New Lexus IS previewed ahead of Beijing reveal

Lexus IS teaser

The new Lexus IS is on the way, with a reveal set for the Beijing Motor Show 2016. The facelifted compact executive saloon will get a number of changes to keep it fresh, and Lexus has teased the car with this darkened image.

The picture shows the new headlights and front grille design, which make up the current Lexus family face as seen on the new RX, NX, RC and GS models. That means the IS will get the large spindle grille and sharp light designs seen on those cars, as well as origami-inspired styling touches around the front bumper. The rear should get a similar treatment, to keep things looking consistent.

More tech is always a likely prospect for a facelifted model, and we expect the infotainment system to get some upgrades for the 2016 version. There could be a few minor improvements to the cabin as well, although there’s no official word yet on any interior details.

Like the RC coupe, the IS will have two petrol engines, the 2.0-litre petrol in the 200t model and a 2.5-litre unit combined with an electric motor in the hybrid IS 300h model. These have 220bhp and 242bhp respectively. Of course, there’s also the 470bhp RC F, and we could see a racy IS F model with the same V8 engine further down the line as well.

The new Lexus IS will make its debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show and is likely to go on sale in the UK in the autumn. 

See all the cars of the Beijing Motor Show 2016 here…

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