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Old 07-15-08, 02:53 PM
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Today I received the latest issue of Lexus magazine in the mail. On page 16 they talk about the 2009 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition and then have this to say about the 2009 IS:

"Also arriving soon: updates for the Lexus IS. Think turn signals in the side mirrors, a new front grille, 17- and 18-inch wheels, and fresh color options, plus Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) in the IS 250. Look for the 2009 IS in dealerships this September."

It doesn't say if these are all of the changes for 2009 or just some of them.
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Old 07-15-08, 02:56 PM
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Interesting...

Can you scan and post?
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Uh oh, I am not sure if I like the sound of "a new front grille" since that really didn't go well with the GS face-lift IMO.

Looks like no change will be made to both engines? Not even couple more HPs?
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everything I heard...one that isn't on there is the JDM style fogs. The side turn will be a huge improvement! I like our front grill they should have it come blk IMO that would be 2 great improvements. I guess I will see this later today then when I get home.

Thanks for sharing
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Originally Posted by PhilipMSPT View Post
Interesting...

Can you scan and post?
Sorry, my scanner is not working. But you're not missing anything...I posted everything mentioned and there are no photos.

I'm hoping there are additional changes not disclosed...for one, I'd like to see the amber removed from the taillights.
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Take a picture and text it to someone like me and ill post it

Im not sure how a new grille will work unless they change it like to the LS style (Lx-Mode)

I would love to see the side mirror signal lights, hopefully its like the 08 GS style so i can get the covers too
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would putting VDIM on a 250 actually improve anything, or would it just be a marketing tool?

or could it be that they are putting VDIM on the 250 to prepare for a power increase during the next refresh?
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I thought that the is250 came with the VDIM, isnt that what you turn off in the front?
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Originally Posted by passnu2 View Post
everything I heard...one that isn't on there is the JDM style fogs. The side turn will be a huge improvement! I like our front grill they should have it come blk IMO that would be 2 great improvements. I guess I will see this later today then when I get home.

Thanks for sharing
You are welcome! How are the JDM fog lights different than what we get?
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nope, current 06-08 is250s have VSC, which is a less-sophisticated version of VDIM.

IS350s come with VDIM.
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You are welcome! How are the JDM fog lights different than what we get?
I think the JDM fogs are projector and ours are reflector.
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Originally Posted by Lenscap View Post
Sorry, my scanner is not working. But you're not missing anything...I posted everything mentioned and there are no photos.

I'm hoping there are additional changes not disclosed...for one, I'd like to see the amber removed from the taillights.
Thanks for sharing the info!

I highly doubt there will be any additional changes. (maybe another coin holder)

Removal of the amber from the tail lights is wishful thinking since clear tails are an IS-F exclusive and I doubt there will be any OEM red-outs.

New side mirrors, grill, wheels, and color sounds like enough for refresh year.
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right before the '08 came out all different sources talked about a change in the 17" rims, but nothing changed

so don't believe it until you see it.
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Originally Posted by triple_c View Post
would putting VDIM on a 250 actually improve anything, or would it just be a marketing tool?

or could it be that they are putting VDIM on the 250 to prepare for a power increase during the next refresh?
It will not change much for the IS250s... It doesn't go off on the IS350 much unless you start pushing it...I doubt they will be a power increase...maybe when they completely redesign it for the third generation, but not anytime soon...
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Sounds great, can't wait to obtain the new Lexus magazine myself.
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