This could be your first look at the all-new Lexus IS, thanks to a pair of speculative renderings recently published in Japanese media and posted online by Arabic publication, Almuraba.
According to the report, these images were created by Japanese artists given an early look at the new IS by Lexus. Going by the artist's impression, the next-generation sedan is in line for a massive makeover.
Up front the spindle grille is much larger, the headlights are slimmer, also incorporating the LED daytime-running lights compared to the two-tier design of the current model.
At the rear, the new IS has a bit of a mini-me LS look about it. There's an integrated bootlid spoiler, sharp tail-lights with an upside-down L-shaped signature, numerous creases in the bumper, and a prominent diffuser-style insert with large trapezoidal tailpipe finishers.
Going by these reports and renderings, it seems Lexus will introduce a new generation of the IS, after a report by Automotive News in June quoted David Christ, general manager for Lexus in the USA, saying the company was taking a 'strategic look' into both the IS and larger GS due to their lower volume.
"We can't do it all at once, but we're certainly evaluating both vehicles," Christ told the publication.
The current third-generation IS first went on sale in 2013, and received a mid-life refresh in 2016. Given the three-year pattern for model life-cycles before updates, we could see the all-new IS revealed as soon as next year.
However, nothing has been confirmed by the Japanese luxury marque at this stage, so stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.