Mark your calendars, Lexus followers, as a result of the Japanese luxurious model formally plans to unveil its 2021 IS sports activities sedan on June 9. Lexus even despatched out a teaser of the brand new automotive’s rear finish previous to the reveal. Acura not too long ago pulled the same transfer with its 2021 TLX sedan, one of many IS’s rivals.
As Lexus’s shot exhibits, the brand new IS compact luxurious sedan incorporates a full-width gentle bar tail lamp fashion cribbed from the UX crossover SUV. Regardless of its all-new uni-taillight, the remainder of the automotive is pretty acquainted—it reportedly sits atop the identical platform utilized by the present mannequin. There are enhancements, after all, together with a wider rear monitor, however the brand new IS will not be “all-new,” simply largely new.
We anticipate the identical four- and six-cylinder engines powering immediately’s IS to hold over to the brand new mannequin—seemingly with small bumps in output. As such, entry-level fashions as soon as once more welcome a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder underhood, whereas a 3.5-liter V-6 stays an elective further. Rumors continue to swirl that Lexus might shoehorn the Lexus LS 500‘s 416-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 below the up to date IS’s hood. Regardless of its efficiency bent, such a mannequin will seemingly shun the F nomenclature that adorns the two-door RC F and four-door GS F, in addition to the IS F of yore.
Though the IS’s reworked sheet steel (and good-looking rear finish) might handle to assist Lexus preserve its sports activities sedan considerably recent, its seemingly warmed-over mechanical bits will all-but assuredly stop the mannequin from correctly competing with the section’s most entertaining choices, together with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Genesis G70. Nonetheless, we’re hopeful Lexus proves us incorrect. Including the LS’s twin-turbo V-6 engine to a warmer variant of the following IS would possibly even handle to make up for the inherent disadvantages of its geriatric (and considerably small-for-the-class) underpinnings. Regardless, we’ll know extra on June 9.