On the 2nd press preview day[January 15th, 2013] in Detroit, Lexus has revealed the sedan range in the form of new 2014 Lexus IS range at the 2013 NAIAS[North American International Auto Show], with 4 model range of IS – the IS 250, the IS 350 and the 2014 IS F Sport will be available in complete model range as the 250 F Sport and the 350 F Sport. There is one hybrid model also – the IS 300h which will be available for the Europe, Japan and other international markets. In the engine configuration, the Lexus IS 250 has a 2.5 Litre V6 engine with Rear-Wheel Drive[RWD] and the IS 350 has a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine with RWD which features 8-speed, SPDS -Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. While the IS 300h will be powered by advanced Hybrid Technology of 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine. To give best fuel efficiency, performance and driving dynamics, the IS is featured with Mode Select System which provides the 4 driving modes – ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+ (S+ provided only in IS 350). With the fist time introduced G force Artificial Intelligence[G-AI] in Sport mode, which manages automatically the best gear and downshift pattern with the G force, to maintains the selected gear while cornering. In the exterior, the new 2014 IS model range is given sporty elegance by various exterior design work and equipped the aggression in it, by having the Lexus famous grille design front which shows the sporty character with aerodynamic lines going from A-pillars and ending at the rear with tight bend. The weight of the car is inclined to the rear side with longer wheelbase to increase the traction control. On the other hand, the 2014 IS F Sport models exterior have exclusive grille and front bumper design and higher grille waistline as compared to the normal IS model range and creating more lower grille space to provide extra volume of cooling air for better sports performance.
In the interior, the 2014 IS range has new 60:40 split/folding rear seats which gives extra luggage space, enhance rear seat space by having large wheelbase, quality cabin finish and analog clock, switches with electrostatic to control the temperature, sporty steering wheel position. The interior for F Sport has interior color choice of new Rioja Red finish exclusive to the marque, perforated leather finish to the steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum pedals and black seat stitching. In the technology and equipment, the 2014 IS range is featured with Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems for the real-time traffic and weather information updates without a subscription through HD™ Radio Technology. The multimedia system control in the steering wheel with center console panel display and meter cluster.
In terms of safety and security, there are standard 10 airbags which includes rear seat side airbags, Rear Cross Traffic Alert system, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert system and Automatic High Beam headlamp system. Lexus has announced that the new Lexus IS will be available for sale in the second-half of 2013. Photo Gallery of Lexus IS from Live at Detroit Auto Show 2012
Video Gallery of Lexus IS from Live at Detroit Auto Show 2012 Auto Press Release 2013 January 15, 2013 All-New 2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan Makes World Premiere at the North American International Auto Show
- Engaging and entertaining driving dynamics across the model range; exclusive tuning enhancements on F SPORT models
- Completely redesigned with bold exterior styling and an LFA-inspired driver-focused cockpit
- Longer wheelbase with significant increases in rear seat space and trunk capacity
- New multimedia system with industry-first, complimentary real-time traffic and weather information