Earlier this afternoon, Lexus released a full set of photos featuring the new Lexus IS series that they’ll be debuting this year at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Upon first glance, we can see that the new Lexus Design language carried over from the Lexus GS is also present here.
The Lexus IS front features a distinctly sharper and narrower set of headlights from the previous generation. Like the GS, the grill has the all new for 2013 model year pinched front grill look with the bottom grill fanning out. And the front fascia features gaping large air intake tracts to direct air to the 2.5L or 3.5L V6 offerings.
The Lexus IS side profile is very dynamic with what almost looks like sideskirts made by a high quality aftermarket designer. The sideskirts sweeps up to continue the line all the way to the tailights,a very aggressive move on Lexus’s part.
Outback ,the new Lexus IS taillights are works of art in their own right with a sharply tapered end starting from the rear quarter panel and continuing to the other side. Dual exhausts sit underneath a rear black diffuser-esque bottom half bumper.
Thanks to Car and Driver, we do know a little bit about the engine choices. “The IS350’s 3.5-liter V6 should have 306 hp, while the IS250’s 2.5-liter V6 should deliver 204. An eight-speed automatic is standard with both engines, marking the first time the Lexus-developed box will be paired to a V6.” No manual transmission will be offered due to slow sales from the previous generation.
The Lexus IS Series dubs itself the BMW 3 series fighter, but I think that they have a long ways to go if they want to win a comparison against a 3 series anytime soon.
Expect this new IS to sell for a starting MSRP of $36,000 all the way up to $45,000.
In my opinion, Lexus should strip the Lexus of it’s comfortable interior, replace it with plastic offerings from Toyota or Scion, slap the FR-S engine as well as Scion badges in front (revised for more power of course) and put a $25,000 MSRP on it.