An ever-so-slightly updated Lexus IS sedan shows its freshened face in China.
Look closely – Lexus ’ IS facelift isn’t a huge departure from the car currently on sale. But considering how angular and stylized the current IS already is, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“Because the original styling of the current IS has proved so popular, Lexus has kept the essence of car’s exterior appearance intact,” the automaker says in its press blast. The most noticeable change is on either side of the lower front fascia, where more pronounced air intakes sit beneath slightly restyled headlights. The sedan’s spindle grille is also updated, though you probably won’t notice at first glance – it now folds back at a higher point, altering the proportions of the upper and lower sections. Around back, Lexus says there are more pronounced L-shaped running lamps and rectangular exhaust tips.
Really, that’s it as far as changes go. Lexus says the powertrain options will remained unchanged which, in the US, means the IS 200t, IS 300, and IS 350, with F Sport packages available on all. The updated IS debuts in Beijing this week, but we expect the updated look to arrive Stateside for the 2017 model year.