2014 IS Will be a Big Change

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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?

What do you think the new IS will be like? Tell us your opinion in the forums!

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