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.
The all-new Lexus IS features dramatic design, tight sporting proportions, and sleek surfacing, perfectly reflecting the relevant advances that were made to the driving performance and dynamic capabilities of Lexus’ premium compact sedan.
With a 4,665-mm overall length and a 1,810-mm width, the new IS is 80mm longer and 10mm wider compared to its predecessor. Moreover, its wheelbase measures 2,800mm, which is 70mm more, and its front overhangs have been extended by 10mm.
What’s more, the new Lexus IS follows the new generation ES, GS, and LS models in featuring the sophisticated dynamism of the brand’s spindle grille frontal design. This gives the compact sedan a blend of aggressive elegance, stronger brand identity, and a more powerful road presence.
Its new pop-up hood design enables the lowest possible front profile for the vehicle while optimizing pedestrian impact protection. Beneath this hood, its grille is seemingly guarded on each side by headlamp clusters that are positioned clearly on a higher plane.
The new and powerfully articulated headlamps are highlighted by trademark Lexus L-shaped LED DRL or Daytime Running Lights that are independently located below the cluster, thus giving the new Lexus IS a highly distinctive and unique visual signature.