The new Lexus IS range is likely to be in dealerships next year with high hopes that it will take sales away from the very popular Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series. Year to date, Mercedes-Benz Australia has sold almost three times as many C-Class cars as Lexus has IS.
Although there are currently no official details on the third generation IS range, we suspect it will carry a similar variant format as the current model, with the IS250, IS350 and IS-F continuing on. It's also more than likely that Lexus will introduce an IS hybrid variant as well, with a potential IS450h nameplate.
These photos show the IS mule wearing a modified body of the current generation IS350 utilising the new platform. Lexus is testing the drivetrain, suspension and other components without giving away the new shape.