2014 Lexus IS F Sport officially unveiled

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport 09.1.2013
2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport 09.1.2013

Sure to stand out, for better or worse

Following this morning's leak, Lexus has officially unveiled the 2014 IS F Sport.

Set to debut at North American International Auto Show, the model has an evolutionary design which is heavily influenced by the LF-CC concept. While it's not the most attractive offering in the compact luxury segment, the car features a prominent spindle grille and distinctive LED daytime running lights. The model also has swoopy side skirts, a dual exhaust system and wraparound taillights. Furthermore, F Sport variants are distinguished by a revised front bumper and a unique grille which has a higher "waistline" to improve airflow.

The sporty styling carries over to the interior as the model adopts an LFA-inspired cabin with premium materials and high-end amenities. Notable highlights include an analog clock, metallic trim and new electrostatic switches which operate the climate control system. Lexus also says the increased wheelbase gives the model significantly improved rear legroom and best-in-class rear knee room.

Lexus was coy on specifications, but they did say the F Sport variant will feature aluminum pedals, "3D effect" trim and perforated leather accents on the steering wheel and gear knob. The F Sport will also be available with an exclusive Rioja Red interior.

Under the hood, three different engines will be available. The IS 250 could be equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 engine that develops more than 200 bhp (149 kW), while the IS 350 could use a 3.5-liter V6 with roughly 300 bhp (224 kW). There will also be an IS 300h which is slated to feature a hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with approximately 240 hp (179 kW).

The 2014 Lexus IS will be unveiled on January 15th, so stay tuned for full details.

Source: Lexus

Lexus Releases First Official Photos of the Next Generation IS

  • All-new exterior featuring Lexus spindle grille design and Lexus-first independent L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • New interior design with LFA-inspired, driver-focused cockpit
  • F SPORT exclusive interior/exterior features

TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2013) - The all-new Lexus IS compact sport sedan will make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2013. A press conference will be held in the Cobo Center at 9:30 a.m. EST, and live webcast streaming of the event will be available at www.lexus.com and on the Lexus Facebook page.

The all-new IS model range will include IS 250, IS 350, and the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive, the IS 300h, which will be available in Europe, Japan and other international markets. F SPORT models will be available across the full range. Today, Lexus released photos of the all-new IS 250/350 F SPORT in advance of next week’s World Premiere.

Exterior Design
The all-new IS features the new Lexus spindle grille frontal design, awarding the compact sedan a combination of aggressive elegance, a more powerful road presence and a stronger brand identity.

The tight, sporting proportions of the body are formed by powerful character lines generated by the shape of the spindle grille, which passes through the base of the A-pillars then tightens up as it flows toward the rear. They clearly delineate the body from the cabin, emphasizing 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 mass of the cabin itself is concentrated rearwards, visually applying weight to the rear tires to enhance the perception of traction.

A rising crease line flowing from the lower body, through the rear wheel arch and into the rear lamp clusters adds the sweeping elegance to the sedan’s sporty profile.

The exterior design incorporates a new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus trademark, L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.

F SPORT models are instantly recognized by an exclusive grille and front bumper design. The ‘waistline’ of the grille is higher than on standard models, increasing the area of the lower grille to make it capable of drawing in a larger volume of cooling air appropriate to sporty performance.

Interior Design
The new IS interior design creates a focused, ergonomically ideal environment from within, which the driver can fully exploit the new Lexus compact sedan’s superb driving dynamics.

The new IS’ increased width and longer wheelbase provide significantly improved rear seat comfort. The combination of the extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design generates best-in-class knee room and improved accessibility. And new, 60:40 split/folding rear seats, provide expansive luggage capacity.

Cabin material, trim and finish refinement is complimented by the latest advances in HMI technology and a high quality analog clock with surface-emitting illumination. The center console incorporates Lexus-first, electrostatic switches to control the air conditioning temperature with the touch of a finger.

Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach adjustment increased, creating a more sporting driving position. F SPORT models feature the LFA’s innovative driver’s meter with a moving center ring.

F SPORT trim detailing includes a perforated leather finish to the steering wheel and shift knob, metal film 3-D-effect ornamentation, black seat stitching, and aluminium pedals and scuff plates.

A choice of three F SPORT interior color schemes includes a new Rioja Red finish, which is exclusive to the marque.

