The 2014 Lexus IS won't be unveiled until next month's North American International Auto Show, but that hasn't stopped Jay Leno from getting a test drive of the upcoming model.
Set to resemble the LF-CC concept, the 2014 IS will ride on a shortened version of the same platform that underpins the GS. It will also have a revised suspension with softer springs and stiffer anti-roll bars.
While the exterior is still camouflaged, we can see the cabin will be slightly drab as there doesn't appear to be a lot of trim on the doors or dashboard. However, we can expect metallic accents, chromed door handles and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. Choices are slated to include a 2.5-liter V6 with 200+ bhp (149+ kW), a 3.5-liter V6 with 300+ bhp (224+ kW) and a hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder with approximately 240 bhp (179 kW). The latter engine will be connected to a continuously variable transmission which should enable the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in approximately 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of roughly 225 km/h (140 mph). In terms of efficiency, the hybrid could average 73 mpg UK (3.8 L/100km / 60.7 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km.