Lexus has officially revealed the next-generation Lexus IS at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). For 2014, the all-new Lexus IS will be offered in IS 250, IS 350 along with F SPORT model and the first IS Hybrid model- the IS 300h. The IS hybrid will be available in Europe, Japan and other international markets.
With the all-new Lexus IS, every feature has been engineered with a new focus on connecting performance, handling and response of the vehicle to driver input and onion. According to Lexus, the whole development of the all-new IS has been adopted with a completely different attitude targeting the driving performance along with the new bold design accommodating that new attitude. The all-new Lexus IS design includes a new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus’ trademark, L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.
The all-new Lexus IS 250 is powered by a 2.5-L V-6 engine and the IS 350 is powered by a 3.5-L V6 engine. The Lexus IS 300h uses the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, based on a newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine. The Lexus IS 350 is equipped the 8-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission inherited from the IS F with faster shifts, full torque converter lockup and throttle blips when in manual mode.
The new Lexus IS comes with the Drive Mode Select system offering up to four switchable driving modes: ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+, S+ is available only on the IS 350.
The Lexus IS F SPORT model is characterized by the exclusive spindle front grille, bumper and unique 18-inch alloys wheels designed inspired by the LFA. Interior, it is differentiated by having F SPORT parts including shift knob, steering wheel, aluminum pedals along with scuff plates with the Lexus logo.