UPDATE: Lexus Australia has confirmed a 2017 local launch for the revised IS range.
An updated version of the Lexus IS luxury sedan has been unveiled at the 2016 Beijing motor show.
The 2017 Lexus IS brings with it a revamped front-end design including newly reformed headlights that still sit proudly above those tick-shaped daytime running lights.
Below the (apparently) L-shaped DRLs are new, very large air intakes that certainly make the IS appear a little more sporty up front.
Further, the lower-spec models now get a more cohesive version of the polarising “Spindle” grille – previously there was a mesh lower section and slatted upper section. (See below images for before and after.)
The headlight assemblies vary based on the model, too, with LED headlights on higher-spec versions and xenon projector units for the lower versions. See below:
The company hasn’t just restyled the front – the rear end has seen a few changes, too.
At the back there are new L-shaped tail-light inlays, as well as angular exhaust finishers.
New wheel designs are also available, as well as a pair of new colours – Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flak.
Further to that, the interior has seen a big change, including a new upsized media screen – it grows from 7.0 inches in the current version up to a 10.3-inch unit in the new model.
The centre console has seen some minor changes, too, including an “Enter” button as part of the Remote Touch Interface controller.
The engine offerings are likely to go unchanged, with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo powerplant in the entry-level models (IS200t), a 3.5-litre petrol V6 in sportier versions (IS350) and the frugal four-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid model for buyers who want to do their bit (IS300h).
The new Lexus IS make its Australian debut sometime in 2017, although the car maker’s local arm says it has yet to confirm a more specific launch window.
Stay tuned for pricing and specification details as they are made available.
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