium will retail from RM297,800, the IS 200t Luxury from RM349,900, and the sportiest of the bunch, the IS 200t F Sport, from RM384,900. The sole IS 300h hybrid retails from RM452,100.

With the prices now confirmed and settled on, it clear that the additional specifications on the cars and the state of affairs of the Ringgit’s value at the currency exchange may have forced Lexus Malaysia’s hand towards increasing the prices of its IS range further than the initial indicative prices suggested (200t variants believed to be between RM266k to RM328k), which themselves were a step up from before.

The key new element to the IS 200t is its new 2.0 litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine (8AR-FTS) – it’s also the same engine you’ll find powering the NX 200t SUV in Malaysia. Here, it’s installed longitudinally instead of transverse in the NX.

The new 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbo four is rated at 241 hp at 5,800 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,650 to 4,400 rpm. Apart from being more powerful than their naturally-aspirated predecessors here, the new IS 200t variants also offer a higher top speed of 230 km/h – just 5 km/h more than before.

The new engine features a water-cooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and Variable Valve Timing intelligent – Wide (VVT-iW) technology – the latter allowing the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson cycles on the fly to maximise fuel efficiency and performance accordingly, to suit prevailing driving conditions and personal preferences.

Where the previous IS 250 managed to perform its century sprint in 8.1 seconds, the new 200t version is capable of performing the same feat in just seven seconds flat. This is also aided by a new eight-speed torque converter Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission, which is also here to replace the outgoing six-speed transmission.


The IS 200t F Sport is the sole beneficiary of a new Adaptive Variable Suspension System (AVS) as standard just as the IS 250 F Sport before it had, while the rest rely on the standard fixed multi-link setup. Tied to this, the F Sport also gets a fourth option on the Drive Mode Select system controlled by a rotary dial on the centre console: where all other variants get the standard Eco, Normal and Sport modes, the F Sport gets an additional Sport S+ mode.

Another upgrade brought to the new IS 200t range is a set of redesigned and upgraded brake discs – the size of the current 200t’s disc brakes are 17-inches in diameter, one inch larger than before.

The IS 300h continues to rely on its Lexus Hybrid Drive System, which features a 178 hp 2.5 litre petrol engine, 141 hp electric motor, and an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT). The RM452k sedan features a Ni-MH battery which stores energy to be supplied to the electric motor, boosting power and allowing the vehicle to travel short distances in full electric only mode. The battery is recharged either by the combustion engine or via brake energy regeneration – no plug-in charging.

A new feature in the IS 300h spec list is Active Sound Control (ASC) which channels a sportier engine sound into the cabin via a dedicated speaker. This feature was only introduced for the IS 300h globally in 2014. Drivers may choose to control the volume but the audio feed will be automatically deactivated when either Eco or EV mode is selected.

Moving inside the car, there aren’t many noteworthy changes. The cockpit layout and materials used are nearly the same before, with the only new change to the interior being the addition of a powered steering column adjustment fit as standard to all IS models.

Lexus Malaysia is also laying claim to having the most number of airbags in its class, that number being 10 – two more than were previously available. The additional rear airbags are located at each side of the rear seat next to the door opening.

All but the lowest-spec IS variants also get a Blind Sport Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) installed as standard.

There is a total of seven different exterior paint colours to have your IS 200t variant in, while buyers of the F Sport model will get an additional two: White Nova GF and Heat Blue. The interior scheme is matched with the car’s exterior paint, and include a choice of Black Metallic, Wood Grey Ivory and Wedge Metal Dark Rose (reserved for F Sport).

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All variants of the new Lexus IS range come standard with a Lexus Security and Solar Film, as well as a Lexus Emergency Kit – the emergency kit is inclusive of a first aid kit, safety triable, jumper cable, and portable tyre pump.

For the IS 200t models, Lexus Malaysia’s standard three-year/100,000 km (whichever comes first) factory warranty applies, while the IS 300h’s battery pack gets an additional confidence booster in the form of an eight-year warranty with no limitations on mileage.

Lexus Malaysia has also announced that all three variants will be available for public viewing at its local showrooms beginning today.