The all-new Lexus IS is scheduled to debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January. Although we don’t know very much about it yet, we do know that it was inspired by the LF-CC concept and the LFA, and it has been redesigned completely.
Considering that the IS is inspired by the LF-CC and LFA, my guess is that it’s going to look very futuristic, as have most recent Lexus cars. A big part of the futuristic look is the spindle grille, which is placed front and center and is larger than previous grilles. With its angular look, it matches perfectly with the design of the hood and lights, creating a sleek, aerodynamic appearance. The LF-CC also hosts enlarged front brake ducts and a straking side intake, much like the LFA. If both the LF-CC and LFA featured those, I think the IS will have them as well.
As for performance, it is really unknown at this point. Assuming it’s a midsized-coupe like the LF-CC, though, it will probably be in the same class as the Audi A5, with a 2.5L hybrid powertrain. However, it is also based on the LFA, which is a Lexus supercar, so it could be way out of the A5’s class.
It’s just a waiting game now. We know the inspirations and we know Lexus’ style, so we can only wait in anticipation until January to see the all new IS.