2014 IS Will be a Big Change


The next IS has been shrouded in mystery for some time now. Everyone knows there'll be a new one soon, but we've had no idea what it'll be like. Now we've got word that next IS will be a completely new car. So expect a revolutionary IS come 2014, not just a revision.

Autoguide spoke to marketing manager Peter Evans from Lexus Australia, concerning the fate of the IS. He admitted that "When you're a challenger brand and you're number four [in sales], you can't afford to be evolutionary." That leads us to believe the new IS will, at least, be a completely new model. Ketan Renade, Lexus product planner for the ES and LS has also admitted that "the IS doesn't have to play a comfort role for us." I don't know about you, but that sounds like a new sporty car to me.

As it stands, Lexus has several new platforms for a sporty sedan. They could use a stretched version of the FR-S platform for a four door coupe, a la the CLS. Or, they could simply build the new is on the current chassis, for a legitimate coupe. Naturally, I would expect for Lexus to call that and SC-somethingortheother, but it could well be the case.

There's also the recently announced partnership with BMW to take into account. They haven't agreed to platform sharing outside of the power-train, but whose to say that won't change? They've also already admitted to developing the architecture and components for a sports vehicle. We definitely won't see a IS built on the three series platform, but they might share some tech. Who knows?

David Sanchez III (Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:22:54 -0700): About time!
Tyler Graham (Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:43:58 -0700): it will be interesting to see what is shared. as an IS owner this is exciting for when I am ready to upgrade to a newer model down the road... hmm...japanese racing heritage mixed with german engineering and both are advanced tech moguls and benchmarks for luxury...so this will be an exciting and refreshing direction for the IS not to mention adventurous ride for those of us lucky to own the new IS Model..
Bryan Commeree (Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:37:20 -0700): Japanese German engineering, it's how the 2jz-GTE was built :)
Steve Snyder (Wed, 18 Jul 2012 17:47:57 -0700): I am looking for a car with German engineering but Japanese reliability. I love the feel of a good German car, but when it is in the shop as much as I get to drive it, there is an issue...
John Brown (Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:36:21 -0700): Lexus must look at the noise on manual 6the gear bub- bubbing away it's should be smooth and yes no excelLeration and that's from 80 mph upwards.IS-220D F-SPORT 2010 SHOULD BE TURBO SET AT 60 MPH, that would give the car motorway speed and it get's you out of 5th or 4th gear Lexus get your act together, apart from this it's a great car.