2014 Lexus IS Information


2014 Lexus IS F SPORT & IS 350

After two days of live coverage at the Detroit Auto Show, it’s time to work through all of the information released about the new 2014 Lexus IS.

The best place to start is with the official press release — here’s the full text, along with a selection of new photos.

2014 Lexus IS F SPORT Front

Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2014 IS sedan at the North American International Auto Show.  IS will be available in rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 and IS 350, a further evolution of F SPORT available across the entire model range, and for Europe, Japan, and select international markets, the IS 300h, the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive.

Driving performance is a key selling point in the sport sedan segment. In conjunction with a bold new design including the Lexus spindle grille, the all-new IS has been painstakingly engineered to have excellent dynamic capabilities to provide an exceptional driving experience.

“I adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the all-new IS,” said Junichi Furuyama, IS chief engineer. “Specifically, it was to make an entertaining driving experience a major premise behind all aspects of performance.

“The conventional approach involves developing each individual aspect in the hope that they will combine to offer an engaging driving experience. By contrast, development of the new IS flipped this process on its head, first establishing the pleasurable driving experience owners desire, and then developing the individual performance elements to support it.”

2014 Lexus IS F SPORT moving

Every aspect of the IS has been engineered with a renewed focus on engaging performance, agile handling, accurate response to driver input and highly communicative feedback. 

“The IS has always been precise and fun to drive,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The all-new IS kicks it up a notch with true sport sedan driving dynamics, state of the art onboard technologies, and an all-new design that makes it look fast even when it’s standing still.”

Incorporating several Lexus-first features and technical innovations, the IS showcases an interior design with all the refinement and quality expected of a Lexus, plus a focused driver’s environment, a significant improvement in rear seat comfort and spaciousness, and a larger, more convenient trunk.

Engine/Transmission

2014 Lexus IS F SPORT Side Profile

Rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 are powered by a 2.5 liter V6 gas engine.  The IS 350 features a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine.  The IS 300h, which will be available in Europe, Japan, and select international markets, will employ the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, based on a newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine.    

IS adopts the Drive Mode Select system which offers up to four switchable driving modes- ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+ (S+ available on IS 350 only) –  to optimize vehicle systems to suit the driver’s preferred combination of fuel economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.

The IS 350 RWD features the eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission from the IS F high performance sedan with quicker shifts, full torque converter lockup and throttle blips in manual mode. The new IS is the first Lexus model to adopt G force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) control in Sport mode.  This system automatically selects the optimal gear and downshift pattern in response to G force, and maintains the selected gear through a corner.  

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Brakes

2014 Lexus IS 350 Moving

Driving enjoyment was at the heart of the new IS development program, and every aspect of the new Lexus sedan’s driving dynamics has been carefully engineered to that end.

New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques, along with additional spot welding, have increased overall body rigidity. This enhances stability and also allows for a more comfortable ride without compromising handling agility.

The double wishbone front suspension system has been revised, offering a twenty percent increase in sway rigidity. The rear adopts a new multi-link suspension system from the GS. Fine tuning has resulted in outstanding grip performance and excellent response to steering inputs. Separate mounting of the spring and shock absorber maximizes trunk space.

2014 Lexus IS Rear

Steering feel and feedback is key to an enjoyable driving experience, and the new IS benefits from a steering gear box based on that of the GS sedan, incorporating a variety of tuning techniques. The structure and rigidity of each gear box component has been revised to create a smoother and more accurate steering feel with enhanced input response and greater driver feedback.

F SPORT

2014 Lexus IS Weird Hill

IS F SPORT models not only benefit from exclusive, exterior and interior design features, but also genuine dynamic enhancements. Both the front and rear suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are exclusively tuned for F SPORT, enhancing handling performance. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is tuned for F SPORT models, while Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) is also available on IS 350.

F SPORT models announce their presence with an exclusive spindle grille that incorporates a bolder insert design. The bottom corners of the front bumpers feature aerodynamic detailing to provide enhanced brake cooling. Unique 18-inch wheels feature a Y-spoke design inspired by the LFA.

