Lexus IS sedan will change generation in three monthsMay 17, 2020
Lexus is preparing for the premiere of the fourth generation of the compact IS sedan. Presentation of new items will take place within three months. Updating the Japanese sedan will be conservative: insiders are not waiting for a new platform, a line of engines or global changes in the exterior.
According to Motor Trend, Lexus has decided to refine the existing “car” model of 2013, and the “premium” rear-wheel drive architecture TNGA GA-L will not get the new IS. However, the chassis of the sedan is waiting for a major upgrade: the “fourth” IS will be the first Lexus model that engineers finished at the Toyota Shimoyama training ground – a Japanese copy of the Nurburgring.
Sources of the American publication believe that the new Lexus IS will debut with the same line of powertrains: under the hood of the basic version of the IS 200 t there will be a 2.0-liter 245-horsepower (350 Nm) turbo four, and for top versions of the IS 350 it will be available 315-strong (380 Nm) atmospheric V6 with a volume of 3.5 liters. Both units will be combined with a non-alternative 8-band “automatic”. The rear-wheel drive will remain, for versions with V6 it will be possible to order an all-wheel drive transmission.
It is possible that over time, Lexus will launch a new top version of the IS 500 with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at over 400 horsepower from the flagship LS 500 sedan, but so far the Japanese marketers have not convinced themselves of the appropriateness of finalizing such a modification. The “charged” sedan Lexus IS-F is also not confirmed.
The appearance of the fourth-generation Lexus IS will become less controversial: they will refuse the conflicting V-shaped daytime running lights separately from the headlights, in addition, the “younger” sedan will be decorated with a large-mesh chrome radiator grill in the spirit of current crossovers. A noticeable change in dimensions can not be expected, the general form factor of the body will be preserved, however, due to a more sloping rear rack, the silhouette will become faster and more sporty.
As Lexus dismissed the GS business sedan after 27 years on the assembly line, a more luxurious interior is expected from the compact IS. It is expected that IS will receive a new front-panel architecture in the style of the flagship LS, distinguished by an advanced infotainment system and virtual instruments.
Initially, the new Lexus IS was planned to be presented at the New York Auto Show, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the premiere was postponed for the summer. Insiders say that the change of generations will not greatly affect the price of the model, because in fact the fourth-generation IS will be a comprehensive modernization of the current sedan. In key markets, the new Lexus IS may appear before the end of the year.
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