I don't know what to think -- in some photos, the update looks good, and then in others...:expressionless:
Always thought the standard IS looked better than the F SPORT version, and I still do. But really though, who buys sedans anymore? :joy:
(P.S. I'm waiting to hear from @Joaquin Ruhi
, who I know was at the Miami show.)
I have to admit that, during the Saturday morning press conference, I was far more focused on the LC (which I'd never seen in the metal) than on the IS facelift. Last night, however, I went back to the show and focused more on the 2017 IS.
Frankly, I've never been a fan of the 3rd-gen IS's styling. In 2014, when the lease on my 2011 IS 350 F Sport was up, I had the choice of leasing a 2014 3rd-gen IS or buying the "old" 2011. While recognizing the 3rd-gen IS's advantages in a number of areas (nicer interior, roomier back seat and trunk, quieter highway cruising), it was, to me, a no-brainer to buy the 2011 2nd-gen IS instead. It just suits my tastes and personality better.
Like many of you, I don't quite know what to think of the 2017 facelift, either, and that's after seeing it in person! The front end is, overall, no better or no worse, just different for different's sake (and ugly in either iteration). I'd always hoped against hope that, for the mid-life facelift, Lexus would tone down the hood cutline / headlights / Nike swoosh DRL mishmash into something more akin to the 2nd-gen IS (such as what Theophilus Chin rendered back in 2013: https://lexusenthusiast.com/2013/09/03/photochop-new-lexus-is-with-old-headlights/
). Alas, the 3 elements now seem to be more randomly thrown together and unrelated to each other than ever.
Judging by the pictures (since it wasn't present at the show), one area in which the facelift appears to have been an improvement is in the non-F Sport grille, which is now seemingly all horizontal bars, as opposed to the previous mix of horizontal bars and honeycomb pattern which struck me like wearing a striped polo shirt with plaid shorts.
At the rear, again, it's mostly different for different's sake. I do think that the "diffuser" portion between the exhaust pipes looks tidier in the new one.
I took a few cameraphone shots that appear on Instagram
via the Kaizen Factor Twitter