Added safety, increased pricing and minor specification tweaks lead changes to a refreshed Lexus CT, IS and ES line-up.
As reported by CarAdvice back in August, the latest update sees Lexus boost the active safety package of certain models to include Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) – a system designed to alert drivers to oncoming traffic from the rear.
Attached to a $400 and $370 increase respectively, updated Lexus ES300h and ES350 models now receive RCTA as standard along with the latest ENFORM-enabled multimedia system with connected mobility services and SD card-based navigation. An exterior colour palette switch from Blue Pearl to Titanium Silver rounds out the ES changes.
Coming at no additional cost, all Lexus IS F Sport and Sports Luxury models (and IS300h Luxury models specified with the $10,000 Enhancement Pack Two or $14,000 Enhancement Pack Three) also now come with RCTA.
New LED fog lights, a tweaked Lexus Remote Touch system and updated interior highlights – including a new leather-accented Moonstone trim – are all added to Luxury and Sports Luxury models, while the IS300h receives a new hybrid badge design and is now available with 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels for the first time.
Also avoiding any price increase, the Lexus CT200h – last updated only six months ago – gains a revised Lexus Remote Touch controller and one-touch indicator function. A new Sonic Quartz exterior paint colour replaces the previously available White Pearl.
The luxury Japanese marque first announced its move towards increasing additional safety equipment one day after Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) chairman Lauchlan McIntosh criticised the brand for its levels, and types, of safety equipment, despite awarding the CT200h and IS five stars.
"Safety should not be seen as luxury or added extra,” McIntosh said.
2015 Lexus manufacturer’s list pricing:
CT200h Luxury – $39,990 (no change)
CT200h F Sport – $48,990 (no change)
CT200h Sports Luxury – $56,990 (no change)
IS250 Luxury – $56,500 (no change)
IS250 F Sport – $65,500 (no change)
IS250 Sports Luxury – $78,700 (no change)
IS300h Luxury – $59,500 (no change)
IS300h F Sport – $68,900 (no change)
IS350 Luxury – $65,400 (no change)
IS350 F Sport – $73,600 (no change)
IS350 Sports Luxury - $84,800 (no change)
ES300h Luxury – $63,400 (up $400)
ES300h Sports Luxury – $72,400 (up $400)
ES350 Luxury – $64,900 (up $370)
ES350 Sports Luxury – $73,900 (up $370)