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We’ve got to give it to Elon, he really managed to put an entire industry in hyperdrive to BEV’s!Daimler halted development of all future ICEs and will only focus on electric power. No more update to future Mercedes engines. They realized they are woefully underprepared for the electric revolution. Unfortunately for them switching to full electric right now is a path to disaster and a competitive hybrid needs a super efficient ICE which they don't have.
The hard truth is that TM3 is eating mid-size sedans for breakfast and the IS will be DOA if it doesn't launch with a competitive full-electric model.
So, only for MY2021 a new IS in the best case cenario?Looks like the 2020 IS is showing on Lexus.com. Anybody with info on what's different between 2019 and 2020? The info on the website is so curated and controlled that it's really hard to tell what changed. I know the powertrain is still the same though.
Almost every car maker now talks about getting many of their BEVs out by 2025. Even existing battery makers such as CATL is predicting lots of progress on current Li-on technology:@internalaudit , I want to believe it’s possible due to CHR has been announced as a BEV and it’s built on ‘normal’ TNGA’ and we even have a very good indication as the UX being the first Lexus BEV and it’s also ‘normal’ TNGA...
What we can see it’s how big of a deal the next couple of years will be for Toyota and specially Lexus due to several Model changes.
Infiniti pulled something similar, the first model years of the Q50 still used the VQ37VHR engine, then they switched to the 3.0TTV6 for the 2016 MY.There are no trademark filings for the next generation IS, so does this mean that like the case with the ES 350 and ES 300H that IS 350, IS 300, and IS 300h carryover with no power train changes for TNGA?
Nearly all new vehicles from Lexus that change Powertrain required trademark filings by Toyota attorneys 2 to 3 years beforehand. We are in late 2019 so by now they should have done that. I know now that the car is definitely not going to be a 2023 or 2024 model. According to a trusted member of this website at least for the United States it is one year away.
In the case of the 6th generation ES you had trademarks filed in December 2010 21 months ahead of launch. For the current generation, ES 250 was filed recently in July. That could easily be for a model year 2021 introduction, yet nada for IS.
True but at this point this should not be happening. The 2GR FKS needs to be replaced in such a vehicle and a better Dynamic Force 4 cylinder needs to replace the A25A immediately. Nissan at least maintained that engine for only 7 years and updated it from the original VQ35 before that (w/gradual increases). The 2GR has only increased 5 hp since 2005, 14 years ago!Infiniti pulled something similar, the first model years of the Q50 still used the VQ37VHR engine, then they switched to the 3.0TTV6 for the 2016 MY.