2014 Lexus IS?

2014 Lexus IS

Road & Track is reporting that the next-generation Lexus IS will debut in 2013 as a 2014 model:

The reason, according to our sources, is that work has started on a new 4-door sedan based on the FT-86 platform.

…this car will be built atop a stretched version of the FT-86 chassis. Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is keen on spicing up Toyota’s image into one with a more powerful emphasis on sport, so we hear the next IS will look and perform sportier than the current model.

…the IS will be powered by a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder and/or a 3.6-liter flat-6. The 2014 Lexus IS F will continue with a high-powered V-8 that’ll make the luxury sedan a presence on the racetrack.

It’s hard to know if there’s even a shred of truth in this rumor, especially when the accompanying photochop by Japan mag Best Car is wearing a Toyota badge.

2013 might seem like a long wait, but given the super update this year, it’s altogether possible. It’s more the two engine options that bring the biggest doubt, as they would be a pretty drastic change from the existing models — never mind that the safe-bet IS Hybrid isn’t mentioned at all.

[Source: Road & Track] (Thanks Jason R.!)


Comments

  1. I think Toyota will have a hard enough time getting Toyota-buyers to accept a car that's essentially a scavenger hunt through the Subaru Imprezza parts bin,but a Lexus? Not a chance!
  2. Good thing this is just a photochop. I bet the actual 3IS will look a lot better.
  3. @Wunko: yeah From what I've heard, the 4GS and 3IS are supposed to be amazing. This is just... yawnnnnnn
  4. This would probably work as some kind of sporty Corolla but as a Lexus, NO
  5. Sales will drop if it looks like this,good ol rumors.8-)
  6. RDS

    Please DON'T be like that , Lexus IS is very nice looking car !
  7. Wow! That's really a worthless design. The new IS will probably have som design-que's from the CT 200h. My personal opinion would be that Lexus took inspiration from the 1st IS and modernised the design from there. That car had presence! I want the new Lexus to look more like a luxurious "battleship", maybe a scaled down version of the LS 8-)
  8. As one of the guys at our forum replied: http://www.lexusforum.nl/forum/download/file.php?id=104&mode=view
  9. Yeah... it is what it is ... a rumor. I don't believe the 3IS will look even remotely like that!
  10. SS

    I think it looks pretty good, but it won't be a Lexus, a Toyota FT-86 sedan will be in the compact class with the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 Series, while the IS is in the mid size class with the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series, and we already know that the IS won't get smaller, after the introduction of the CT. Best Car makes a lot of renderings? Cool imagination boosters? Yes. Accurate all the time? No.
  11. Tim

    Why on earth would Toyota go back to the flat six that I presume is the inline six that dates back to the 60's?:-)
  12. i dont know why everyone has so much hate four flat engines... look at porsches and sti's. they kill the IS250/350 as far as performance goes. and any current subaru motor is better than the 2gr-fe in the is250. flat motors are easy to work on, lightweight, have lots of torque and are actually very smooth.
  13. The car in the pic has nothing to do with the IS... it doesnt looks anything like a IS
  14. Thomas wrote:The new IS will probably have som design-que’s from the CT 200h.
    I think there's a lot of future design cues with the CT 200h, especially in the front end. The 2011 IS update also has that strong aggressive look -- I expect more in that direction. The next IS should be evolutionary, not revolutionary.
  15. Travis wrote:The car in the pic has nothing to do with the IS… it doesnt looks anything like a IS
    I almost didn't post it because it's so inaccurate, but I figured it would be a point of interest. :-)
  16. Pete wrote:i dont know why everyone has so much hate four flat engines… look at porsches and sti’s. they kill the IS250/350 as far as performance goes. and any current subaru motor is better than the 2gr-fe in the is250. flat motors are easy to work on, lightweight, have lots of torque and are actually very smooth.
    I think, if done right, it could be a very interesting idea -- I certainly wouldn't write it off. Just seems like a fairly significant departure from the current car. :-)
  17. Doesn't look very convincing especially the Prius mirrors. I wonder what Lexus has in store for the Detroit shown in Jan... Possibly a concept version of the next GS as that's how they introduced the current car (in '05) which subsequently went on sale the next year. I reckon the launch order for the next gen models should be GS -> IS -> LS -> ES.
  18. Looks good but not for a LEXUS. They should just make thant car into the next generation TOYOTA CAMRY.
  19. LEXUSBOY wrote:Doesn’t look very convincing especially the Prius mirrors.
    I wonder what Lexus has in store for the Detroit shown in Jan… Possibly a concept version of the next GS as that’s how they introduced the current car (in ’05) which subsequently went on sale the next year. I reckon the launch order for the next gen models should be GS -> IS -> LS -> ES.
    Not sure about the Detroit show, but that's an interesting game! I would put it more GS->ES->IS->LS 8-)
  20. krew wrote:Not sure about the Detroit show, but that’s an interesting game! I would put it more GS->ES->IS->LS
    i think the order 'll be GS->IS->LS->SC the ES 'll be deleted
  21. FreeSpirit wrote:i think the order ‘ll be GS->IS->LS->SC the ES ‘ll be deleted
    ES is definitely back, almost certainly with a hybrid option. :-)
  22. ES deleted ?! No Way, its Lexus' cash cow after all :-D
  23. guys i think about something different see the next Subaru tribica 'll share the chassis , body and some other component with Toyota Highlander which already share the Chassis and a lot of component with (Sienna , Camry , Avalon , Aurion , RX & ES) on Toyota side let's don't forgot the Corolla which is a smaller Camry with all it's related as XD & Matrix and (Legacy) on Subaru side so i think that the above pic 'll be for the ES not the IS
  24. Hate the look of the Cars front grill and front look of the fenders, I want a Lexus to look sexy not like an angry monster. I own a 2002 ES, smooth drive and quiet liked the look and reputation of the car, thats why I  purchased it, If thats the new look then I'm going to be looking at other makes and models. Sorry Lexus but I have to have a car that looks great as well as drives great this model does nothing for me.