Lexus has shown 2014 IS and F SPORT range at NAIAS 2013

On the 2nd press preview day[January 15th, 2013] in Detroit, Lexus has revealed the sedan range in the form of new 2014 Lexus IS range at the 2013 NAIAS[North American International Auto Show], with 4 model range of IS – the IS 250, the IS 350 and the 2014 IS F Sport will be available in complete model range as the 250 F Sport and the 350 F Sport. There is one hybrid model also – the IS 300h which will be available for the Europe, Japan and other international markets.

In the engine configuration, the Lexus IS 250 has a 2.5 Litre V6 engine with Rear-Wheel Drive[RWD] and the IS 350 has a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine with RWD which features 8-speed, SPDS -Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. While the IS 300h will be powered by advanced Hybrid Technology of 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine. To give best fuel efficiency, performance and driving dynamics, the IS is featured with Mode Select System which provides the 4 driving modes – ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+ (S+ provided only in IS 350). With the fist time introduced G force Artificial Intelligence[G-AI] in Sport mode, which manages automatically the best gear and downshift pattern with the G force, to maintains the selected gear while cornering.

In the exterior, the new 2014 IS model range is given sporty elegance by various exterior design work and equipped the aggression in it, by having the Lexus famous grille design front which shows the sporty character with aerodynamic lines going from A-pillars and ending at the rear with tight bend. The weight of the car is inclined to the rear side with longer wheelbase to increase the traction control. On the other hand, the 2014 IS F Sport models exterior have exclusive grille and front bumper design and higher grille waistline as compared to the normal IS model range and creating more lower grille space to provide extra volume of cooling air for better sports performance.

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In the interior, the 2014 IS range has new 60:40 split/folding rear seats which gives extra luggage space, enhance rear seat space by having large wheelbase, quality cabin finish and analog clock, switches with electrostatic to control the temperature, sporty steering wheel position. The interior for F Sport has interior color choice of new Rioja Red finish exclusive to the marque, perforated leather finish to the steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum pedals and black seat stitching. In the technology and equipment, the 2014 IS range is featured with Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems for the real-time traffic and weather information updates without a subscription through HD™ Radio Technology.  The multimedia system control in the steering wheel  with center console panel display and meter cluster.

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In terms of safety and security, there are standard 10 airbags which includes rear seat side airbags,  Rear Cross Traffic Alert system, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert system and Automatic High Beam headlamp system.

Lexus has announced that the new Lexus IS will be available for sale in the second-half of 2013.

Photo Gallery of Lexus IS from Live at Detroit Auto Show 2012 

Video Gallery of Lexus IS from Live at Detroit Auto Show 2012 

Auto Press Release 2013

January 15, 2013

All-New 2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan Makes World Premiere at the North American International Auto Show

  • Engaging and entertaining driving dynamics across the model range; exclusive tuning enhancements on F SPORT models
  • Completely redesigned with bold exterior styling and an LFA-inspired driver-focused cockpit
  • Longer wheelbase with significant increases in rear seat space and trunk capacity
  • New multimedia system with industry-first, complimentary real-time traffic and weather information

DETROIT (Jan. 15, 2013) – Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2014 IS sedan at the North American International Auto Show.  IS will be available in rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 and IS 350, a further evolution of F SPORT available across the entire model range, and for Europe, Japan, and select international markets, the IS 300h, the first IS to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive.

Driving performance is a key selling point in the sport sedan segment. In conjunction with a bold new design including the Lexus spindle grille, the all-new IS has been painstakingly engineered to have excellent dynamic capabilities to provide an exceptional driving experience.

“I adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the all-new IS,” said Junichi Furuyama, IS chief engineer. “Specifically, it was to make an entertaining driving experience a major premise behind all aspects of performance.

“The conventional approach involves developing each individual aspect in the hope that they will combine to offer an engaging driving experience. By contrast, development of the new IS flipped this process on its head, first establishing the pleasurable driving experience owners desire, and then developing the individual performance elements to support it.”

Every aspect of the IS has been engineered with a renewed focus on engaging performance, agile handling, accurate response to driver input and highly communicative feedback.

“The IS has always been precise and fun to drive,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The all-new IS kicks it up a notch with true sport sedan driving dynamics, state of the art onboard technologies, and an all-new design that makes it look fast even when it’s standing still.”

