The wraps have just come off the 2014 Lexus IS before its official unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show, and the redesign effort has definitely not been wasted. More sculpted and aggressive than the car it replaces, the new IS sports the trademark spindle grille currently found on the LS, GS and ES. The fat grille is flanked by a more organic, almost amorphous headlight style and chevron LED parking lights just below. The taillights sweep around the rear quarter panel and down to the rocker panels, a daring look. The interior appears to be a more driver-focused version of the GS350 we drove recently — most notably with a single digital/analog-style gauge in the dash and an industry-first electrostatic climate control panel in the center console. The IS will come in 250 and 350 flavors and possibly a hybrid. The new IS will go on sale later this year — no announcement on pricing yet.
It IS here.