• Feb 26, 2008

It may be hard to tell from the picture, but what you're looking at, according to our sources, is a test mule for a Lexus IS convertible. Information accompanying the spy shot suggests that the car is destined for production by the end of 2009 and will feature the full range of engines available in the Lexus IS sedan, from the 177-hp European diesel 220d to the 423-hp IS-F (!).

If the information is correct, the IS cabrio would be the first body style derivative of the Lexus sports sedan since the previous generation model spawned the SportCross wagon, and would slot in the Lexus line-up under the SC 430 convertible and, if built, the LF-A Roadster. However, as one forum member pointed out, by 2009 the IS sedan would be entering its fifth year of production and itself be due for replacement soon thereafter. Thanks for the tip, Kevin!

[Source: Club Lexus via The Passionate Pursuit]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks all googly-eyed in the back...
      • 6 Years Ago
      By 2009 the Lexus IS will be entering it's fourth, not fifth, model year. In addition, lets not forget that Lexus vehicles typically have long shelf-lives. The previous Lexus IS was on sale for seven years (although it had a delayed introduction in the U.S.).
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 2nd gen IS is still one of the cleanest-yet-sexy designs on the road today. And Toyota is showing it's ability to design well. The GS, FJ-Cruiser, even the new Camry which is derivative, but in SE form better proportioned than the ridiculous new Accord. And the upcomign Venza and the Matrix are quite good looking too. Again, they are both derivative of Mazda designs to a certain extent but atleast they are more cohesive than Honda is today.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should do a coupe with a manual tranny. That should tide us over till they bring back a proper Supra.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Coupe IS-F, that is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the bigger news is that they're going to make a 2 door model of the IS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another design failure from Lexus. Shame to even think that such plain no-frills no-imagination design (at the best, quite ugly and Chinese-style copying most other times) can be put against Audi, BMW and MB.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except Mercedes used those round dual headlights since before Lexus existed as a brand, so did Jag and many others.

        At early stages Lexus was simply ugly, they they took a Chinese approach and made Mercedes and BMW clones (LS, IS and SC), and after they came up with a great idea of L-Finesse, which is as exiting as Hyundai Sonata.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please take a look at the GS and compare it to the 5-serie and E-class. The GS looks ten times more exciting.

        And about the copying where did the E-class get its round head lights from? 1991 lexus SC.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not a big fan of Lexus, but the IS is anything but a design failure. I think your (understandable) hate of the brand has clouded your view.
      jj
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will probably sell well. After all, it IS a lexus.

      Since Corolla=IS, where's the Corolla convertible to replace the Solara?
      • 6 Years Ago
      2 door IS = Supra?
        • 6 Years Ago
        wishful thinking for a supra to return, not wishful thinking that itll platform share with the IS (even though it is a good strong platform). hopefully theyll start from scratch but not take 10 more years in the process.
      • 6 Years Ago
      About time. I own an 07 IS250 sedan and if/when a coupe comes out Im all over it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is Toyota going to drop the 4gr-fse? [2.5 V6]
      Please, let it go. That is the ugly duckling in the GR family.

      Replace it with 3gr-fse. [3.0 V6]
      Toyota used to have that engine in the GS300 just a few years ago.



      • 6 Years Ago
      Nasty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey!its lexus day at autoblog.
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