First introduced in 2013, the current Lexus IS needed an update to keep up the pace with the new generation Audi A4 and the recently facleifted BMW 3 Series. During this year Beijing Auto Show, Infiniti has taken the covers off the new IS, featuring a fresh new look and a number of important changes.
Seen from outside, the entire front fascia of the new model has undergone a transformation, highlighted by new headlamps, large air intakes in the front bumper and an evolution of Lexus’ spindle grille. The bumpers now have incorporated air intakes.
The F SPORT’s grille features an exclusive 3-dimentional F-mesh pattern, with jet-black metallic coating that incorporates functional brake ducts. The car comes standard with 10-spoke 17-inch wheels that boast new designs with bright machine finishes. Changes to the rear are highlighted by more pronounced “L”-shaped LED light guides that are now triple layered within the taillight housing and new rectangular chrome exhaust tips.
Also there are two new paint schemes, Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake.
Inside the car there is a new multimedia display screen that has grown from 7 inches to 10.3 inches. The new high-resolution monitor offers a larger and clearer image of the various functions of Lexus’ multimedia system. Also, “Enter” buttons have been added to the sides of the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) on the center console, making the system easier to use.
On the center dash the audio and ventilation-control panel has been refined to fit completely within the knee bolsters. For interior colors, Moonstone and Ivory have been replaced by Chateau, a new light shade that blends the elegance of Ivory with a more modern light-gray hue. Other changes to the new IS include new cup holders, a new larger leather-wrapped palm rest with stitching for the RTI and new markings on the in-dash analogue clock.
The new IS’s safety equipment has been upgraded with the Lexus Safety System +. It combines Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Radar Cruise Control.
The new IS model lineup will remain unchanged with same three engine offerings.