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Beijing 2016 preview: Lexus revamps the IS for 2017

Beijing 2016 preview: Lexus revamps the IS for 2017 image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Lexus | posted April 19, 2016 14:33

D-Segment sedan gets exterior revisions

After unveiling a string of new and revamped models, Lexus will now be giving the IS an update for the 2017 model year. Just before its unveiling next week at the Beijing International Auto Exhibit, Lexus has released a preview photo of what the updated D-Segment sedan will look like.

In the preview photo, it shows a small section of the IS' front corner, detailing few of the changes made to the car. For 2017, the IS gets new LED projector lights with new daytime running lights integrated in the headlight clusters. The photo also shows the re-sculpted bumper, drawing cues from the new LC-Coupe. Lexus says the refreshed IS “will bring exciting breakthroughs based on the Lexus signature L-finesse design philosophy.”

The engine lineup is yet to be confirmed. Lexus currently offers four powertrain options for the IS globally. First is the IS200t with its turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that produces 244 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Also offered is the IS300h with its 2.5 liter, four cylinder hybrid engine. The hybrid IS puts out 181 PS and 221 Nm of torque. The Lexus IS also comes with a 3.5 liter V6 with two power outputs. First is the IS300 AWD with 259 PS and 320 Nm of torque and the topping the range is the IS350 putting out 310 PS and 375 Nm of torque.