The 2016 Lexus IS sedans come to us with an updated powertrain strategy with now three available engines starting with a new entry level IS 200t.

Follow me now, for 2016 it’s available in IS 200t, IS 300 AWD, and IS 350. The IS 200t is a rear-wheel drive only four-cylinder turbocharged model which now represents the starting point for the sedan line.

With 241 horsepower, the new 2.0 liter turbocharged four will compete head to head with similar engines in the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class just to name a few. It will come only with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

A new mid-level offering is the IS 300, which has a de-contented version of the IS 350’s 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 255 horsepower and comes only in an all-wheel drive configuration with a six-speed automatic.

Topping the line will continue to be the IS 350 with its now venerable 306 horsepower dual-mode fuel injected V6. It comes with an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed automatic if you option it with all-wheel drive.

That all-wheel drive system standard on IS 300 and optional on IS 350 can vary torque split from 30:70 front to rear up to a 50:50 power split.

A new Premium Plus Package for 2016 brings a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers and a heated steering wheel is also now available as a standalone option. As before the popular F SPORT is available for all three models including the new IS 200t.

Body and interior design remain unchanged for 2016 however as the new models are set to arrive at your local Lexus dealerships early this fall.