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Lexus IS 2013 - first official pictures

Meet the 2013 Lexus IS - Japan's latest challenger in the hotly contested executive saloon market, typified by the top-10 selling BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the Audi A4. The new IS is expected to go on sale in the UK during summer 2013.

The third-generation Lexus IS is a visual leap forward from the outgoing model, launched in 2005. The IS will initially be offered in the UK with the 2.5-litre V6, shared with the GS250 and a hybrid, which is expected to replace the diesel model in the current line-up.

Thankfully, the 2013 IS will be more accommodating than the outgoing car - it will both be wider and have a longer wheelbase. Rear seat passengers will be grateful for the additional leg and knee-room that Lexus promises that IS will have. Up front, the high centre console and LFA inspired seats point to a more sporting environment for the driver. Lexus also promises a high quality analogue clock and Jaguar XF-style electrostatic touch sensitive switches.

The exterior design is striking, with the IS adopting the now corporate spindle-shaped grille and the sharper-edged styling, which is an updating of the L-finesse style first revealed in the second-generation Lexus IS. The company also says that it is inspired by last year's LF-CC concept. Expect more details - including pricing and specifications to emerge at the Detroit unveil.

Lexus IS 2013 (6)

Comments

Falkirk Bairn    on 11 January 2013

no diesel and no estate!

Omission of these 2 could be it's downfall.
X-type jaguar was slow to produce diesels and estates and never made the success it might have had

Fadyady    on 11 January 2013

Calling this Lexus striking is an understatement. Its shocking. Its boyishly bold.
Lexus would need to slip one under the 100g/km to draw the company buyers.

Avatar    on 11 January 2013

Looks amazing !!

The Informed    on 13 January 2013

Well, what can I say? Is there a reason why the rear lamps point down to the back wheels? Is there a point to all those random swages and jagged lines? The over-application of wanton motif simply spoil what is fundamentally a sleek, no-nonsense form. The front of this car is a very mediocre rip-off the much cleaner and more mature Audi designs and the whole thing fails to deliver anything new, something that Toyota/Lexus could really call their own. If, as I suspect, the designer is 16 years old, then a hearty 'well done'; this is a good design study. I only wish for your sake that the target buyers were in your age group.

Raul Gutierrez    on 29 January 2013

Guauuuu,buenisimo,exelente,Raul de Argentina

Mark    on 31 January 2013

Front looks shocking!!!

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