First it was the Supra, and now, it could be the Lexus IS.
More BMW DNA could make its way to other Toyota products, and Japanese publication Bestcarweb reports that the future Lexus IS could receive a BMW turbo inline-six. That also means that the sport sedan could have Supra power under its hood.
If confirmed by Lexus, we might be looking at a 340 PS hot sedan coming soon. The publication also said that the next-generation IS will stick to a rear-wheel drive layout, putting it firmly against the established Germans such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the recently introduced BMW 3 Series. What Bestcarweb didn't say is if the Lexus IS will be BMW based, suggesting that the chassis work could be purely done by Toyota.
However, it seems that only the six-cylinder model will have BMW assistance. The rest of the range could still stick to Toyota engines. It has been said that the engine range will comprise of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, as well as a hybridized 2.5-liter. It is likely that those will be updated versions of the ones currently used in the IS300 (formerly known as the IS200t) and the IS300h.
Aside from the engines mentioned above, there could also be a new, boosted 2.4-liter engine coming soon. Looking at the current Toyota and Lexus engine range there is none like it as their four-cylinder engines are only avaialble in 2.0-liters, or 2.5-liters. That means this could be a totally new mill from the company.
So when will the all-new Lexus IS be revealed? At the moment, there is no confirmed release date for the compact executive sport sedan just yet. However, it has been suggested that it could make its debut towards the latter part of 2020. With the current Lexus IS soon hitting six years old, the Japanese luxury marque's smallest sedan is, indeed, ripe for a full redesign.
Source: Best Car Web JP
(Note: Current-generation Lexus IS pictured in main used for reference)