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January 17, 2013

Lexus Unveils All-New 2014 IS Sedan

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The start of a new year can puts the end to the holiday spirit but but can still bring surprises like Christmas morning.

On Tuesday, Lexus pulled the covers off its all-new 2014 IS sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  I will now ask the skeptics who are wondering what makes the 2014 IS any different from the 2010-13 models to repeat after me… PER-FOR-MANCE. When asked what his approach was in developing the 2014 IS, chief engineer Junichi Furuyama stated that he “adopted an entirely different approach by making an entertaining driving experience a major premise behind all aspects of performance.”

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Junichi went on to say that he “first established the pleasurable driving experience owner’s desire, and then developing the individual performance elements to support it.”  Lexus Group Vice President Mark Templin went on to add that “The all-new IS kicks it up a notch with true sport sedan driving dynamics, state of the art onboard technologies, and an all-new design that makes it look fast even when it’s standing still.”

Below are some Key Specs and pics of the all-new IS provided by Lexus

Engine/Trans

  • Rear and all-weather drive versions of the IS 250 are powered by a 2.5 liter V6 engine
  • IS 350 features a 3.5 liter V6 engine
  • Drive Mode select system which will offer ECO, NORMAL, SPORT, and SPORT S+ (S+ on IS 350 only)
  • IS 350 RWD will feature the eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS)
    • Available with G-AI Control in sports mode (G force Artificial Intelligence)
    • IS 300h will run on the Lexus Hybrid Powertrain based on the newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine
    • IS 300h will be available in Europe, Japan, and select international markets

F Sport

  • F Sport models have exclusive exterior and interior designs
  • Front and Rear suspension tuned for F Sport

Exterior Design

  • Large Rear Tires
  • Lower center of gravity
  • L-shaped Daytime Running Lamps

Interior Design

  • LFA inspired steering wheel
  • More passenger room (due to longer wheel base)
  • Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch controlled Navigation and Multimedia systems

Safety/Security

  • 10 airbags (standard)
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system

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posted by: Rafael Mejia
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