Lexus will unveil the redesigned 2014 IS sport sedan next week at the Detroit Auto Show. The redesign brings Lexus’ now signature spindle grill to the IS, as well as all new sheet metal and a new interior design.
Like the current model, Lexus indicates in a press release that the 2014 IS will be offered in multiple trims levels, including IS 250 and 350 with an available F-Sport package for both trims. Lexus says that the 2014 IS is wider and longer than the outgoing version, which will provide improved back-seat space and comfort. F-Sport models will be distinguished by perforated leather on the steering wheel and shift knob, black seat stitching and a unique front bumper and grille.
The 2014 IS has electrostatic touch controls for the climate system. Kicking Tires says that these controls follow a “growing trend among automakers' interiors… to make the interiors look and function like a personal tablet computer (iPad, etc).” New Cadillac models such as the XTS and ATS also feature a similar control system.
While Lexus doesn’t provide any information about the new IS’ powertrains, Car and Driver, who drove a prototype of the new model, says the engines will carry over from the current model. “The car will continue to offer a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 2.5-liter V-6, with power not moving far from their current outputs of 306- and 204 hp, respectively.”
The 2013 Lexus IS is currently ranked 13th in our upscale midsize car rankings. This places it behind sport sedan competitors like the Infiniti G, Cadillac ATS, BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. Lexus hasn’t released any pricing information for the 2014 IS, but the current model starts at $35,065 for a rear-wheel drive IS 250, while the IS 350 starts at $40,320. The 2014 model will officially debut at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 at the Detroit Auto Show.
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