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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.!)

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    Eljay
  • November 29, 2010
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!
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    Wunko
  • November 29, 2010
Good thing this is just a photochop. I bet the actual 3IS will look a lot better.
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@Wunko: yeah From what I've heard, the 4GS and 3IS are supposed to be amazing. This is just... yawnnnnnn
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    iCyCo
  • November 29, 2010
This would probably work as some kind of sporty Corolla but as a Lexus, NO
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    BOSS
  • November 29, 2010
Sales will drop if it looks like this,good ol rumors.8-)
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    RDS
  • November 29, 2010
Please DON'T be like that , Lexus IS is very nice looking car !
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    Thomas
  • November 29, 2010
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-)
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  • November 29, 2010
As one of the guys at our forum replied: http://www.lexusforum.nl/forum/download/file.php?id=104&mode=view
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    Nataraj
  • November 29, 2010
Yeah... it is what it is ... a rumor. I don't believe the 3IS will look even remotely like that!
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    SS
  • November 29, 2010
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.
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    Tim
  • November 29, 2010
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?:-)
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    Pete
  • November 29, 2010
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.
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    Travis
  • November 30, 2010
The car in the pic has nothing to do with the IS... it doesnt looks anything like a IS
Hube wrote:As one of the guys at our forum replied:
http://www.lexusforum.nl/forum/download/file.php?id=104&mode=view
Hilarious.
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.
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. :-)
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. :-)
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    LEXUSBOY
  • November 30, 2010
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.
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    Mark
  • November 30, 2010
Looks good but not for a LEXUS. They should just make thant car into the next generation TOYOTA CAMRY.
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-)
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    FreeSpirit
  • December 2, 2010
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
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. :-)
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    LEXUSBOY
  • December 4, 2010
ES deleted ?! No Way, its Lexus' cash cow after all :-D
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@LEXUSBOY: Welcome back, LEXUSBOY!
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    FreeSpirit
  • January 8, 2011
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
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    Hamereas
  • March 17, 2012
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.

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