Shamiz, our source for Japanese magazine rumors, has come through again with these Best Car renderings of four possible next-generation IS variants:
With the exception of the IS wagon (which is just hideous), these photochops have some mixture of good and bad elements, with the bad mostly winning out — every single rendering has an awkward C-pillar and an oddly exaggerated front face. That said, I do think the new spindle grille will fit the IS range well, and I look forward to seeing something a little closer to the real thing than these mockups.
Even the included spec sheet has its share of ugly:
Leaving the IS F engine untouched is one thing, but Lexus putting out a IS 350h with a four-cylinder engine producing only 160 PS/158 HP? Even with the added electic motor boost, I just don’t see it — at least with the 350h designation.
Regardless of ridiculousness, here are all four pages in high resolution for your enjoyment:
Update: Edited for clarity.