Lexus has shown the first official images of its next-generation IS ahead of its world debut at the Detroit motor show. To those who loved 2012’s LF-CC concept, you’ll probably love the end result.
The first official images of the new IS show a car that is wider than the car it replaces. According to Lexus, it also has a longer wheelbase to allow for more cabin space and a larger boot.
Perhaps more importantly, images of the IS F-Sport model show design elements that strongly reference those of the LF-CC concept shown at the 2012 Paris motor show, particularly the in-your-face ‘spindle grille’. Also new are Lexus’ L-shaped daytime running lights.
In profile, the IS has a rising line flowing from the front fender to the rear light cluster that highlights the sedan’s coupe-like roofline.
Inside the cabin, the design is said to be ‘ergonomically ideal’ for the driver.
Front seats also have a thinner design that Lexus says is more comfortable and provides better lateral support than before. The seat hip point and the angle of the new steering wheel are both lower, and both apparently inspired by the LFA supercar.
The centre console also incorporates a Lexus first: it has electrostatic switches that require only a finger touch to adjust the cabin air temperature.
The model shown in the initial images are of the F Sport model although more details are expected to be released with the car’s Detroit debut on January 15.
The all-new Lexus IS will be introduced in South Africa in June 2013.