What you see here are the first official pictures of the brand spanking new Lexus IS, which goes on sale in Mzansi later this year. Replacing the fairly successful current model won’t be easy, but Lexus seems to have gained some good traction in the local market and will look to consolidate over 2013.
This specific model is the IS-F-Sport and we can tell that because it’s wearing all that sexy sporty kit, and of course, it says so on the car itself. Looks wise we can see that master Toyoda’s new plan of turning Toyota into a much more exciting company than it has been over the past 20 years is on track. Styling cues from the LF-CC Concept and the LFA are evident, while a continuous family look with the new GS is also apparent.
According to Lexus, “The new-design driver’s seat is more comfortable and provides better lateral support. The seat hip point and the angle of the new steering wheel – inspired by the LFA – are both lower, and the steering wheel’s reach adjustment has been increased, giving a more sporting driving position.”
We’ll only know about the proposed engines this week when the car is unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.