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Video Preview of the Next-Generation Lexus IS from Australian Drive

Here’s a video of the next-generation Lexus IS prototype from Australian publication Drive:

When talking about the engines, the presenter suggests that the IS will be getting new engines — that’s not true at all.

However, this review does have the first look at the rear seats (click for a larger image):

Next-Generation Lexus IS Rear Seats

The padded shape of the seat design is really appealing — great decision by the designers.

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    Brad
  • December 12, 2012
Wasn't sure if I liked the look of the rear seats at first in the still shot....but I appreciated them more when viewing them in the video from a few slightly different angles....
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    enthusiast88
  • December 12, 2012
Looks like cabernet is coming to the IS...I'm in!
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      Ljn71
    • December 12, 2012
    I love that interior colour!
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    enthusiast88
  • December 12, 2012
If you look closely in the video the perferations in the front seats are "L"s in them. Pretty cool touch.
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    Mohammed Taha
  • December 12, 2012
Even though he's probably wrong I hope he's right. The GS needs something for next year's model so why not a new engine for both?
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1. That's a pretty sizable rear window for a modern sporty car. 2. Is that a latch by the headrest to pull down the rear seats to extend the trunk space?
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      darkride
    • December 12, 2012
    I think you are on to something. It does look very similar to the latch found in the CT.
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      Dunraven77
    • December 12, 2012
    The new IS is getting split fold seats as standard equipment.
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    Whatthebrett
  • December 12, 2012
The 3.5 version isn't in Australia, therefor it is a new engine to Australian's, mystery solved.
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      Wooski
    • December 12, 2012
    Oddly the 2.5ltr hybrid is new (well a development of the Camry/ES300h setup) but he didnt mention that.
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      StevenFromDownUnder
    • December 12, 2012
    Um, no the 3.5 is available in Australia. It wasn't available initially, but was launched just over 2 years ago. I attended a dealer launch. Mystery remains.
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    Chris
  • December 12, 2012
Rear seat will be able to fold down tomincrease cargo capacity and move large objects, just like it should. I already read it somewhere, no mystery here.
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    dhgjatg
  • December 12, 2012
Are those 18 or 19" wheels?
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      Wooski
    • December 12, 2012
    18"
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      Mohammed Taha
    • December 12, 2012
    I doubt that those are 18", they look more like 17" wheels just from the gap and the size; they look small. I hope the 18" is standard and 19" for the F-Sport.
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      dhgjatg
    • December 13, 2012
    Nah, standard wheels on IS350 is 18", you have to believe the F Sport will be atleast 18" or optional 19".
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    Wunko
  • December 12, 2012
I like the wheels! My favorite of the newer Lexus vehicles' wheel designs.
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      dhgjatg
    • December 12, 2012
    They look like down-sized LFA wheels.
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    ShiroTenshin
  • December 12, 2012
its actually the same as the old IS-250/IS-350 F-Sport Standard wheels 
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      Brendan
    • December 12, 2012
    They are different. The F-Sport wheel spokes you pictured are "twisted" slightly. The wheels on the new cars are symmetrical and do not "twist". 
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      darkride
    • December 12, 2012
    They are made too resemble the LFA wheels.
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    F1orce
  • December 13, 2012
I'm waiting for the official unveiling.......
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Looks fun to Drive ! 

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