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Sneak Peek at the Next-Generation Lexus IS

Taiwan tabloid Apple Daily has published a previously-unseen cutaway image of the next-generation Lexus IS:

Next-Generation Lexus IS Cutaway Image

Most visible in the image is the front & rear suspension, however it’s possible to see some details of the IS front-end design — let’s zoom in a bit:

Lexus IS Front End Zoomed In Next-Generation

There are three elements that jump out at me:

  • The front grille looks near-identical to the LF-CC design.
  • It doesn’t appear the IS has a bumper dividing the upper & lower grille — or at least not in the same position as the camouflaged mules seen late last year.
  • The headlight and bumper design looks VERY muscular.

There’s even better news — this should be our final sneak peek at the next-generation IS sedan, as the Lexus UK blog has announced that photos will be released tomorrow afternoon.

[Source: Apple Daily] (Thanks Ricardo!)

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    Brad
  • January 8, 2013
Sounds delicious!!!
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    Boyish78
  • January 8, 2013
Hong Kong newspaper, but car looks great.
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    • January 8, 2013
    This was from the Apple Daily Taiwan branch, not from Hong Kong. Hopefully, my research is correct.
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Just like those test drive unit , the wheels looks like the one from LFA ; another thing is , would the separator of the grille actually hidden inside ? So Lexus can made the IS looks like one huge grille like no others Lexus have before ?
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    • January 8, 2013
    That's what I'm thinking -- I guess we'll know tomorrow.
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      DillonDas
    • January 8, 2013
    Whats tomorrow?! I thought they were revealing it the 15th...
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    • January 8, 2013
    Lexus will be releasing the first photos of the IS.
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      Carmaker1
    • January 9, 2013
    One Chinese site named Weibo has them.
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    Guest
  • January 8, 2013
 If you look closely at the bumper area in this picture, it appears that camouflage was applied on top of the spindle grille to resemble a bumper... http://image.motortrend.com/f/roadtests/sedans/1212_2014_lexus_is_sedan_us_spec_prototype_first_drive/42059545+w968/2014-Lexus-IS-350-F-Sport-Prototype-front-view-3.jpg
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      Brad
    • January 8, 2013
    Great observation!
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      OlFius
    • January 9, 2013
    Don't forget that there must be a place for the numberplate ?!
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      Brad
    • January 9, 2013
    We don't have that problem where I live.Kind of nice,because those front plates really mess up the lines.
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    BlackDynamiteOnline
  • January 8, 2013
I didn't expect that front bumper to run that low and be that deep.  Very aggressive! BD
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    darkride
  • January 9, 2013
Another observation is that this picture displays the double LED headlamps (which in my opinion need to be a standard for Lexus design) similar to ones offered with GS and CT. This is different than the already seen single HID headlamp seen from the pictures from the prototype testing. Which leads me to believe these will be an available option :)
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    Rsxterminator
  • January 9, 2013
saw this a month ago here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=173KS-LF0WA didnt think it was that news worthy as you dont really see much and the press have already talked about the front suspension changes...
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    Carmaker1
  • January 9, 2013
Here it is!
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      Ljn71
    • January 9, 2013
    Wow!!!
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      Brad
    • January 9, 2013
    I agree...WOW!!!...I'm in!!!
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    MarkT
  • January 9, 2013
Just saw it here too! :) http://mediacdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/413/3804/original.jpg
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      Carmaker1
    • January 9, 2013
    ??
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    BlackDynamiteOnline
  • January 9, 2013
Pretty.......intense design.  Nothing for baby boomers here.  Lexus definitely courting younger buyers. I can't say I like it.  Can't say I don't.   I like the grille!   An adult-sized rear seat and 14+ cu ft trunk are needed. Hope the dash has other colors besides black..... BD
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      Thomas
    • January 9, 2013
    Cant say you make any sense, at all...
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    AM
  • January 9, 2013
After some easy brightness and contrast adjustments to the leaked pics you can clearly see that the new IS has a bumper dividing the upper & lower grille.
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      Thomas
    • January 9, 2013
    No. You're wrong...
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    Thomas
  • January 9, 2013
Perfect, car is perfect.
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The 3rd generation looks quite good, it will be hard to decide whether to buy the BMW 4 or 2013 Lexus IS this year. What do you guys say? http://www.themotorreport.com.au/content/image/2/0/2013_bmw_4_series_coupe_concept_01_1-1206.jpg
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      Ljn71
    • January 9, 2013
    I'd definitely go for the IS,but as excited as I am about the new IS,the coupé (RC) excites me even more.
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    AstonMartin
  • January 9, 2013
Too bad Lexus is making us wait on the RC.  My purchase will happen between Spring and Mid-Summer.  Like Amer said, the 4 Series is very compelling as a coupe alternative however a sedan - the new IS fits the bill.  With the NAIAS only one week away, I look fwd to seeing both in person - the final decision will be made there.
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    Whatthebrett
  • January 9, 2013
http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/detroit-motor-show-2013/detroit-motor-show-2013-lexus Just in the pics

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