Sedan’s controversial design gets mid-cycle update
The refreshed Lexus IS sedan will debut at the 2016 Beijing auto show next week, the automaker announced. This will be the compact premium sedan’s first refresh since it debuted for the 2014 model year.
When the production version of the 2014 Lexus IS first debuted at the 2013 Detroit auto show, the compact premium sedan faced much controversy for its all-new styling. Lexus used the IS to preview its new signature L-finesse design philosophy.
Although Lexus hasn’t shared any details regarding its refresh, the premium automaker says the Lexus IS sedan “will bring exciting breakthroughs” for its current styling, calling it a “bold evolution of design with greatly enhanced visual impact.”
We expect the Lexus IS sedan’s powertrain options, which were revamped for the 2016 model year, to carry over with the styling refresh. For 2016, a new IS200t model with a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and mated to an eight-speed automatic replaced the IS250 and its 212-hp, 260-lb-ft 2.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic combo.
Also for 2016, the new IS300 AWD with a detuned version of the 3.5-liter V-6 (255 hp, 236 lb-ft) with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive effectively replaced the IS250 AWD, while the IS350 continues to use the more potent 3.5-liter v-6 (306 hp, 277 lb-ft) and eight-speed auto combo.