2012 Lexus IS Spy Shots


Not even 24 hours after spy shots of the next-generation Lexus GS emerged, we have some photos of a similarly taped up IS driving around Germany:

2012 Lexus IS Mule Front View

2012 Lexus IS Mule Side Profile

2012 Lexus IS Mule Rear

There’s even fewer details revealed in these shots, other than that the rear bumper has been cut and stretched, likely to make the shell fit over the new platform that’s expected to be shared between the IS & GS models.

Even with a new mule out and about, there’s very little reason to think the next-generation IS is right around the corner — especially with the revised edition introduced this year. My own guess would be the next-generation IS debuts in 2012 as a 2013 model.

For the full photo gallery, check out the Autoblog coverage.

[Source: Autoblog]

Comments


  • http://www.facebook.com/LexusandThePursuit WorldofLuxury

    I wish I were up there with the Lexus executives. Do they accept bribery?

  • Nataraj

    The rear brakes are now on the opposite side (towards the front)…

  • Wunko

    I can’t wait that long for the 2012-2013 model year!

  • Jemini

    What I heard from a Lexus salesman was this:

    1) New IS in 2012
    2) Wagon available
    3) FWD hybrid drivetrain

    Fits me perfectly, to be honest. Time will tell.

  • Mister Two

    Jemini wrote:What I heard from a Lexus salesman was this:

    1) New IS in 20122) Wagon available3) FWD hybrid drivetrain

    Fits me perfectly, to be honest. Time will tell.

    FWD? Sorry but seriously that is pure BS.

  • Jemini

    @Mister Two:

    Yes, that seemed the least probable point to me too. It at least would not make sense without there also being a 4wd version, which also seems unlikely, but then again that would be one way to implement the hybrid drivetrain.

  • qep

    this IS has the same license plate as the 2nd Gs pic with the exhaust cut outs lol8-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Jemini wrote:What I heard from a Lexus salesman was this:

    1) New IS in 2012
    2) Wagon available
    3) FWD hybrid drivetrain

    Fits me perfectly, to be honest. Time will tell.

    No way the IS is ever released in FWD — AWD hybrid maybe.

  • DFGeneer

    The hood of this mule is also wider than the production car.
    Its amazing how much this changes the appearence. I definately like the production hood way better.

  • qep

    yeah looks like the hood from the isf

  • Dayne

    I guess Lexus will refresh the look of the  IS  for the 2013 model year. Hopefully, they add atleast 2 inches of more legroom to the back seat space. 

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I would think improved rear seat room will be near the top of the list of improvements.