Lexus to unveil redesigned 2013 Lexus IS sedan at Detroit auto show

Article by Anita Panait, on December 6, 2012

Lexus Division is set to unveil its redesigned 2014 Lexus IS sedan at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January 2013. The Lexus IS sedan is built with the same platform and powered by the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the longer GS sedan. However, the Lexus IS has its own 2.5-liter V-6 entry-level engine. When the GS underwent a major redesign this year, much of its architecture and powertrain were carried over.

The major changes for the GS include design and technical refinements, like increased body rigidity. Consumer could expect similar changes for the Lexus IS, with the addition of a more tightly tuned and more casually styled F-Sport model. According to Lexus, the production IS will have design cues of the LF-CC coupe concept that was unveiled at the Paris auto show in October.

The IS competes in the rear-drive compact sedan segment dominated by the BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C class, Audi A4 and Infiniti G.

The compact sedan is expected to become more congested with the addition of the Cadillac ATS. The IS series was initially scheduled to be launched at the Geneva motor show in March, according to a Toyota source.

However, the United States proved to be a larger market than Europe for the IS, prompting Lexus to initiate the move.

On the other hand, Toyota recently trademarked the nameplates NX 200t and NX 300h, which means that a widely speculated compact crossover vehicle is close to production. Toyota could be expected to unveil the NX in the Geneva auto show, since Europe has a stronger market for smaller luxury vehicles.

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