liter & 3.5 liter V6
& 350 hp
hp per liter
(from Lexus Press
Release) All-New 2014
Lexus IS Sport Sedan Makes World Premiere at the North American
International Auto Show
• Engaging and
entertaining driving dynamics across the model range; exclusive
tuning enhancements on F SPORT models
• Completely redesigned with bold exterior styling and an LFA-inspired
• Longer wheelbase with significant increases in rear seat space
and trunk capacity
• New multimedia system with industry-first, complimentary
real-time traffic and weather information
DETROIT (Jan. 15, 2013)
– Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2014 IS sedan at the North
American International Auto Show. IS will be available in rear- and
all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 and IS 350, a further
evolution of F SPORT available across the entire model range, and
for Europe, Japan, and select international markets, the IS 300h,
the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive.
Driving performance is a key selling point in the sport sedan
segment. In conjunction with a bold new design including the Lexus
spindle grille, the all-new IS has been painstakingly engineered to
have excellent dynamic capabilities to provide an exceptional
“I adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the
all-new IS,” said Junichi Furuyama, IS chief engineer.
“Specifically, it was to make an entertaining driving experience a
major premise behind all aspects of performance.
“The conventional approach involves developing each individual
aspect in the hope that they will combine to offer an engaging
driving experience. By contrast, development of the new IS flipped
this process on its head, first establishing the pleasurable driving
experience owners desire, and then developing the individual
performance elements to support it.”
Every aspect of the IS has been engineered with a renewed focus on
engaging performance, agile handling, accurate response to driver
input and highly communicative feedback.
“The IS has always been precise and fun to drive,” said Mark
Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The
all-new IS kicks it up a notch with true sport sedan driving
dynamics, state of the art onboard technologies, and an all-new
design that makes it look fast even when it’s standing still.”
Incorporating several Lexus-first features and technical
innovations, the IS showcases an interior design with all the
refinement and quality expected of a Lexus, plus a focused driver’s
environment, a significant improvement in rear seat comfort and
spaciousness, and a larger, more convenient trunk.
Rear- and all-weather
drive versions of the IS 250 are powered by a 2.5 liter V6 gas
engine. The IS 350 features a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine. The IS 300h,
which will be available in Europe, Japan, and select international
markets, will employ the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, based on a
newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine.
IS adopts the Drive Mode Select system which offers up to four
switchable driving modes- ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+ (S+
available on IS 350 only) - to optimize vehicle systems to suit the
driver’s preferred combination of fuel economy, comfort, performance
and handling characteristics.
The IS 350 RWD features the eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS)
automatic transmission from the IS F high performance sedan with
quicker shifts, full torque converter lockup and throttle blips in
manual mode. The new IS is the first Lexus model to adopt G force
Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) control in Sport mode. This system
automatically selects the optimal gear and downshift pattern in
response to G force, and maintains the selected gear through a
Driving enjoyment was at
the heart of the new IS development program, and every aspect of the
new Lexus sedan’s driving dynamics has been carefully engineered to
New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques, along
with additional spot welding, have increased overall body rigidity.
This enhances stability and also allows for a more comfortable ride
without compromising handling agility.
The double wishbone front suspension system has been revised,
offering a twenty percent increase in sway rigidity. The rear adopts
a new multi-link suspension system from the GS. Fine tuning has
resulted in outstanding grip performance and excellent response to
steering inputs. Separate mounting of the spring and shock absorber
maximizes trunk space.
Steering feel and feedback is key to an enjoyable driving
experience, and the new IS benefits from a steering gear box based
on that of the GS sedan, incorporating a variety of tuning
techniques. The structure and rigidity of each gear box component
has been revised to create a smoother and more accurate steering
feel with enhanced input response and greater driver feedback.
IS F SPORT models not
only benefit from exclusive, exterior and interior design features,
but also genuine dynamic enhancements. Both the front and rear
suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are
exclusively tuned for F SPORT, enhancing handling performance. An
Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is tuned for F SPORT
models, while Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) is also available
on IS 350.
F SPORT models announce their presence with an exclusive spindle
grille that incorporates a bolder insert design. The bottom corners
of the front bumpers feature aerodynamic detailing to provide
enhanced brake cooling. Unique 18-inch wheels feature a Y-spoke
design inspired by the LFA.
On board, drivers will receive vehicle information from an
innovative driver’s meter cluster with a moving center ring,
inspired by the LFA. Interior trim detailing includes an F SPORT
steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates
that include the Lexus logo.
The overall dynamic
shape of the body emphasizes the wide flare of the wheel arches to
give the new IS a broad, powerful stance.
In profile, the strong horizontal beltline shows off the large rear
tires and its low center of gravity. The exterior design includes a
new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus’
trademark, L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located
The clean, horizontal
theme of the interior is bisected by the strong upward sweep of the
center console, creating an ergonomically ideal environment. The
newly designed driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better
lateral support. Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new,
LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach
adjustment has been increased, creating a driver focused seating
To better accommodate passengers, the new IS wheelbase is nearly
three inches longer, providing a more comfortable cabin and
increased trunk capacity. The extended wheelbase and a thinner front
seat design results in three inches more knee room for rear
passengers. New to the IS are standard, lockable 60:40 split/folding
Refined materials throughout the cabin are complemented by a high
quality analog clock with surface-emitting illumination. The climate
control system incorporates Lexus-first electrostatic switches,
which enable vehicle occupants to adjust temperature settings with
the touch of a finger.
All IS models are equipped with the next generation, Lexus Display
Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems. Both
multimedia systems provide industry-first complimentary real-time
traffic and weather information delivered without a subscription
through HD™ Radio Technology. The new steering wheel is the first on
a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both the meter
cluster and center console displays.
The 2014 IS has 10
airbags standard, including rear seat side airbags. Available safety
and security features include an Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp
system, a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system, a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.
The AHB headlamp system maximizes visibility at night by
automatically switching to low beams when its camera detects the
lights of either an oncoming or preceding vehicle.
An LDA system helps prevent unintended lane changes by alerting the
driver when the vehicle deviates from its lane without the operation
of the turn signal.
The BSM uses rear mounted radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes
that are not visible in the outer door mirrors.
The RCTA system employs the BSM radar to alert the driver to
approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space.
The all-new Lexus IS will go on sale in mid-2013.