On board, drivers will receive vehicle information from an innovative driver’s meter cluster with a moving center ring, inspired by the LFA. Interior trim detailing includes an F SPORT steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates that include the Lexus logo.

Exterior Design

2014 Lexus IS 350 Front

The overall dynamic shape of the body emphasizes the wide flare of the wheel arches to give the new IS a broad, powerful stance.

In profile, the strong horizontal beltline shows off the large rear tires and its low center of gravity. The exterior design includes a new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus’ trademark, L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.

Interior Design

2014 Lexus IS Interior

The clean, horizontal theme of the interior is bisected by the strong upward sweep of the center console, creating an ergonomically ideal environment.

The newly designed driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support. Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach adjustment has been increased, creating a driver focused seating position.  

To better accommodate passengers, the new IS wheelbase is nearly three inches longer, providing a more comfortable cabin and increased trunk capacity. The extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design results in three inches more knee room for rear passengers.

New to the IS are standard, lockable 60:40 split/folding rear seats. 

2014 Lexus IS Trunk

Refined materials throughout the cabin are complemented by a high quality analog clock with surface-emitting illumination. The climate control system incorporates Lexus-first electrostatic switches, which enable vehicle occupants to adjust temperature settings with the touch of a finger.

2014 Lexus IS Center Console

All IS models are equipped with the next generation, Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems. Both multimedia systems provide industry-first complimentary real-time traffic and weather information delivered without a subscription through HD™ Radio Technology.

The new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both the meter cluster and center console displays.

Safety/Security

2014 Lexus IS Airbags

The 2014 IS has 10 airbags standard, including rear seat side airbags.  Available safety and security features include an Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system, a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system, a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.

2014 Lexus IS Headlights

The AHB headlamp system maximizes visibility at night by automatically switching to low beams when its camera detects the lights of either an oncoming or preceding vehicle.

An LDA system helps prevent unintended lane changes by alerting the driver when the vehicle deviates from its lane without the operation of the turn signal.

The BSM uses rear mounted radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that are not visible in the outer door mirrors.

The RCTA system employs the BSM radar to alert the driver to approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space.

The all-new Lexus IS will go on sale in mid-2013.

Comments


  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    I’m seriously surprised to see that even regular IS doesn’t tone down the extremely excitement exterior … :o

  • DuDE

    So the LED Headlamps are standard?

  • BlackDynamiteOnline

    Honestly, I like the looks of the non F-Sport model even more!

    I like the blacked-out horizontal bars in the grille, and the fog lights, and the alloy wheel design is excellent!
    BD

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

    haha Imagine the car without DRLs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1142296954 Marcus Wilby

    Think it uses the D4S system – recall Mark Templin saying this at the launch..

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

    I’M STILL EXCITED ABOUT THE COMPLIMENTARY REAL-TIME TRAFFIC AND WEATHER INFORMATION!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1142296954 Marcus Wilby

    Agree, I prefer the non F-Sport models too.  Think I could live without the LFA dials..  Reckon there will be a larger pricing difference between F and non F models this time round unless you can choose elements when speccing car.    

  • Ljn71

    Lexus Norway has a given rough estimate of what the starting price will be on the 300h,and it is as expected very low due to the low emissions and the tax break that results in.

  • Bobby

    Its such a radical departure from what I’m used to seeing from Lexus and I love it. BMW looks so tame compared to this. Seriously impressed, awaiting RC and IS-F

  • altezza

    So the utility means a foldable rear set, not a SportCross. LOL.
    Or such a shame. Depends on…

  • AM

    Will the IS250 F-Sport be available with AWD in Europe? Will the F-Sport have ventilated seats?

  • Pond

    Should be affordable indeed. Too bad the compulsory front license plate is bound to upset the grille somewhat. Think I’ll wait for the RC300h though.

