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Leaked before Detroit: 2014 Lexus IS

The new compact luxury sedan has been revealed ahead of its auto show debut.

By Exhaust Notes Jan 9, 2013 8:06AM
A few days ago, a Chinese website posted the first photos of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse. Early Wednesday, another Chinese website leaked photos of the 2014 Lexus IS, a completely redesigned model that Lexus will reveal at the 2013 North American International Auto Show next week.

A Toyota spokesman said these were not official company images. [UPDATE: These are the official images, as Toyota has just released them on their U.S. website at 9:50 a.m. PST] But whether they're renderings or from the far corners of a Toyota regional office in China, we do know the new IS will receive the company's new "spindle" grille, shown here in an apparent F Sport trim level. The rear lights pictured here adapt the thin, downward curving style of the new GS, which would also make sense on the production IS.

The interior looks especially sharp dressed in red and black leather, a direct cue from BMW, along with the company's 3-spoke, small-diameter steering wheel and LFA-inspired instrument cluster. We'll wait until we see this little Lexus in the flesh next week to confirm all the details. The only thing we hope is that Lexus keeps the 6-speed manual transmission on the current IS 250 and brings it to the F Sport model.

Have a look:

2014 Lexus IS (c) PCAuto.com.cn2014 Lexus IS (c) PCAuto.com.cn
[Source: pcauto.com.cn via Jalopnik]

34Comments
Jan 9, 2013 11:10AM
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quoted from article:

"The only thing we hope is that Lexus keeps the 6-speed manual transmission on the current IS 250 and brings it to the F Sport model."

 

If by "current," you mean 2013 model year, then the 6 speed manual is already gone.  I read in Motor Trend that Lexus dropped the manual transmission from the IS for the 2013 model year and I checked a few different websites that list new car options and couldn't find anything showing a manual for the IS even as a special order option.  Maybe one of the Toyota experts could confirm or correct me. 

 

That doesn't mean it won't be available on the next generation, but I wouldn't count on it.

Jan 9, 2013 11:18AM
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As far as the styling goes, they seem pretty confident with the new front nose that they are using with the new GS and LS.  I'm just not convinced.  It certainly isn't ugly, but it doesn't make you say "wow" the way the new BMW, Audi and Cadillac models do.

 

However, the interior looks fantastic (if you ignore the automatic transmission lever).  Who knew Toyota could make a good looking interior?

Jan 9, 2013 11:25AM
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I knew. I love the interior in my Highlander with the exception of the firm seats. I also like the leather interior in the Tundra.
  This car's interior is exceptional though, nice job Toyota! I am not completely sold on that grill either, will have to see it in person. It's definitely better than the new Fusion's grill though, it looks like a whale skimming for plankton and this car looks more like the monster from predator.

Jan 10, 2013 1:27AM
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When will this be available in the good-old USA?

Jan 13, 2013 5:26PM
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New Lexus IS reminds me of a re run of the 1961 Plymouth front end .. UGLY as sin ....  I was 11 years old then and at 63 that ole 61 Plymouth is still ugly if not the worst I ever saw.  We have the same mistake here...UGLY is always UGLY.  john

Jan 11, 2013 10:44AM
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I liked the way the old IS looked,  I will have to see the car for myself to decide if I like this new one.    I didn't think I would like the new GS, but my neighbor just bought one and it looks good going down the road.  The grille design may be OK on the GS, but by the picture, the grille  look's to be too enlarged on the IS. One thing is for sure, the quality will be there( unlike junk Fords) 

Jan 14, 2013 4:45AM
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Lexus hasn't made a good looking car in years.  By adding so many new lines, they've totally watered down their brand.  My last Lexus was an old SC (the good looking one), and I've been a Cadillac driver ever since.  Sorry Lexus.
Jan 14, 2013 6:00AM
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Japan's  tech at its finest.. You will feel the corners move your body like a latin dancer and and when you put the hammer down your head  and neck will hurt like you where look at hot chic's all day in  a mall in costa rica ...pura vida IS by Luxus
Jan 10, 2013 5:47AM
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Is there a "front bumper' hidden in the front end?
Feb 11, 2013 6:34PM
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Naw i am not too impressed ... i seen some Is in magazine i think like a year or back stating that is was going to be the 2014 Is looked alot better than this... i must say the electronical dash is the only plus of the vehicle . Now the Cadillac Ats is going to be a ride.
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