Lexus Previews The New IS Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show

In anticipation of the world debut of the Lexus IS on January 15, Lexus has released a few pieces of information regarding the new small luxury sedan. The IS will come in three powertrain options, the IS 250, the IS 350, and the IS 300H. The IS 300H will mark the first hybrid IS. Performance numbers have yet to be released for any of these powertrains.

Similar to the new Lexus GS, the new IS is available in F Sport trim. The F Sport trim is available with any of the three powertrains, and includes a few cosmetic modifications to the car’s front grille, and interior, including an LFA-like digital tachometer.

The new Lexus IS features a number of design changes in comparison to the previous model. A new “spindle front grill” has been incorporated, reminiscent of the one seen on the Lexus LF-CC concept. In an effort the give the IS a sportier appetence, the car has been made wider, and longer. The car’s beltline emphasizes the rear wheels, as does the car’s taillights. This is an attempt to give the IS “a powerful stance.”

As a result of the car being lengthened and widened, more interior legroom has been created. Lexus says the new IS has the best rear seat knee-room in its class. A new LFA inspired steering wheel has been incorporated to give the interior a sportier feel. For the first time in any Lexus model, the IS will use electrostatic switches to operate the car’s climate control system.

The Lexus IS will debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15.