• Sep 30, 2010
2010 Lexus IS 350C F-Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Lexus GS is set to get a comprehensive redesign sometime next year, including thoroughly upgraded underpinnings that will for the basis of Lexus' next generation 5 Series fighter. Like the current GS platform, the new architecture will form the basis of the next IS, which in its current form is essentially a shortened and squished GS.

With that in mind, the next generation IS will follow shortly thereafter – likely sometime in 2012 – and in addition to the current sedan and convertible, Lexus could finally add an IS coupe to its lineup. Lexus recognizes that it hasn't had a credible player in that market for far too long, and with the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe around the corner and the two-door BMW 3 Series holding its own, the obvious question is why hasn't Lexus done it sooner?

According to our sources, it was easier for Toyota to make a business case for the IS cabrio, particularly given the SC430's imminent demise and Lexus' need for a drop-top offering to fill the hole. If the coupe does come to fruition – and we've been told in no uncertain terms that it's in the cards – expect the two-door IS to bow sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. And it's safe to assume an F version will arrive with in year of the coupe's debut.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      In a word...fugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the way my IS350 looks, but the convertable is ugly..I think it looks even worse in person. The whole rear end is a mess. I really don't think an IS coupe will be able to compete with the looks of the G37 coupe, but the 4 door is the best looking entry Luxury Sedan in the market at the moment.

      An IS-F Coupe is great on paper, but would probably just look more akward than the sedan.

      Toyota needs to take the boosted v6's they are giving Lotus and cram them into a 6 speed manual version of a NEW IS Coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they take the few good points of the LF-A, the roofline, and the premise of the back end...

        And graft that onto an IS chassis and front bodywork, with the convertible's long coupe-like doors.

        They could make something attractive. Especially if they finish it more like the LF-A concept cars, not as rough of fit and finish that the LF-A production car seems to have. tight, flush seams, and smooth surfaces...

        With a dignified body, and a healthy 3.5 I6, and 5.0 V8 engine option choices... they could be doing quite well, if they do it right.

        Maybe their buddy Lotus can tune the suspension.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow.... put this article on the big deal list... Who would want one of these?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i love the is convertible and think it looks many times better than the but ass ugly sc430! the sc had a huge rear end yet had no real trunk space... the is convertible is not only better in that department, but also in the horsepower department as well with up to 306 horses versus the sc's 288, the is convertible is better! the sound system isnt as powerfull as i would like, but i guess 270-watts is better than nothing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dull, mushy, old. The 3 words that describes Lexus imo. They lack emotion in 99% of their offerings. The LFA makes the other 1%
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually Rob your comment is a joke....
        • 4 Years Ago
        So i guess you've driven the M3, IS-F and C63 AMG? I own an M3 and made my decision after driving the IS-F and M3 back to back. IS-F doesn't compare at all. Stop watching Top Gear, it's making you stupid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am almost prepared to bet that the IS coupe will break before the FT-86 Toyota and Subaru coupes do, if the FT86 project ever comes to fruition.

      But I don't gamble...

      I have said for a while now that the IS should be a coupe, while GS is the RWD sedan.

      The interior volume wouldn't change much, except maybe rear-seat headroom, which isn't exactly abundant anyway.

      A sleeker LF-A like roofline on an otherwise clean IS body, at a reasonably affordable price, with 250, 350, and 500 engines offered... (and PLEASE a proper clutch-based gearbox, without extraneous ratios... even if it is a dual-clutch automated gearbox, in leu of a manual.)

      Maybe as Infiniti grenades their design language, Lexus might actually get better than it is.

      But I'm not holding my breath.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope that Lexus really steps up in the next IS and GS product lines.

      Seems like to me as good as they are, that both the IS and GS are still not legitimate competitors to their BMW, Mercedes and Audi competition.

      I was in the market earlier this year, and never even thought of a Lexus product, yet drove all the German makes and even Infiniti.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bout 'friggin time.

      What the hell were they thinking with only making a 4 door? a car that short does not look good as a 4 door... period.

      Update your engines, Lexus, and you will have a true 3 series fighter. Why have you waited so long? Oh yeah.. and don't forget the manual transmission!
      • 4 Years Ago
      ... I just saw one driving top down on my way to work today! I figured it was out already, as Saskatchewan, Canada would be an odd place for them to test something like this out... Unless they are already in Canada and this is just a US thing..?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ew...the new IS coupe looks like a lexified Scion TC. Would much rather have an Infiniti G37.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have complete confidence that Lexus will botch any attempt at a two door. Fact is, Toyota and Lexus are too obsessed with old-man sedans and monstrous trucks and innumerable models of SUVs. The skill to make a simple attractive coupe is nearly two decades gone from Toyota/Lexus. They will come out, once again, with another land yacht that has huge slab sided fenders, six feet of overhang on each end, and gun slit windows in a disproportionately tiny green house with low roof. Sorry if I spoiled the surprise for anyone.


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