LEXUS has given its stylish sports saloon sharper looks inside and out, added extra equipment features and made detail adjustments to provide even better handling, while at the same time cutting prices – by more than £1,000 on some models.

A new three-grade structure is being introduced for the 2009 IS range: SE, SE-I and SE-L, with enhanced specifications across the board.

The most notable upgrade is the provision of Lexus’s advanced handling and safety system Vehicle Integrated Dynamics Management (VDIM) as standard on all models.

VDIM co-ordinates the operation of the car’s ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with the Electric Power Steering (EPS), providing smooth, optimum assistance as the car reaches its performance limits.

Also new to all models are folding rear headrests for better rearward vision when the back seats are unoccupied.

Suede-effect upholstery is fitted to the entry level SE models, while the new SE-I versions build on the current SE grade with the addition of front and rear parking sensors.

For the top-of-the range IS 250 (now available exclusively with automatic transmission) and 220d SE-L models, 18-inch alloy wheels become a standard feature. These and the 17-inch rims featured on the SE-I versions both have a new design.

Lexus has assembled a Satellite Navigation Pack, available as an option (£1,825) on IS SE and SE-I models, that comprises a Pan-European satellite navigation system, seven-inch display, touchscreen operation and Bluetooth connectivity with a 13-speaker audio system.