Lexus has officially released the first images and details of the 2014 IS, ahead of its debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show on January 14.
According to the Japanese carmaker, the model takes many styling cues from the LF-CC concept which has been introduced at the Paris Auto Show last year. The compact luxury sedan features a prominent spindle grille, swoopy side skirts and a new articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus trademark. There's also distinctive LED daytime running lights, a dual exhaust system and wraparound taillights.
Inside, the cabin is inspired by the flagship LFA supercar with premium materials and high-end amenities. New tech features include a Lexus-first electrostatic switches that are said to need "just a finger touch" to adjust the air conditioning temperature, while the usual speedometer has been replaced with an all digital display. Lexus also says the increased width and longer wheelbase along with the thinner front seat design allow for significantly more comfort for rear seat passengers and best-in-class rear knee room.
Furthermore, the F Sport trim variant (above) is distinguished by a revised front bumper, bespoke front grille and bigger wheels. There's also an exclusive Rioja Red interior with sport seats, aluminum pedals and sportier trim accents on the steering wheel.
Under the hood, three different engines will be available, including a 2.5-liter V6 with more than 200 hp, a 3.5-liter V6 with roughly 300 hp and a hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with approximately 240 hp.
"At Lexus, we strive for partnerships that bring the most advanced connected vehicle technologies to our customers at a great value," said Sandy Lobenstein, vice president, Connected Vehicle Technology and Planning. "As a result of our partnership with iBiquity, our owners will be the first in the industry to have access to subscription-free real-time traffic and weather data on multimedia systems across our vehicle lineup."