  • Ljn71

    Yeah,I’m very excited about the coupé too. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.branco.710 John Branco

    Where are all of the press release pics of the IS 250?? Netcarshow.com is only showing the IS300h and F variants.

  • omar

    where is the pre collision system?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.branco.710 John Branco

    No 8 speed for the 250. Center ring IP reserved for just the F sport variants? Sorry Lexus just not enough here for me to give up my 2010 IS 250 RWD with 18 inch wheels.

  • Brad

    I know I’m going to catch a lot of flack for my opinion,but I really like that IS 350 F-Sport,especially in White Nova!It’s probably not available,but I wish it was available in AWD WITH the 8-speed & LFA inspired tach.I want to buy this for my wife.I’m anxiously awaiting to see if an IS-F or RC-F become available or production model LF-LC as a Summer only car.

  • BlackDynamiteOnline

    I’m guessing the 2015 Lexus RC will come Spring 2014
    BD

  • F1orce

    I am impressed!

  • darkride

    I think what DuDE is referring too is not the DRL LEDs but LED headlamps. I don’t think LED headlamps will be standard. Reasoning being, they are not standard on any Lexus model (non-hybrid). Many of the pictures of the prototype being driven by the auto reviewers, it can be seen that they are singular HIDs, similar to the standard headlamps GS, CT, and ES.

  • mgoldwire

    I thought that the “LEXUS” emblem on the rear was to never be anymore?

  • BlackDynamiteOnline

    On American cars, I think that’s the case. 

    Maybe the cars that have it are for the Euro market….
    BD

  • dhgjatg

    what’s wrong with the regular gauges? looks pretty good to me……

  • leozno1

    I’ll be your wife if you buy me one! jk jk but in all seriousness, the IS 350 F-Sport will definitely come with the 8-Speed & the LFA Tach but the big question mark would be AWD.

  • Whatthebrett

    The driving dynamics improvements have my curiosity, would still like to see a diesel version in Europe, the torque of the current 220d will pull from 30km to 110km in third no problems (long ratio gear box found in germany cars)  Even if it is the borrowed engine from BMW ( from the new partnership formed las year), or a spit AWD diesel hybrid as used by the French manufactures, take the current 2 litre instead of the 2.2 and put a larger variable value turbo teamed with the spit drive shaft hybrid electric engine and that should meet the Euro 6 regulations, this would really grab the premium market in Europe. Good to see the eight speed gear box across the range, wonderful gearbox with the V8 in front of it even at full speed on the autobahn, (278km/h).

  • Thomas .

    Diesel are for boats and construction and mining equipment. Knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock.
    Lexus Norway and Lexus Sweden have promised to never offer diesel-engined cars ever again. I hope they stick to their promise!!

  • LEXICON

    There is nothing i hate more than a diesel of any kind! Like the jerk-off that starts his truck 6 hours before he leaves his house in the winter. I just don’t see the point here, especially with hybrids available.

  • dhgjatg

    I think/hope the is250 should start little less than $35k, since the base 3series starts at $35k but comes with a more powerful engine.

  • Whatthebrett

    Yet in Europe diesel account for about 40 % of all cars, cheaper to run and the motor will out last a petrol engine 5 times, modern diesel engines are just as quiet as a petrol engine, I personally prefer them for the torque and fuel economy, even  against a hybrid engine it is still cheaper to run a diesel motor. Have a look at the Alpine D3 series engine that runs high compression injectors and will match the performance of any other petrol engine of the 2 liter capacity,6.9 to 100km/h isn’t slow with 214 bhp, Lexus IS 200d is 10.2 seconds to 100km/h and the 2 liter 2012 Evo does it in 5.1 but that is at the extreme and throw away the engine after 120,000 km and uses twice the amount of fuel to do so . Also Le man’s 24 has been won for the last 4 years by a Audi V!0 diesel, it is only your thinking that is behind the times. Japanese manufactures are not as focused on diesel engines Europeans manufactures. Toyota / Lexus is simple avoiding the cost of redevelopment of the engine to get to Euro 6 standards and are hoping that the introduction of the 300h will off set the demand for diesel motors and that is a gamble when 40% of sales are diesel currently, that is a brave or a foolhardy decision.

