2013 Detroit Auto ShowJust 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.
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.