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


  • Eljay

    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!

  • Wunko

    Good thing this is just a photochop. I bet the actual 3IS will look a lot better.

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

    @Wunko: yeah From what I’ve heard, the 4GS and 3IS are supposed to be amazing. This is just… yawnnnnnn

  • iCyCo

    This would probably work as some kind of sporty Corolla but as a Lexus, NO

  • BOSS

    Sales will drop if it looks like this,good ol rumors.8-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard RDS

    Please DON’T be like that , Lexus IS is very nice looking car !

  • Thomas

    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-)

  • http://www.lexusforum.nl Hube
  • Nataraj

    Yeah… it is what it is … a rumor. I don’t believe the 3IS will look even remotely like that!

  • 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.

  • 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?:-)

  • Pete

    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.

  • Travis

    The car in the pic has nothing to do with the IS… it doesnt looks anything like a IS

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Hube wrote:As one of the guys at our forum replied:
    http://www.lexusforum.nl/forum/download/file.php?id=104&mode=view

    Hilarious.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    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.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    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. :-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    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. :-)

  • LEXUSBOY

    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.

  • Mark

    Looks good but not for a LEXUS. They should just make thant car into the next generation TOYOTA CAMRY.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    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-)

  • FreeSpirit

    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

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    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. :-)

  • LEXUSBOY

    ES deleted ?! No Way, its Lexus’ cash cow after all :-D

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

    @LEXUSBOY: Welcome back, LEXUSBOY!

  • FreeSpirit

    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

  • Hamereas

    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.