  • OlFius

    This is art ! Enjoy !
    Even powering-off the IS looks good (see the end of video).

    http://www.youtube.com/v/Nl_AazE6m50

  • Herbert

    Does the IS 300 Hybrid have split/folding rear seats?

  • Thomas .

    Cheaper to run, than a hybrid? No! Outlasts a petrol engine? No!The “modern” diesels need turbo(s) to be driveable in modern cars. Turbos dont last long. Furthermore; diesels need advanced particle filters in the exhaust system to capture the toxic emmisons from the burnt diesel. They need to be changed every second year, and are expensive. Diesels also put out lots of N0x emissions.
    Diesels dont in principle have more torque than gas-powered cars. That’s a big misunderstanding. Horspower and torque go hand in hand, as HP is torque multiplied with a factor of time(RPM). If you didnt have torque, you wouldnt have any horsepower. Usually the diesel-powered cars have more torque anyway, but that’s because of the force induction, but they dont have the same amount of power as the gasoline cars because the diesel doesnt work over such a broad RPM-register as the gas cars.

  • Thomas .

    Yes.

  • Thomas .

    The Audi i Le Mans only “won” because the rules of the race shaves off the actual time for the disadvantage of using a diesel engine.

  • Thomas .

    Modern diesel engines arent quiet, but some of the cars are well noise insulated. They sound awful!

  • darkride

    Yep was right. Found this picture later today.

  • Whatthebrett

    First the refining process for petrol removes the toxic material before hand, which doesn’t disappear, just not entering through the atmosphere by car emissions,but is still a by-product of further refining, so the cost to the environment to refine to a higher grade fuel is the same. The second is at 100,000 km (6 years old) the particle filter still hasn’t been replaced by Lexus as yet so your two year theory is void. The components and materials that hybrids batteries use are sourced from around the globe, which has a effect on the environment to ship it all to Japan, and like all batteries they will need to be replaced, and are extremely expensive, long term you don’t save on fuel with hybrid when factoring in the replacement cost of new batteries, the 10,000 dollar sale price above a non hybrid needs also to be considered,  from this the cost of the batteries accounts for 6000 to 7000 of the price, so again it is cheaper to run a diesel. The other problem will come in a few years once you need to start recycling the used batteries on mass what do you do the the chemical cocktail of the batteries.The fact that my revs never exceed 3000 rpm show that the torque range for the engine is delivered much earlier by the engine requiring much less fuel to produce the same result then a petrol engine, the fact that the diesel acts as a lubricant will protect the cylinder head far longer then petrol, thus 1 million km for diesel motors is common but not for petrol engines without a head rebuilding and new gaskets ever 200,000 km, also the cost of plugs and leads and tuning every 10,000 km. So why do you believe that a hybrid is cheaper to run when the fuel consumption for a hybrid is only 1 to 2 liter better then diesel per hundred kilometers but the overall cost are higher and the electric motor will also need maintenance like any other moving part adding to running cost. Hybrid is a improvement for petrol engines but not better then diesel or the environment, but it is the best solution we have without hydrogen fueled cars.

  • Jim

    - Batteries are not the only automotive component to be shipped over the ocean. Where do you think the rubber to makes tires come from? Automotive parts for every vehicle are shipped globally, bit just batteries.

    – The hybrid batteries in Toyota and Lexus vehicles are designed to last the life cycle of the vehicle. Over 99% of the hybrids manufactured and sold by Toyota still have their original batteries. And that 1% takes into account batteries that have been replaced due to an accident / flooding.

    – Replacement cost for a prius battery 8 years ago was over $6,000. Today its $3,000. They are warrantied for 8 years. So 8 years from now, that price could go down even further. Statiscally, you are more likely to replace a door handle then you are a hybrid battery. How many door handles have you replaced in your life?

