• Oct 6, 2010
Next-generation Lexus IS spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Much like the larger GS sedan that we recently spied, Lexus is apparently working on a substantial overhaul for its smaller rear-drive IS, as well.

Though still in early test mule stages, the next IS is expected to ride on a shorter version of the GS platform, which could give it a slightly wider stance than the car currently on the road. Expect the usual sedan and convertible variants to be on hand, as well as a forthcoming IS coupe set to battle the BMW 3 Series and upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-class two-door.

The reworked IS sedan will likely bow sometime in 2012 and the coupe is pegged to arrive shortly thereafter with the usual V6 powertrains as well as an eventual high-performance F variant in at least one bodystyle. The only question we have is, will a force-fed four powerplant also join the party?

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a Euro spec IS 220D .... awful, awful car... and to those who say it's not a Toyota but i'm sorry I had to replace one of the HID bulbs in this horrid car, had to take the passenger wheel, remove the tyre arch lining, pull the bumper off and rip apart the wing, EVERYTHING is branded TOYOTA or DENSO hell even the plate that has the Vin says Toyota Motor Company.

      These cars are woeful in their build and reliability, give me my BMW 3-er over that POS any day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only question we have is, will a force-fed four powerplant also join the party?

      Actually, the question is "will they have a manual?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        True. Considering how rare current IS's are with a stick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know it is just a mule, but I really like the white car with the black lip body-kit.

      • 4 Years Ago
      YES !

      I cant wait to see the New IS and GS sedans from Lexus. This New model IS means new model IS-F.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol i wonder how many people dont know that a lexus is a toyota
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who cares? Should people avoid Lincolns because they're Fords or Cadillacs because they're made by the same company that makes Chevys or Audis because they're made by VW? That's just plain stupid, *ALL* the major luxury nameplates are from companies that also make cheaper cars. BMW sells Minis and Mercedes Benz not only sells those Smart cars but they also sell lower end Mercedes Benz models outside of the U.S.
        Connor Murphy
        • 2 Years Ago
        Says the poor kid who's never driven a Lexus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Lexus ISNT a Toyota. Toyota is the mother brand.

        Lexus and Toyota cars are two different kind of cars.. 97 % of Lexus n Toyota cars have nothing in common. Cant say the same Honda/Acura and Nissan/Infiniti. .

      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they improve the ride and reduce road noise. a twin turbo 6 wold be nice too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More space ?

        Then get a different car. Keep the IS the way it is.. I like it n I like the fact the rear seat are tight.. became a trait of the IS lol
        • 4 Years Ago

        Yeah but the current IS sedan is tiny with a backseat smaller than many coupes, pretty much negating the practicality of having a sedan. If they can increase interior room without increasing exterior size than that would be fine too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        RE: Analog Dan

        "They could remove two doors and call it a Supra. A Lexus Supra.

        A Lupra. "

        And put little fangs on it and call it a Lupracabra.

        Seriously, I did like the IS lineup even with the small backseat and I really hope the new IS line has a better 6MT. The outgoing model had bad issues with the heavy flywheel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope they add some front headroom and rear legroom, the current sedan is just too small.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All the other cars in this segment have a backseat that can actually fit people, if they keep it as small as it is I most definitely will get another car. If I wanted a car with a useless backseat I would go for a coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I hope they improve the ride and reduce road noise. a twin turbo 6 wold be nice too."

        Might as well buy a BMW.... :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The rear seat is laughably small. This coming from a person who find the Miata and the Elise perfectly fine in terms of room. The IS's rear leg-room is just so much smaller than the 3's. The only saving grace for the IS right now is the price is cheaper than the 335i.

        If they make the car even smaller than before, they might as well just make it a coupe only model. Those rear seats in the convertible are already next to useless as is anyway.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Finally, at least some of the imports are going with wider tires and tracks like that of the Germans. That's always been my pet peeve, look at any Asian import from behind and they all ride on ridiculously narrow wheels, then look at any German and their tires are 8"-9/12" wide with flared wheel arches and wide stances. Infinitis and Acruas are riding on very narrow wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Pontiac G-6 after being vandalized
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