After numerous teasers and delays, Lexus has finally unveiled its 2021 IS sedan. Set to compete against cars like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4, it’s been given some striking new looks, the latest tech, and a host of chassis upgrades to remain relevant in a market where crossovers dominate.
The 2021 IS shares its basic platform with the outgoing model, but it has reinforcements in key areas. It has upgrades in its radiator side supports, C-pillar section, and front side-member points, that make it more rigid than before, reducing unwanted vibrations and improving things like comfort and performance. The suspension has been reworked as well, with 20 percent lighter coil springs, forged aluminum A arms, and upgraded anti-roll bars. And that’s not all. From the release:
Engineers equipped the IS with new swing-valve shock absorbers equipped with ultra-low velocity valves in their pistons to manage oil flow