Incorporating several Lexus-first features and technical innovations, the IS showcases an interior design with all the refinement and quality expected of a Lexus, plus a focused driver’s environment, a significant improvement in rear seat comfort and spaciousness, and a larger, more convenient trunk.

Engine/Transmission
Rear- and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 are powered by a 2.5 liter V6 gas engine.  The IS 350 features a 3.5 liter V6 gas engine.  The IS 300h, which will be available in Europe, Japan, and select international markets, will employ the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, based on a newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine.

IS adopts the Drive Mode Select system which offers up to four switchable driving modes- ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+ (S+ available on IS 350 only) –  to optimize vehicle systems to suit the driver’s preferred combination of fuel economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.

The IS 350 RWD features the eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission from the IS F high performance sedan with quicker shifts, full torque converter lockup and throttle blips in manual mode. The new IS is the first Lexus model to adopt G force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) control in Sport mode.  This system automatically selects the optimal gear and downshift pattern in response to G force, and maintains the selected gear through a corner.

Chassis/Body/Suspension/Brakes
Driving enjoyment was at the heart of the new IS development program, and every aspect of the new Lexus sedan’s driving dynamics has been carefully engineered to that end.

New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques, along with additional spot welding, have increased overall body rigidity. This enhances stability and also allows for a more comfortable ride without compromising handling agility.

The double wishbone front suspension system has been revised, offering a twenty percent increase in sway rigidity. The rear adopts a new multi-link suspension system from the GS. Fine tuning has resulted in outstanding grip performance and excellent response to steering inputs. Separate mounting of the spring and shock absorber maximizes trunk space.

Steering feel and feedback is key to an enjoyable driving experience, and the new IS benefits from a steering gear box based on that of the GS sedan, incorporating a variety of tuning techniques. The structure and rigidity of each gear box component has been revised to create a smoother and more accurate steering feel with enhanced input response and greater driver feedback.

F SPORT

IS F SPORT models not only benefit from exclusive, exterior and interior design features, but also genuine dynamic enhancements. Both the front and rear suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are exclusively tuned for F SPORT, enhancing handling performance. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is tuned for F SPORT models, while Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) is also available on IS 350.

F SPORT models announce their presence with an exclusive spindle grille that incorporates a bolder insert design. The bottom corners of the front bumpers feature aerodynamic detailing to provide enhanced brake cooling. Unique 18-inch wheels feature a Y-spoke design inspired by the LFA.

On board, drivers will receive vehicle information from an innovative driver’s meter cluster with a moving center ring, inspired by the LFA. Interior trim detailing includes an F SPORT steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates that include the Lexus logo.

Exterior Design
The overall dynamic shape of the body emphasizes 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 exterior design includes a new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus’ trademark, L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below.

Interior Design

The clean, horizontal theme of the interior is bisected by the strong upward sweep of the center console, creating an ergonomically ideal environment.   The newly designed driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support. Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach adjustment has been increased, creating a driver focused seating position.

To better accommodate passengers, the new IS wheelbase is nearly three inches longer, providing a more comfortable cabin and increased trunk capacity. The extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design results in three inches more knee room for rear passengers.  New to the IS are standard, lockable 60:40 split/folding rear seats.

Refined materials throughout the cabin are complemented by a high quality analog clock with surface-emitting illumination. The climate control system incorporates Lexus-first electrostatic switches, which enable vehicle occupants to adjust temperature settings with the touch of a finger.

All IS models are equipped with the next generation, Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems. Both multimedia systems provide industry-first complimentary real-time traffic and weather information delivered without a subscription through HD™ Radio Technology.  The new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both the meter cluster and center console displays.

Safety/Security
The 2014 IS has 10 airbags standard, including rear seat side airbags.  Available safety and security features include an Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system, a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system, a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.

The AHB headlamp system maximizes visibility at night by automatically switching to low beams when its camera detects the lights of either an oncoming or preceding vehicle.

An LDA system helps prevent unintended lane changes by alerting the driver when the vehicle deviates from its lane without the operation of the turn signal.

The BSM uses rear mounted radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that are not visible in the outer door mirrors.

The RCTA system employs the BSM radar to alert the driver to approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space.

The all-new Lexus IS will go on sale in mid-2013.

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