Lexus has revealed that it will be launching the next-generation Lexus IS sports sedan this June 15, but it seems a YouTube channel that goes by the name of AFT Channel couldn’t contain their excitement. The channel uploaded a series of videos showcasing the Japanese luxury automaker’s latest creation.
Opting for what we think is an evolutionary approach, the overall profile of the Lexus IS remains similar to the current model. Many of its exterior details have been refined and smoothened compared to the edgy look of its predecessor. The signature spindle grille has a new shape, while the LED headlights are now in-line with the rest of the Lexus product portfolio. At the sides, the previous generation IS’ signature character line that rises up from the rear of the side skirts have been toned down. As we move further back, the IS now features LED taillights that run across the width of the car–a design detail that made its debut in the Lexus UX subcompact crossover SUV.
Rumors have suggested that the Lexus IS will not exactly be all-new, and we think this is evident with the interior. The dashboard looks largely the same, albeit with numerous material and quality upgrades. The graphite finish on the climate controls have been swapped for a shiny piano black finish. As for the infotainment, it now gets a newer generation of Lexus Remote Touch. Whereas the screen from the previous generation was tucked inside the dashboard, the new model’s larger screen is now a freestanding unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now come as standard.
We’re not yet sure of what powertrains this new IS will utilize, but we expect that the powerful 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 will still be offered, which produces 314 hp and 380 Nm of torque. Power is sent either to the rear or all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic. Being a Lexus, we also expect a hybrid to continue being offered.
We do not have to wait any longer to know more about the next-generation Lexus IS since the next-generation of Lexus’ sports sedan is expected to be unveiled on June 15.