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As we reported yesterday, Lexus Malaysia has just rolled out its updated IS range of cars here, with prices ranging from RM289k to RM452k. Three variants of the turbocharged IS 200t made their debuts, while a fourth and final one sees range-topping IS 300h hybrid soldier on.

Today, with Lexus showrooms across the country beginning to display their updated IS models, we decided to visit the Mutiara Damansara outlet to bring you these lives photos of the new car.

Only the IS 200t Luxury variant was available for display at the time, itself being the higher-spec variant of the two 200t versions without the F Sport package. Specifically, this IS 200t Luxury will set you back a cool RM349,900.

The new 2.0 litre turbo four engines bring to the IS 200t units more power and technology than before, with outputs rated for 241 hp at 5,800 rpm, and 350 Nm of torque between 1,650 and 4,400 rpm. With a new eight-speed torque converter Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels of the car, the IS 200t is capable of performing a century sprint in just seven seconds.

The C-Class and 3 Series-fighter you see here wears a Red Mica Crystal Shine body paint colour. The front-end features the brand’s prominent spindle grille design, flanked by HID (Xenon) projector type headlamps, with auto-levelling function and headlamp washers.

All IS variants feature LED daytime running lights and fog lamps, and rear combination lamps as standard, while the auto-folding and dimming wing mirrors with heater and memory function are Luxury-and-above only features. So too are the car’s rain sensors. The wheels worn by this variant are a set of 18-inch multi-spoke alloys.

Inside, the Luxury variant gets a wood and leather combination interior (lower-spec Premium only gets a film and leather type), while both the non-F-Sport 200t variants get a three-spoke multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel. Paddle shifters are a standard affair on all IS variants, including the IS 300h hybrid.

Dual-zone air-conditioning is standard for all variants as well, together with rear AC vents. The inside rear-view mirror on the Luxury variant and upwards are automatically dimming electro chromic types.

For infotainment, the IS 200t Luxury and the base Premium variant get the same Lexus Premium Audio eight-speaker sound system. The Luxury variant sets itself apart from the Premium variant with a seven-inch Lexus Electro Multi Vision display screen, however – the Premium gets a more basic Lexus Display Audio system screen.

Connectivity and audio options for the Luxury variant include an in-dash DVD player, MP3 and WMA compatibility, dual USB ports and an AUX jack. There is also Bluetooth handsfree connectivity. The Luxury variant also adds reverse camera, navigation, Blind-spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems, features not present in the baseline Premium.

As mentioned in our launch report, all IS models also increase their airbag count to 10 from the previous eight available, while other standard safety systems across the board include vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start assist and a tyre pressure warning system.

So, will it be this over the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class?