by Jez Spinks

The next-generation Lexus IS will be revealed at the 2013 Detroit motor show in January the Japanese luxury brand has confirmed.

Design cues for the company’s crucial sedan rival for the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as expected, will come from the Lexus LF-CC concept car (main image) from the 2012 Paris motor show.

The LF-CC was a preview of a new coupe version that will expand the IS range, likely from 2014.

The coupe concept featured a hybrid drivetrain combining a 2.5-litre V6 and an electric motor that will form the basis of a Lexus IS300h model. The hybrid will replace the diesel engine offered in the outgoing IS in Europe.

The sedan is also expected to use the same 2.5-litre V6 and 3.5-litre V6 found in the bigger GS large car to again create Lexus IS250 and Lexus IS350 models.

An F Sport variant can also be expected to be among the variants considering the success of the badge that indicates the more sport-focused models in Lexus’s different vehicle ranges.

The new IS will share its platform with the GS.

Lexus has yet to confirm whether it will build its other coupe concept, the LF-LC (above) that also starred at this year’s Sydney motor show, but the company’s upcoming compact SUV is expected to be unveiled in 2013, possibly at March’s Geneva motor show.

The 2013 Detroit motor show kicks off with media days on January 14 and 15.

  • S P

    I’m really looking forward to the next IS

    The current one has been available for ever!! But having said that its still very good after all these years

  • Area510

    One of my friends recently got an IS250 and must say it is a nicely finished car both inside and outside

  • MisterZed

    About bloody time that the 3rd oldest passenger car in Australia get replaced!! (the only mainstream passenger cars (not SUV/pickup) that are older than the IS are the Proton Gen2 (2004) and the Mazda MX-5 (2005)).

    • K20A

      Good observation!

      Is it just me or Lexus’ design language recently looks.. confused. Seems like they’re trying to incorporate every design flourish imaginable into the car and the result is a little busy..Also their cars are looking more and more like Predator!

  • Lolwut

    maybe the IS350 second had goes down to around 40K… definitely a chance.. and quiet attractive.

    • Bo

      If you check your spellings, then you may be able to afford next generation IS, you know.

    • F1orce

      The 2008-2010 IS250 used for 40k & up

      Don’t expect the price to come down too much as the IS range is a heavily sought after used car. Mainly by young people.

      The C-class for example isn’t very popular as a used vehicle.

      • Dfgfd

         2008 IS250s are being advertised on carsales  for half your price. There’s even one under $20K and a several for between $20 and 29K.
        Strangely the cheapest 2008 C200 is $31K, which is odd as it “isn’t very popular”?

        Looking at redbook values too, they’ve listed much higher trade in values for a 2008 C200 Classic ($22K-$25K) over a 2008 IS250 Prestige ($19K-$22K).

        So I think you have it the wrong way around, the IS250 is not popular as a used vehicle or the existing owners would be able to ask higher prices.

        • F1MotoGP

          You’re preaching to the choir, Phil. Everyone knows F1orce’s comments are nonsense – you’re not looking any smarter for trying to correct him; he simply won’t listen.

        • F1orce

          The cheapest 2008 IS250 I found in NSW in Carsales was the base model selling for $28,000 and had over 100k on the clock..

          • Guest12

            Wrong again F1.
             It’s got the Premium Pack wth sat nav, sunroof, leather, reverse camera, etc for $ 27,990There’s a 2008 IS250 slightly cheaper with 72000 km & a 2007 for about $25,850. All dealer used.

          • Fdghfg

             But you said they were $40K & Up?

        • cam09

          I am a wholesaler in brisbane and i will tell you any second hand IS250 are gold, if i price one from a dealer i can place it staight away they are that popular as for a second hand C200 I find it hard to get a price no one wants them second hand!

          • Igor

            There’s currently 476 used IS250’s on Carsales.
            Many of them in the low 20’s.

  • F1orce

    The next gen IS250, IS300h & IS350 should be real good.

    But why doesn’t Lexus fit the base with the 3.0L 3GR-FSE engine instead of the 2.5L?

    But still the 250IS isn’t too bad, pretty slow from 0 to about 80km/h but after that it catches up with the IS350.

    Considering how the IS250 is so old, it still compares favourably to the base C-class etc

  • Asdfawef

    Given the current Aussie exchange rate, it should be $40,000 drive-away-no-more-to pay. But that said, I reckon Lexus is the luxury car that’s screwed in properly and won’t fall apart in time unlike the other luxury cars, regardless of costs.

  • Aus_poppa

    The next Lexus IS doesn’t need more and bigger engines, the most important thing is MORE ROOM. When the first IS models came here they were considerably tighter inside than the equivalent BMWs and Audis. Over the intervening years the German cars have grown, and now offer really good room, front and back, so the Lexus needs to grow substantially if is ever to make much of an impression in the prestige executive market.

    • RoFlmaTiC

      Apparently the wheelbase is 70mm longer and there’s now 90mm more legroom in the rear :)

  • Grass

    Lexus are the highest quality cars ever

    And this is coming fe a German boy

  • Braydencresswell

    I just can’t seem to drop Lexus old people image seems everyone who drives one is either a pensioner or in there late 50s.

    • Drescodike

      Same as BMW, Audi & Mercedes

    • Justin

      The majority I see driving are 30/40 year olds, and particularly parents/families in the case of the RX.

      • F1orce

        Soccer mom’s love the RX