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It helps to have an excellent eye for detail when trying to find the updated features on a Lexus IS. A facelifted IS caught in China, said to be taking the model through 2012, will get LED running lights in the headlight clusters, redesigned fog lights and taillights, revised chrome trim for the steering wheel and glovebox and a tweaked wheel design. Right now Lexus is paying attention to the LFA and the new GS coming in 2011, so if you were hoping for more from the small sedan, mark your calendars for two years from now.

[Source: XCar (translated) via Lexus Enthusiast]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Daytime running LEDs on anything but an Audi is a shameless ripoff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aston Martin had it in 2005 on the Vantage, a year before the R8. So, is Audi ripping them off?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The IS-F is a ugly car. Should have just taken the normal good looking IS and gave it the performance of the F.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, I was reading down the comments, and I noticed "shocking" and "Lexus" in the same sentence. The only thing that I would find shocking about a Lexus would be if I saw someone driving it under 55.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the eye bolt on the front bumper is standard equipment????
      • 4 Years Ago
      A couple more inches of wheelbase to provide some rear seat footroom would be awfully nice. As it is, it's a real struggle to get an adult foot through that door, then tucked under the front seat. Impossible if the seat's lowered, difficult if raised. Leg cramp? You're screwed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the eye bolt on the front bumper is standard equipment????
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a stupid question...

      If couple of the diodes/bulbs in the LED running light gives out, are they going to fail you at the vehicle inspection at DMV?
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh. one of the most overrated car on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of every automotive technology that is available to every car maker today wether it be seat belts, ABS, stability control, airbags, quad cam engines, variable valve timing, EFI, direct injection and may the list endlessly continue - there was a first of each from someone which means every other company which opted it there-after has copied and that is regardless if it Lexus, BMW, Benz, Audi, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Mazda and so forth. I believe Ford was the first car company to build the V8 engine - everybody else from there-forth has copied as with the first introduction of 4 cyl, straight 6, V6, V10, V12 etc, etc, etc.

      So ... what is the arguement.

      I believe many car companies today are trying to adopt Toyota's KAIZEN practice ??

      Shall i continue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who was the first person / company to invent the TV ... everybody there-after has copied.

      Who was the first person / company to make a mobile phone ... everybody there-after has copied.

      Who was the first person / company to make a microwave oven ... everybody there-after has copied.

      Who was the first person / company to think of sticky tape ... every body there-after has copied.

      Fairdinkum - get over it idiots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never really understood why Lexus is so popular. If you're going to buy a luxury car, why buy something so bland? I'd rather buy a Volvo, which isn't saying much. (No offense to Volvo. You make very thoughtful, unpretentious cars.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      More and better pics here..


      Its looks awesome the Lexus IS is one of the best looking sedans on the round.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I have a smallish sport sedan. I know.

        And Subaru RUINED IT by growing it.

        But I couldn't consider the IS, NOR the pre-09 Audi A4. With the front seats pushed back to the point where I could sit in the driver's seat, the IS and A4 both touched the seatback with the rear seat cushion. The IS was also claustrophobic even in the front part of the cabin.

        That is too small for a sedan. The 2005-2009 Legacy can still fit someone's knees in the rear seat, and the front of the cabin is as comfortable as long as the road trip takes.

        The A4 has gotten bigger, and done well. The IS has not. The Legacy has been ruined by being made bigger. The BMW 3 series is not as cramped in the back seat of the sedan, and the 3 series coupe has no Lexus competition, which an IS as a 2+2 coupe, could be.

        If the rear-seats are useless most of the time, the side doors may as well be long enough to be comfortable for the front passengers to get in and out of, as a coupe, and dispense with the token rear doors. A child small enough to ride in an IS sedan's back seat, can ride in the back seat of a 2+2 coupe. I did for quite a lot of my child-hood. We didn't have anything bigger than a mid-size coupe until I was out of Junior High, and even those coupes had rear leg room behind my 6'4" dad's driver's seat, all the way at the back of the seat track.

        If the car is going to be big enough for the front and rear passengers of a sedan... it would be the same size as the GS, not the IS.

