For 2016, Lexus introduced the IS 200t to the lineup, introducing turbocharged power to the IS for the first time.

To create the IS 200t, Lexus slid under the hood of its popular IS sedan a powerful and efficient turbo-charged 2.0 litres 4-cylinder engine.

First used on the Lexus NX, this engine has been optimized for the RWD configuration of the IS 200t. In this car, the 2.0 litres turbocharged engine generates 241 horsepower and up to 258 lb-ft of torque. All this forward motion is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission with sport-direct shift control and sequential multi-mode shifter.

A quick look at the Lexus IS 200t brochure will allow one to see this sedan comes very well equipped, including 17” aluminum alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Lexus Display Audio system with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, integrated XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats, auto dimming rear view mirror, power windows with water repellant front door glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, Lexus Smart Key system with Push Button Start, integrated garage door opener, an onboard first aid kit, and heated exterior mirrors.

For those wanting a more sporting nature, the IS 200t can be ordered with the F SPORT Series 1 package, adding F SPORT exclusive features, including a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated F SPORT seats, F SPORT front grille, F SPORT scuff plates, 18” F SPORT wheels, F SPORT aerodynamics package, power moonroof and rain sensing wipers.

Of course, the new IS 200t shares an array of luxury amenities and performance enhancements the rest of the IS lineup received for 2016, including: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), Drive Mode Select, six active safety technologies including Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, auto-leveling HID headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, and more.

This latest version raises the versatility of this Lexus sedan to new levels and is definitely worth consideration.