Tuesday 17 April 2012

Spied: 2014 Lexus IS

Lexus has begun early development work of the third-generation IS compact executive.

Spied testing in Southern Spain, this test mule is using the chassis of the next-generation IS and sports extended fascias and wider tracks. Precious little is known about the newcomer but the current model debuted at the 2005 Geneva motor show and since received a minor facelift in 2009 to keep it fresh.

The new IS will boast Lexus' new spindle grille, lending the IS an assertive look. Power will come from two petrol engines and a diesel engine - exclusively for Europe, which may be BMW-sourced. A petrol-electric hybrid variant will be offered but is unlikely to hit British shores. The performance-orientated IS-F hasn't been approved for the third-generation but if green-lighted, expect a twin-turbocharged unit to compete with other performance compact executive sedans.

The next IS will go on sale in 2014 after a launch at a major motor show.

Via AutoEvolution.com

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