A Lexus IS Rebrand Instead Of A Refresh Should Happen Because The Islamic State

IS isn’t exactly the best name these days.

Let’s be honest: Chances are Lexus would never have chosen the name ‘IS’ for its BMW 3 Series fighter back in 1998 if it had known an extremist terrorist organization with the same name would rise several years later. The Lexus Islamic State doesn’t have a nice ring to it. But it’s too late now. The IS name isn’t going anywhere, and now it’s time for the luxury sedan to receive a mid-life refresh, which will be revealed next week at the Beijing Motor Show.

A Lexus IS Rebrand Instead Of A Refresh Should Happen Because The Islamic State

The 2017 Lexus IS is expected to receive updated headlights and an even more aggressive front end.That Darth Vader-spindle grille will surely remain. Lexus released a single teaser image of the update, stating that the updated IS “will bring exciting breakthroughs based on the Lexus signature L-finesse design philosophy.” No indication was given about changes to the powertrain options, which includes a standard turbocharged four-cylinder with 241 hp in the IS200t, while the optional 3.5-liter V6 with 255 hp is found in the IS300. The IS350 is boosted to 306 hp and comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic, and all of those variants can be had with the F Sport package. The Lexus Islamic State, sorry, IS, will premiere in the coming days.

A Lexus IS Rebrand Instead Of A Refresh Should Happen Because The Islamic State

A Lexus IS Rebrand Instead Of A Refresh Should Happen Because The Islamic State

A Lexus IS Rebrand Instead Of A Refresh Should Happen Because The Islamic State

A Lexus IS Rebrand Instead Of A Refresh Should Happen Because The Islamic State

A Lexus IS Rebrand Instead Of A Refresh Should Happen Because The Islamic State

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