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Stunning new Lexus IS for Detroit

1301 Lexus IS 1

Lexus has released the first official images of its all-new IS, which will have its public début at the Detroit Motor Show. The images show the now-familiar spindle grille dominating the front end, along with sharp, aggressive lines throughout. The new car has, thankfully, remained true to the LF-CC concept that was shown at the Paris Motor Show last year.

Longer and wider than the car it replaces, the new IS promises to offer a sportier drive than its predecessor. Seen here in F-Sport guise, the look if the IS also promises enhanced sportiness and dynamism. The fact that it’s longer than before also means improved interior space, and Lexus claims the new IS will offer best-in-class knee room for rear passengers when it goes on sale later this year.

The new car’s interior also remains fairly true to that of the LF-CC, with a high centre console that splits the cabin and touch-sensitive controls. In South Africa we’re likely to get the IS250 and 350 derivatives, and with the diesel (which we never got) being dropped in favour of a hybrid, that could be on the cards, too.

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