Late last month at the Beijing Auto Show, Lexus introduced the 2017 Lexus IS complete with a new look. Still built upon the existing-gen’s platform, the entry-level luxury sports sedan receives a refresh to give it a closer resemblance to the rest of the current family that includes the mid-size GS and athletic RC coupe.
The boldest feature is centred on the face of the vehicle, the IS now sporting a continued evolution of the aggressive spindle grille available in either slatted or 3-D mesh form depending on the trim level. On either side of the grille are monstrous sculpted air intakes blending into the front fenders. The hood has also been reshaped to give a sleeker, more aerodynamic appearance.
Elsewhere on the car, the machined 17-inch wheels have been redesigned, and the rear LED taillights have the signature checkmark shape embedded within the housing in a triple stacked fashion. Instead of round muffler tips, the 2017 utilizes rectangular chrome exhaust exits. And, two additional colour choices are offered: Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake.
Turning our attention inside the IS, Lexus has made some big strides in the area of infotainment. The previous seven-inch display has grown to a massive 10.3 inches and provides a sharper image than before due to the high-resolution screen. Other enhancements include a leather-wrapped armrest and stitching on the instrument cluster hood, both of which lend an increased premium feel to the interior.
Finally, the Lexus Safety System+ — comprised of pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control — makes it way onto the entire IS lineup.
Engine choices remain the same, with buyers being able to select from either a turbocharged four cylinder or two different V6s. The 2017 Lexus IS will be released later this year.