With ES, GS and LS models all now minty fresh at your local Lexus showroom, it was only a matter of time before we had official word that the company's IS had a replacement in the wings. That word has come down today in an ultra brief press release that names the date and venue that the sheet will be pulled on the new car: January 15th in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.

Don't pay too much attention to the test mule in these dusty spy shots, we're told that the small Lexus has been "completely redesigned" from the inside out and that it has drawn inspiration from the sultry LF-CC concept car. In LA we learned that the LF-CC has been green-lit for production, so we'd expect to see a lot of cues from that car (in the gallery below) lifted directly for the all-new IS. New fang-face, here we come.

While a coupe and a convertible version of the next IS are undoubtedly in the cards, too, we'd guess that the sedan will be first to go on stage at Detroit next month.
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December 04, 2012

All-New Lexus IS to Make World Debut at the North American International Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., (Dec. 4, 2012) - Lexus will reveal the all-new IS on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Inspired by the acclaimed LF-CC concept and with design cues of the LFA, the new IS has been completely redesigned, inside and out.

The Lexus press conference will be shown live online at www.lexus.com.


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      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Your photos are a bit weak... http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1212_2014_lexus_is_350_f_sport_prototype_quick_drive/
      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should do an IS-F coupe that looks just like the concept car, and keep it all-motor instead of going turbo so that people who were fans of the old school M3 will have a car for them. Make it a big V8 that revs to the high heavens with the help of Yamaha =P
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What took you so long?
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cant wait... I must say the current IS has aged gracefully and is still very relevant with curent design.
      Jan Calloway
      • 2 Years Ago
      is it me or is toyota dumbing down their cars. its bad enough i believe their design teams sucks but to take a potentially hot car and plaining it out is dumb.
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jan Calloway
        First its a Lexus, second its got camo so the real stuff will appear perhaps just before the intro in the autoshow, and third it will borrow design cues from the LF-CC which got great reviews in Europe.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jan Calloway
        The new GS certainly was not dumbed down.
      n.bob2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will the new one have the pinched face of all the new Lexus designs? Yeah? Oh count me out then.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, Toyota needs to get rid of the V6 like they did with the RAV 4...because nobody likes horsepower...
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the...previous IS. Wow. I hope they don't include the cleft lip grill.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        Did you read the text. It's a mule.
      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current IS is long in the tooth but still a gorgeous little car -- way better looking than any of its competitors, except maybe the A4. I admire how reliable Lexuses are, unlike much of the competition. If they had ever made the IS350 with a manual I would have bought one. I hope they don't mess it up.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ponycargt
        My 2007 e90 is quite reliable, and was ultimately, even as a used a car, a better purchase than the brand new IS250 stick I was considering at the same time. It just drove better. Perhaps the new IS will draw me back?
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      We can readily look forward to the side rocker wings, round doors, and lovely brown color?
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      4th place, behind the 3, C, and A4, as always.
      Pandabear
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice packing tapes.
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