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New Lexus IS Sedan Coming To Detroit Next Month

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On: Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 5:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Lexus IS Sedan Coming To Detroit Next Month

Lexus announced this week that it will be debuting the new IS at the 2013 North American International Auto Show on Tuesday, January 15. For those that don't follow auto shows, the NAIAS is known more simply as the Detroit Auto Show.

In a brief, three-lined press release, Lexus describes the new IS: "Inspired by the acclaimed LF-CC concept and with design cues of the LFA, the new IS has been completely redesigned, inside and out."

The idea that the IS' styling will borrow from the LF-CC is encouraging, if not a little hard to take at face value. The car will most certainly share the spindle grille and maybe some other elements with the LF-CC, but given that the concept was a coupe and the IS in Detroit should be a sedan, we don't anticipate that the production model will be quite as sporty. Lexus executives have also been sourced as saying that Lexus may pursue production for the LF-CC, leading us to believe that the styling of the IS will be anything but a carbon copy of the concept.

On the other hand, the LF-CC and LFA's influence should add some extra sportiness to the IS sedan, which we can only imagine will be a good thing. Lexus hasn't yet released any teasers of the car to whet our appetite.

Lexus also hasn't revealed what engines will power the new IS. Reports suggest that the current 204-hp 2.5-liter V6 may be replaced or supplemented with a four-cylinder and/or hybrid option. The LF-CC concept was powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Hybrid Drive system that Lexus committed to bringing to production, so that could certainly appear in the IS at some point.

We'll have to wait another month for all the details.


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