2014 Lexus IS Photos Released Ahead of 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2014 Lexus IS Photos Released Ahead of 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Detroit Auto Show


2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • First photos of the 2014 Lexus IS are released ahead of its official debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • Both IS 250 and IS 350 models will be available, plus an IS 300h hybrid version.
  • The Lexus IS 350 F Sport is also part of the lineup.

TORRANCE, California — Photos of the all-new 2014 Lexus IS were released by Toyota on Wednesday, ahead of the car's official debut on Tuesday, January 15 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Both IS 250 and IS 350 models will be available, plus an IS 300h hybrid for markets outside the U.S., a first for the IS lineup.

The 2014 IS features Lexus' new spindle grille design and a new headlamp cluster with L-shaped daytime running lights (DRL) set below.

An all-new interior caters to the driver, with a lowered hip point and increased steering wheel adjustability. The car's longer wheelbase and increased width also open up the rear of the cabin, which Lexus says now offers best-in-class knee room. Other upgrades include a new 60/40 split-folding rear seatback and electrostatic switches that allow for temperature adjustments just by touching the center console.

An LFA-inspired steering wheel comes standard on the 2014 Lexus IS, and the IS 350 F Sport version gets an exclusive perforated leather finish to the steering wheel and shift knob along with metal trim, black seat stitching and aluminum pedals and scuff plates.

A choice of three F Sport interior color options, including a new Rioja Red finish, are available.

Edmunds drove a prototype version of the IS last year, but no additional details were released at the time.

Edmunds says: Lexus is taking a very conservative approach to the redesign of its compact sport sedan. Hard to tell at this point if it's a good idea or too little, too late.



  • poosmasher poosmasher Posts:

    Looks pretty sharp.

  • spwolfx spwolfx Posts:

    can someone tell me whats conservative about this car? Did Kelly actually look at the pics or was this written in advance? You can call it ugly, but conservative? Makes BMW look like a Buick.

  • screwball71 screwball71 Posts:

    I'll admit at first glance it's nice, but I need receipts... or in this case, crash test results. IJS

  • kyolml kyolml Posts:

    My wife saw a GS sedan, and she said" what an ugly car", I told her it's Lexus, she said "holy moly"... This, worst idea ever

  • jmaroun jmaroun Posts:

    Finally!! Lexus has created a winner! Watch out BMW. wow

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    Good lord, this thing is just hideous. It's like luxury boy racer gone berzerk. I just cannot imagine putting this car side by side with a 3 Series, C Class, A4, S60 or G37 and thinking it's attractive. I'm almost embarrassed for Lexus. And that interior belongs in the FR-S. The way Lexus is trying to "sportify" its lineup by starting with designs with the excitement of a bar of soap, then adding tacky doo-dads to them is like Ellen Degeneres in high heels and a mini skirt.

  • waooooo, that's nice, can wait to see the new F. lookout 3series.

  • mnorm1_ mnorm1_ Posts:

    Like the side view; the front not so much. Interior looks busy.

  • stevowillco stevowillco Posts:

    This is redesign is conservative for you? REALLY? Not sure if some people will ever allow for Lexus to be anything other than conservative in their mind. I personally am not even sure if I like the design because of how radical it is. To each his own I suppose.

  • stevowillco stevowillco Posts:

    Just showed it to my brother. Usually doens't like the looks of lexus and likes this one. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

  • ramjr ramjr Posts:

    looks very nice but I wonder what kind of power they produce for the cost ???

  • dch1114 dch1114 Posts:

    After waiting 2 yrs for this redesign I must say at first look I'm not impressed. I took a second look and even less impressed, which is a shame. I'm not sure who they are trying to appeal to with their zippy exterior and less than impressive interior. I'll take a close look in the showroom but before I soend $45K, i'll be looking at other options, which includes keeping my current IS.

  • bestjinjo bestjinjo Posts:

    Nice interior but the exterior is a miss. The front lights are so awkward and the LEDs under them look like Nike swooshes. The front bumper is too busy and the Predator grille is not particularly attractive. The rest of the car looks like someone took the current IS and added some bodykit for SEMA. Lexus is trying to move away from boring/bland designs but somehow this car just looks 'cheap' and tacky.

  • k9h2o k9h2o Posts:

    Jeezus, no. Not a fan. Conservative overcompensation. Mitt Romney in a pleather gimp suit.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    That interior looks fantastic but does anyone see Scion tC sedan in the exterior profile? I don't think it looks bad, but not fantastic either. I still generally dislike the spindle grill.

  • buzaglo04 buzaglo04 Posts:

    isn't conservative suppose to be a bad thing? i think the new design is a hit and is a big step forward then the outgoing model

  • frank908 frank908 Posts:

    The brake lights in side profile.just.killed.it.for.me. And I was really looking forward to this car, but I knew they'd eff it up in some little way or another. The rest of the car is nice, predictable, but nice. Maybe it's better in dark colors.

  • farjamed farjamed Posts:

    What is it with the Japanese?? They have no imagination when it comes to production models. What a boring looking car. It looks like they tried to take a cue from Audi with the angle of the C-pillar but it doesn't look right on this car. What a let down. Hopefully the upcoming Infiniti Q50 will show some style, although Infiniti and Nissan seem to be going in the wrong direction with the G/Z cars.

  • garrym garrym Posts:

    Well, I like what I see. The interior seems a little busy. I suspect the reflection from the side vents will show on the outside side mirrors. Very, very annoying. That was my experience after recently testing a new Altima. Overall the new exterior design is refreshing compared to the look of other Lexus models.

  • alex38 alex38 Posts:

    just AWFUL. What has happened to Toyota...this is just hideous. A complete disaster.

  • frank908 frank908 Posts:

    dfelix70, if you're gonna use his name in vein, please capitalize it for the love of God. In this case, Lord.

  • jaredm jaredm Posts:

    I would have to disagree and say the interior looks to have a fairly good design for this segment. Of course I'll reserve full judgement until I can get a closer look at the materials used. But the exterior is an absolute mess. I don't mind the look of the new GS and even the ES but the design theme on this car was taken way too far! The front is pretty much a joke. I imagine this car will not age gracefully.

  • Interior looks great. I like the carry over if the instrument cluster from the LFA. As for the styling, I have to see it in person. It looks like a baby GS.

  • hit27 hit27 Posts:

    The front end looks like the damn Predator when he took his helmet off!!

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    farjamed: did you seriously say boring!? do you have eyes? Anyway, people, you do know that these pics are for the super over the top F sport right? The regular version looks more tame. of course. Pics for that? not revealed yet, as I can see.

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