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2018 Lexus IS 200t: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - August 02, 2017

Model Preview

While the current-generation IS has been around since 2014, the IS 200t was all-new for 2016. After just a year in showrooms, Lexus gave the IS 200t a mild visual update, additional standard safety features, and other technical tweaks. We expect the 2018 Lexus IS 200t to carry on unchanged.

On the outside, we expect the IS 200t to carry on unchanged. This shouldn’t cause any issues with buyers, as it received a modernizing refresh for 2017, including new LED headlights and taillights, larger air intakes on the front bumper, and new exhaust tips out back. Standard features should also remain the same on the outside, including 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, and a sunroof.

Inside, the slight visual changes and larger optional navigation screen will carry on without any changes in 2018. With it visually remaining the same on the inside, we also expect no changes to its standard features, which include dual-zone climate control, premium leatherette upholstery, a 10-speaker audio system, a 7-inch infotainment screen, and keyless ignition.

Under its hood, the 2018 Lexus IS 200t will continue with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine will continue to pair up with an eight-speed automatic transmission that will deliver power only to the rear wheels.

Lexus IS 200t

Due to an acceptable rating in the small-overlap test, the current IS 200t missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick -- we don’t expect this to change in 2018. The 2018 model will, however, continue to come standard with advanced safety features, like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

Though there is no official word from Lexus on a release date for the 2018 IS 200t, we expect it to arrive in the late-fall based on previous years.

Pricing is also not available yet, but with no changes in store, we don’t expect a huge leap from the current model’s MSRP range of $38,820 to $42,365 ($995 destination fee included).

Key competition for the 2018 IS 200t will include the BMW 330i, the Mercedes-Benz C300, and the Cadillac ATS.

Learn about the current IS 200t on sale now »

Pictured: 2017 Lexus IS 200t

Lexus IS 200t

Lexus IS 200t

Lexus IS 200t

Lexus IS 200t

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