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TRDartz TRDartz
I really love the side profile and the back of the car the lines just flow nicely. The front is a totally different story. Lexus needs to stop mimicking the letter L into EVERYthing . The "arrow" LED lights look so out of place. The grille needs to be revised, or ... "toned down" a bit. The body lines are aggressive enough, don't need to exaggerate the "face" of the car as much.
Jan 7th, 2014 8:30pm
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RickBell RickBell
Once again, the Japanese show they have no taste whatsoever. This car has about as much good taste as a Japanese schoolgirl in a Hello Kitty store. Reminds me of the mistake Subaru made a few years ago with their painfully ugly Edsel face and grille.
Jul 29th, 2013 8:45pm
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RickBell RickBell
Lexus made a huge mistake with this ugly grille. It does indeed look like the science fiction character Predator with its ugly disgusting face. Now that BMWs have beautiful styling with its 3 series and 5 series, these monstrous looks don't have a chance.
Jul 29th, 2013 8:39pm
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germncarfan germncarfan
Is there a way to say fugly in Japanese?
Apr 11th, 2013 12:38pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
For a car firm widely panned for plagiarism in the 90s, Lexus has really reinvented itself as a confident auto design house. Yes, the grille has a decidedly Audi-esque single trapezoidal frame unit (copied by many global car firms) look about it, but it is unquestionably different; an achievement which ought to be applauded rather than mocked! Not every Japanese luxury cars should look like their German counterparts or where is originality in that? The current IS-F is a design and acoustic riot (sick to you and me)! Hope this thing would look better in metal than portal! Credible effort.
Jan 11th, 2013 5:37pm
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Cale24 Cale24
Current-gen IS owners rejoice- resale values of your cars just strengthened.
Jan 11th, 2013 1:34pm
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RaulLeal RaulLeal
wow!!! that definitely looks aggressive!! like it! :D humm.. the only cons is the front headlights its a bit too much..they should maintain like the LF-CC...
Jan 11th, 2013 11:44am
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ocrez ocrez
I personally am not a fan of the design, as it reminds me of some Korean brands. Obviously this site users are biased towards Lexus and Japanese auto makers (look at how many thumb downs people get who speak their mind). IMO it looks too weird, and I've never considered IS as a competitor of BMW 3 series, Mercedes C-Class, or Audi A4. "Again, IMO" Lexus IS and Cadillac ATS are both products of volume builders trying too hard to get on the Entry Luxury wagon to a point that they miss the whole point. -I like the interior. -Side profile is awful (too many sharp finish lines) -Taillights are awful, especially in this angle: http://cdn3.worldcarfans.co/2013/1/9/super/1077193609929159658.jpg -Headlights are weird and look incomplete -Front grill, even though awkward, they still remind me of Audi All in all I don't like it, but I'm sure many are happy with it as a whole package.
Jan 11th, 2013 8:37am
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Reza12 Reza12
I agree with you 100%, it's so refreshing to read your point of view.
Jan 11th, 2013 8:09pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
seems like a sensible looking modern 4 door car that suppose to sell though quality and high standards....until that grill destroys everything
Jan 10th, 2013 5:06pm
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lambocop lambocop
So we are supposed to forget 3er, C-Class, A4, and buy this hideous looking thing? when is toyota going to learn and wake up and realize they still hold the world title of ugliest cars in the world? This is luxury???? SHEEESH....learn from Hyundai/Kia...go get a decent designer and let him fix your cars cheap losers....
Jan 10th, 2013 2:50pm
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Too much agression for Lexus, whose cars were always most comfortable in premium segment
Jan 10th, 2013 10:15am
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german_car_fan german_car_fan
I love the sideskirts
Jan 10th, 2013 10:06am
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It's surely different from it's competitors. I appreciate that. I'm not sure on the looks yet, but I'm sure it will grow on me.
Jan 10th, 2013 9:57am
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Cayman_ Cayman_
i must say, I had hoped for better, but this is a decent model, I would buy it.
Jan 10th, 2013 8:25am
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bert2578 bert2578
I wouldn't call it beautiful. But those headlights are interesting
Jan 10th, 2013 4:10am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Kudos!! Nice job Lexus!
Jan 10th, 2013 3:46am
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Roken Roken
The interior, especially the dash, seems structured in almost a "super car" sort of design, as super car interiors go. Surprisingly nice.
Jan 10th, 2013 3:45am
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Shotokan6 Shotokan6
The front end is a bit too much. i do not believe this look will age well. The rest of the car is top notch.
Jan 10th, 2013 3:09am
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
I might be in the minority but I like it. I really do. We called Lexus dull and boring for long enough and I am delighted to see it has taken action to combat this. There are some interesting lines - The line from the rear light through the rear arch and down into the side skirt looks great. The interior looks amazing and I think it is more appealing than that of a 3-Series, C-Class and very possibly the A4. The front has a lot going on but I still like its aggressive edginess. A colour change would help as it seems like a design that is not flattered by white. Graphite or black with grey wheels should look fantastic. I am looking forward to seeing the regular version mainly to see how far Lexus has actually gone with this F-Sport model in comparison.
Jan 10th, 2013 2:33am
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Microice Microice
i like the idea of a bold lexus grille but the bits around it need to be toned down or maybe the normal IS will be more civil
Jan 10th, 2013 1:41am
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odysseus odysseus
I never was into Lexus, but this one looks very hot for a midsize sedan! Well done, Toyota!
Jan 10th, 2013 1:32am
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