Friday, January 11, 2013

Leaked before Detroit: 2014 Lexus IS

A few days ago, a Chinese website posted the first photos of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse. Early Wednesday, another Chinese website leaked photos of the 2014 Lexus IS, a completely redesigned model that Lexus will reveal at the2013 North American International Auto Show next week.

A Toyota spokesman said these were not official company images. [UPDATE: These are the official images, as Toyota has just released them on their U.S. website at 9:50 a.m. PST] But whether they're renderings or from the far corners of a Toyota regional office in China, we do know the new IS will receive the company's new "spindle" grille, shown here in an apparent F Sport trim level. The rear lights pictured here adapt the thin, downward curving style of the new GS, which would also make sense on the production IS.

The interior looks especially sharp dressed in red and black leather, a direct cue from BMW, along with the company's 3-spoke, small-diameter steering wheel and LFA-inspired instrument cluster. We'll wait until we see this little Lexus in the flesh next week to confirm all the details. The only thing we hope is that Lexus keeps the 6-speed manual transmission on the current IS 250 and brings it to the F Sport model. 

Have a look:

2014 Lexus IS (c) Lexus IS (c)
[Source: via Jalopnik]

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