2014 Lexus IS Prototype Review

A review of the prototype for the hotly anticipated new Lexus IS model by Colum Wood of US-based website Autoguide.com

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NEW!!! 2014 LEXUS IS LIVE AT DETROIT AUTOSHOW
Lexus is evidently dead serious about removing some of the starch from its collar, as evidenced by the boldly styled new IS sedan just unveiled here at the Detroit Auto Show. We didn't know what to make of Lexus' entry-level sport sedan when we first saw images of it earlier this week. Dominated by the gaping maw of a spindle grille and flanked by headlamps with Nike swoosh daytime running lamps, the photos showed a distinctive (if not completely cohesive) design. Having now seen the design in the metal, we have to admit it comes together better than it does on screen. The new model will feature both rear- and all-wheel drive models in both 2.5-liter V6 (IS250) and 3.5-liter V6 (IS350) trims. Lexus also showed an IS300h hybrid model at the reveal, but it is earmarked for Lexus' home market of Japan, along with Europe and other markets. No word yet on why the model probably won't be sold here in North America, but our AutoblogGreen compatriots are looking into it. Aside from its bold new look front and rear, the IS carries forward a lot of the ideas seen in other newer Lexus models, namely the GS. Hidden beneath the IS' sheetmetal is the multilink rear suspension from the GS, along with its electric power steering setup. The new IS rides atop a three-inch longer wheelbase for better rear seat room, but during our brief time sitting in the car at the press conference melee, it still didn't feel terribly roomy (it rarely does in this class). At least the seatbacks fold 60/40 for the first time for additional utility. Executives promise that the Fuji Speedway- and Nürburgring-tuned IS350 will make in excess of 300 horsepower. More detailed specifications have yet to be released, but performance figures to be formidable, especially now that the IS receives the eight-speed automatic borrowed from the existing IS F, complete with full torque converter lockup for crisp shifts and manual mode throttle blipping. In addition, F Sport models like the white showcar above includes recalibrated suspension and electric power steering settings to go along with their more aggressive visuals and interior trimmings. The IS is scheduled to hit dealers in June, at which point you can all make up your minds about Lexus' new styling direction.





Lexus IS 250 - Большой тест-драйв (видеоверсия) / Big Test Drive (videoversion)
Сайт: http://btdrive.ru/ | Twitter: http://twitter.com/bigtestdrive | G+: google.com/+stillavinpro | Instagram: http://instagram.com/bigtestdrive | Facebook: http://facebook.com/stillavinpro | Vkontakte: http://vk.com/stillavinpro Сергей Стиллавин и Рустам Вахидов сошлись во мнении, что Lexus IS 250 мечта девушек пубертатного периода. Внешне она не вызывает вопросов, но вот ходовые качества машины ведущих «Большого тест-драйва» не впечатлили. Какие мнения у прохожих на улицах Москвы о IS 250 и каким бизнесом занимаются Вахидов со Стиллавиным?





2014 Lexus IS 350 AT The Detroit AUTO Show
2014 Lexus IS 350 AT The Detroit AUTO Show





2013 Lexus ES 300h - Drive Time Review with Steve Hammes
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