Spy Shots: 2014 Lexus IS Continues Testing

2014 - 2016 Lexus IS Exterior Spyshots
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The second generation Lexus IS was unveiled in 2005 and has been on sale ever since with only a minor refresh in 2009. If Lexus wants to keep up with the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes C-Class, they really needed to offer a change for their luxury sedan. These spy images show that the change is well on its way as the third generation IS has been caught testing again somewhere in Europe. This time, though, the new prototype has been caught with less cammo than before.

The new Lexus IS will be built on a shortened version of the GS platform and, while its overall dimensions don’t appear to be changing, Lexus will focus on reducing the car’s total weight by as much as possible.

On the exterior, the new IS will follow the same direction as the new GS and LS models and will adopt the company’s new spindle grille.

The sedan version is set to be unveiled sometime in 2013. It will be followed by a convertible version and a high powered IS-F version one year later.


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  (305) posted on 10.31.2012

let’s hope the lexus will be modern enough to compete with the other cars in it’s class. but then again, why wouldn’t it be?

  (302) posted on 10.31.2012

it would be great for them it this one was cheaper than it’s competitors. but we all know that’s not going to happen.

  (312) posted on 10.31.2012

i think this lexus will be a worthy adversary to audi, bmw and mercedes. especially if they come up with another hybrid version, which they will.

  (305) posted on 10.31.2012

i like the fact that they test this car in europe. after all, it is aimed at the european market.

  (516) posted on 10.31.2012

brad, the "heavy cammo" includes other plastic or leather parts that fully mask the design elements.

  (422) posted on 10.31.2012

i think it was about time lexus updated their IS model.

  (452) posted on 10.31.2012

they call this "less cammo" ??

  (542) posted on 10.31.2012

hmm, the hybrid option is one to consider if it really reduces the fuel consumption.

  (475) posted on 10.31.2012

i think the lexus is a less main stream choice, but a good one.

  (509) posted on 10.31.2012

well, because japanese cars are good. that, and the fact that lexus has hybrid models.

  (542) posted on 10.31.2012

why would one have the lexus instead of the audi, bmw or mercedes?

  (516) posted on 10.31.2012

i think the lexus is is a good car. luxurious and reliable.

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