    – Toyota and Lexus hybrids use nickel in their batteries. Nickel is a highly recycable metal. Over 90% of the batteries are recycled. And they do not contain any heavy metals like Cadmium or lead.  

    – What does a diesel do with the enegry it creates when it brakes or slows down? It wastes it by converting kinetic enegry into heat. That heat then escapes out of the wheel wells into the atmosphere were it is lost. Hybrids have something called “Regenerative braking” that recpatures and recycles that energry for later use.

    – Did you know that Toyota and Lexus hybrids are capable of capturing surplus energy from the gasoline engine? They are capable of splitting power and sending a percentage to the wheels to move the vehicle, and the excess can be sent to the battery? Does a diesel do that?

    – So its common for a diesel to hit 1,000,000 km without any rebuilding? It has been done but I would use the word “common”. Sure they get high km’s but that is because they are built with higher tolerances to deal with the higher compression ratios. And because they run lower rpm’s than a gasoline engine. But how many rpm’s are the gas engine running when it is turned off? Depending on the type of driving you do, the gas engine can be turned off for 40 – 50% of its life cycle.

    – Here is a fact for you: Did you know that it takes more oil to produce a litre of diesel than it does to produce a litre of gasoline?

  • Whatthebrett

    Jim what I first said was with the combination of diesel and hybrid would create the best combination car and this is what Lexus should consider, I think the logic behind kinetic energy regeneration is a step in the right direction, regardless to what format of engine it is applied to. But I must say that the most effect step at this point would be better ignition of the fuel in the chamber, even a small percentage increase would out way the benefits of hybrid, and whilst petrol engines are ever closing the gap to diesel engines that gap still remaining around 14 % of fuel combusted in the cylinder, so at this point in time diesel would make the best partner with hybrid. If as you have stated there has been a 50 % decrease in battery manufacture cost this still hasn’t been seen in the ticket price of a new hybrid, it still remains 10,000 more then the standard variant. The problem of recycling on mass has not yet arrived but it will soon and I am sure the governments of the world will tax that like every thing else.

  • Thomas

    What 220 HP diesels are you comparing the IS 300h with? Or are you – as I assume – comparing it to Audi diesels with about 120 HP?

  • Jim

    First I would say that I am impressed just how quiet the new modern diesels from Benz, especially when they idling. And I agree that a diesel hybrid would be a very efficient torque monster! But at this point they are too costly to produce. Even VW won’t connect a diesel to their new Jetta Hybrid because of cost.

    Lets take a quick look at cost. Where I am from, a Hybrid ES 300h is $4,400 more than its gas only version. Plus it comes with more standard features to help justify the price gap.

    + 7 inch display screen
    + Lexus display controller (similar to remote touch)
    + XM Radio
    + Driver seat memory
    + Woodgrain Trim
    + Rear lip spoiler
    + Power tilt + tele steering wheel

    Now lets factor in mainteance costs.

    * Lexus hybrids have no alternator or starter motor
    * They have timing chains
    * Beltless engines – electric water pump, no accesory belts to replace
    * Because of regen braking, the life of your brake components are extended. It is not uncommon to go 150,000 +  without having to change the brake pads

    Now lets factor in fuel consumption.

    ES 350 is rated at 8.3 L/100 km combined

    ES 300h is rated at 4.8 L/100 km combined

    Aside from a slightly smaller trunk, it is clear to see that the hybrid is the best option for the majority of people

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaJMathews Josh Mathews

    S+ only on the 350? something doesn’t sound right here, but if its the official press release I guess I’ll just have to get the 350. Good job Lexus, enough to make me give up my 2011 IS250C with manual transmission and 20k in F-Sport accessories…

  • Becky

    Does anyone know the price of the 2014 lexus is 250…f sport? I like the sport rims and r they available only in the f sport package?

  • MeluvyaLungtym

    No AC seats?! Don’t the idiots at Lexus design realize how incredibly
    hot it gets in TX and other southern states? I guess they don’t need my
    money.. =(