        GS can do everything and more that the IS sedan currently does. Lexus has no 2+2 coupe, and the IS platform is the right size for that, and too small to take seriously for 4 full-size passengers. ES, GS, and LS all are big enough to be sedans. IS could afford to be a 2+2 coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Sugaki

        Im not sure if you noticed.....but the new ES has those same exact LED strip running across its headlights also and so the new LS...the IS sedan and the rest are sure to follow that.

        Every auto marker are making LED strips now and are incorporating it into there cars so your little comment about Lexus copying Audi its not true. I used to think Merc was copying Audi with the LED strips....but everyone is doing it so no one is really copying the other.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The LED strip on the bottom is very derivative of the Audi (hardly surprising coming from Lexus), but the minor changes do make the car look a bit more appealing and less bland.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BF: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. There's 7 in there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, I should have made my 5-year bit point clearer... it isn't a guarantee that the cycle will only be 6-7 years. A 5-year re-fresh, could signify a future delay.

        Who knows if this mildest of re-freshes, 5-years on, won't extend the cycle by more than just 1 or 2 more years after now.

        Seems quite wasteful to freshen a car, just for one more year, or even two, after 5 years without a re-fresh before now. And look how long it has taken to re-fresh the GS... Long in the tooth is an under-statement.

        It wouldn't surprise me if we hear in the next 2 years that the IS replacement gets delayed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BF: "The BMW 3 series is not as cramped in the back seat of the sedan"

        You must be short. In my 3 with the driver's seat appropriate for me (6'3) NO ONE can sit behind me. There is just 2 inches separated the rear drivers seat back and rear seat cushion. And the seat still has travel towards the rear. When I have the occasional car full of people I will put my seat further forward (it's not as comfortable). Those are RARE occasions. I'm not a chauffeur.

        IMHO the 3-series is just the right size for a single person or even a couple.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cry me a river, guys. LEDs are used as DRLs because they have high light output with low energy consumption. It only makes sense that they're going to be incorporated into different cars eventually.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, why mess with beauty?

        That being said, the current car came out in 2005 as an 06... seven years is a LONG time for a Lexus/Toyota cycle, especially considering there've been no powertrain upgrades.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lexus needs a new design team. They should be ashamed of copying Audi's LED strip to the point of being almost identical to the A5/S5. They could have easily made a design that is their own in the same way a BMW is easily recognizable from an oncoming Audi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well I think that while Audi does get some credit for starting the LED strip trend you can't really just claim that every automaker who adds LED strips are just being copycats. Because by that same logic the Audi are also a bunch of copycats because their LED projector headlights came out after Lexus put them on the LS600h. LED daytime running light strips are basically just another feature now.
        Personally I think they look too much like glittery mascara for cars but like everything else I'm sure eventually even cheaper cars will have them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Every auto marker are making LED strips now and are incorporating it into there cars so your little comment about Lexus copying Audi its not true."

        No... it just means every auto maker is copying Audi. The number of people copying doesn't change the fact that they're copying. "Every" automaker is making LED strips in their headlights after Audi did it, so they're copying. It ain't rocket science.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ BoxerFanatic

        Im getting really tired of people complain about the rear sits being tight... 1) The person buying this in the first place is looking for a small sedan. 2) I doubt anyone with a big family is going to buy a IS. 3) Just being able to have extra space and seats back there is never a bad thing it either being tight or not. Its much better to have the extra space rather then yo take away the sedan as your suggesting. That would only hurt IS sales...the IS was a sedan before anything else....hell the IS300 my friend owns rear seat are tight haha guess its a IS trademark.

        And wasteful to refresh I dont see how? Its better to leave a car as updated as possible before moving on to its successor...this can also help its resale value up over time.

        YES WE ALL KNOW the the refresh for the GS and IS sedan are taking a while...everyone has established that but what can you do but wait ? Plus this give Lexus time to see whats going on with the competitions new arrivals.

        "Let the RWD sport sedan reside in the GS, that is big enough to actually be a sedan."

        Thats not really a smart thing to say is it? So I guess the BMW should retire the M3 and let the M5 do all the talking ? Or Merc get rid of the C63 and just sell the E63 ?
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