Next-gen Lexus IS design revealed to be swoopiest yet

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Lexus Releases First Official Photos of the Next Generation IS
- All-new exterior featuring Lexus spindle grille design and
Lexus-first independent L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
- New interior design with LFA-inspired, driver-focused cockpit
- F SPORT exclusive interior/exterior features

TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2013) - The all-new Lexus IS compact sport
sedan will make its world debut at the North American International
Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2013. A press conference will be held
in the Cobo Center at 9:30 a.m. EST, and live webcast streaming of the
event will be available at http://www.lexus.com and on the Lexus
Facebook page.

The all-new IS model range will include IS 250, IS 350, and the first
IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive, the IS 300h, which will be available
in Europe, Japan and other international markets. F SPORT models will
be available across the full range. Today Lexus released photos of the
all new IS 350 F SPORT in advance of next week's World Premiere.

Exterior Design
The all-new IS features the new Lexus spindle grille frontal design,
awarding the compact sedan a combination of aggressive elegance, a
more powerful road presence and a stronger brand identity.
The tight, sporting proportions of the body are formed by powerful
character lines generated by the shape of the spindle grille which
passes through the base of the A-pillars then tightens up as it flows
toward the rear. They clearly delineate the body from the cabin,
emphasizing the wide flare of the wheel arches to give the new IS a
broad, powerful stance.

In profile, the strong horizontal beltline shows off the large rear
tires and its low center of gravity. The mass of the cabin itself is
concentrated rearwards, visually applying weight to the rear tires to
enhance the perception of traction.

A rising crease line flowing from the lower body, through the rear
wheel arch and into the rear lamp clusters adds the sweeping elegance
to the sedan's sporty profile.
The exterior design incorporates a new, powerfully articulated
headlamp cluster design with Lexus trademark, L-shaped Daytime Running
Lights (DRL) located independently below.

2014 LEXUS IS SEDAN DESIGN
F SPORT models are instantly recognized by an exclusive grille and
front bumper design. The 'waistline' of the grille is higher than on
standard models, increasing the area of the lower grille to make it
capable of drawing in a larger volume of cooling air appropriate to
sporty performance.

Interior Design
The new IS interior design creates a focused, ergonomically ideal
environment from within which the driver can fully exploit the new
Lexus compact sedan's superb driving dynamics.

The new IS' increased width and longer wheelbase provide significantly
improved rear seat comfort. The combination of the extended wheelbase
and a thinner front seat design generates best-in-class knee room and
improved accessibility. And new, 60:40 split/folding rear seats,
provide expansive luggage capacity.

Cabin material, trim and finish refinement is complimented by the
latest advances in HMI technology and a high quality analog clock with
surface-emitting illumination. The center console incorporates
Lexus-first, electrostatic switches to control the air conditioning
temperature with the touch of a finger.

Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired
steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach adjustment
increased, creating a more sporting driving position. F SPORT models
feature the LFA's innovative driver's meter with a moving center
ring.

F SPORT trim detailing includes a perforated leather finish to the
steering wheel and shift knob, metal film 3-D-effect ornamentation,
black seat stitching, and aluminium pedals and scuff plates.

A choice of three F SPORT interior color schemes includes a new Rioja
Red finish which is exclusive to the marque.
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