For a car that still hasn't donned its new body yet, not even under copious camouflage, there's been chatter about the 2014 Lexus IS for an awful long time. We saw the first mule 18 months ago, and it was about that time that intel predicted Lexus' next-generation small sport sedan would run on a four-door version of the Scion FT-86 chassis and be followed by a coupe.

The snappers at CarPix caught a modern mule out on test, the only change so far from 2010 being the panels obscuring the front intakes and a roll of packing tape applied to some panel gaps. The car we eventually see will continue the sportification of the Lexus brand in both appearance and capability. As well, the IS-F begat by this IS, having been planned for and developed from the beginning, should really show us what an M3-fighting Lexus can do.


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      Radwon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this new car and receive the keys. Love the current IS and can't believe they got away with it for this long but I guess why fix something that ain't broken. It's a great little car. Lexus really has a hard job ahead of them trying to top it AND the new 3 Series.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      dam i feel sorry for the next IS-F and M3 /C63 amg cause the 2014 infiniti G -sedan IPL sounds serious with a new 3.7 V6 and 530hp but i like all that i just mentioned and more of that class
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      In before some idiot says the mule looks exactly like the old IS. Whatever, the IS desperately needs a FMC. It has been on the market, essentially unchanged since mid-late 2005.
      Latinthx
      • 2 Years Ago
      its about time - these guys forgot what a refresh or a redesign was on any of their cars - mean while Audi - BMW - Cadillacs - Mercedes of the worlds are eating their lunch.
        CruzControl
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Latinthx
        The IS has been refreshed twice. Once in 2009, the front bumper was redesigned, as well as the rear tail light treatment. In 2011, Lexus added l.e.d. lights to the front head lamps. What you should be shocked to know is that even after small mild refreshes, the IS is still competitive, and in some cases even better than its redesigned competitors (C250 and A4) I'm talking about you.
          David J. Bernstein
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CruzControl
          IS250 more competitive than the refreshed C250 and A4? Are you kidding me? The IS250 is sluggish and thirsty for what it is. The refreshed A4 and C250 are dynamically better, more spacious and far more appealing in many ways. The only thing the IS250 is competitive with against these cars is most likely value for money.
          miketim1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CruzControl
          IS250 F-Sport will out handle the merc and A4.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Latinthx
        For a while I was also thinking maybe Lexus forgot about their little IS250. It needs a refresh badly.
      pasigiri
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next-gen IS-F please. Minus the bulge at the front of the hood of the current gen.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      If a 4-door more lux-kit version of the FR-S/86 is the next IS I might just switch back to Toyota Motor. It's gotta beat the handling and feel of my E90 though.
      CruzControl
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really cannot wait until the new IS debuts. It seems like its main competitors have all redesigned their entry level cars. C'mon Lexus, what's the hold up?
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of hope here.. Lets see if Toyota can deliver..
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see this !
      Temple
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the next IS is a four-door version of the FR-S/BRZ, it will be an instant win. It would be something no other car maker has in their lineup and a great way to differentiate itself from the competition. Meaning a sub-3,000lb RWD four-door with a boxer engine and low-centre of gravity. But I'm wondering if it'll retain the boxer engine. It would be cool if they could work with Subaru on making a new direct-injected Flat-6 engine, but a turbo charged flat-4 would still provide enough power. But Toyota did recently show a GT86 with the 5L V8 from the IS-F, so a boxer engine isn't definite.
        cinoiem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Temple
        I think Lexus will keep the V6 for smooth and luxurious feel. That's said, it will be a highly modified 86's chassis to fit V6 and 4 door body if it's based off 86's chassis at all. I think it's going to be close to 3200lb than sub 3000lb. Either way, it's a win for Lexus. IS-F should be a tuned version of the current engine to output a few tens more ponies.
          Temple
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cinoiem
          I would hope that the IS250-replacement at least sticks with a boxer engine; particulary for the European and Japanese markets where small displacement version is necessary due to taxation reasons. A flat-6 can be just as smooth as a V6, but given the economics of a new engine, I would agree that a V6 would is possible, but honestly, it would have a higher centre of gravity and wouldn't be as interesting a car as if they had opted for a flat-6 engine. If this car uses the same chassis as the BRZ its very likely it will be built along it in the Gunma factory that the current Legacy is built. Meaning its a factory with direct supply and access to the Subaru's flat-6 engines. Also, given that the current 2+2 coupe is ~2,700lbs, I think 3,000lbs would be realistic for the same car with flat-4. But with a heavier V6, I would agree 3,200lbs would be more realistic.
      Paul Leonard Bell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lexus Has Its Work Cut Out For Them , The 2013 BMW 3 Series Just Set a New Bench Mark Of What a Sport Sedan Should Be in terms of performance , efficiency and Luxury , and Dont For Get Cadillac ATS is Coming Out Soon i Think Every One Will Be Superised At What The ATS can do also Volo New S60 is Now Real Competition for this Class , Plus Audi is Hard at Work on the New A4 witch Should Be Out in 2015 , Mercedes New C Class Has Been Underway For Years Now So There Just Finishing Up and Fine Tuning It should Be Out 2014 or 2015 and Ask for My favorite Car Company Infiniti The New G is On its Way and It Will Set a New Bench Mark Beyond The New BMW 3 Series , 2014 Can Wait to See it and Drive it (:
      Richard Brewer
      • 2 Years Ago
      You cannot be serious...these photos are of the 2nd generation IS...looks like the '06-'12 models.
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