What Is It?
2014 Lexus IS
What's Special About It?
The redesigned 2014 IS was the big debut on the Lexus stand at the Detroit auto show. As before, there will be IS 250 and IS 350 models, as well as a new hybrid version intended for overseas markets. Engines are carried over from the previous IS, meaning the 3.5-liter direct- and port-injected V6 for the IS 350 and a 2.5-liter V6 for IS 250 models.
Recall that one of the shortcomings of the current car is a dearth of backseat space. To address this, the chassis is revised for 2014, sporting a 3-inch-longer wheelbase that garners commensurate increases in rear legroom. Raiding the parts bin is an ongoing theme in the new IS — the multilink rear suspension and steering system was plucked from the GS (http://www.edmunds.com/lexus/gs-350/2013/road-test.html), and IS 350 models get the eight-speed autobox from the stonking IS F. But not a manual gearbox in sight. Le sigh.
The sheet metal of the new IS is unmistakable, particularly at the back end of the car. Broad-shouldered rear fenders accentuate its rear-wheel-drive nature, while the upswept bumper and taillights make for a taut exclamation point. The corporate grille is less successful, looking dowdy and a bit forced. On the plus side, the new cabin looks to be a treat in terms of layout and materials, at least on the showcar here at the Detroit auto show.
You'll be able to buy one this summer.
What Edmunds Says:
Addressing the backseat situation and adding a host of technology to the cabin are the right moves. As with the previous IS, we expect a capable but not pulse-quickening drive. Time will tell.
Base Price: Unknown
Engine: 3.5 liter direct- and port-injected V6, 2.5-liter V6
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Power: 306 horsepower (estimated) for IS 350 models