2014 Lexus IS prototype pictures and details
The 2014 Lexus IS is almost ready, and the prototype has already been driven by few journalists in the US. According to initial impressions, Lexus is looking to improve the ‘fun-factor’ in the IS and with this next model hope to finally take on the ultimate leader in the compact car segment when it comes to combining luxury and sportiness, the BMW 3-series.
Taking cues from the impressive new Lexus GS, they have made the body more rigid, which in turn increases grip. The front suspension will be 20% stiffer and the back suspension will be taken from the GS, which is said help increase rear grip. The next IS will have different driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport on the IS 250 and an additional Sport Plus option in the IS 350. The 350 also benefits from an 8-speed automatic taken from the powerful IS F. The 250 will still carry the 6-speed.
Also some gadgets adopted from the GS will be the Variable Gear Ratio Steering(VGRS) and Adaptive Variable Suspension(AVS), both of which will aid in improving handling.
Interior, the 2014 IS will get a whole new instrument cluster, similar to the GS. Also space for rear passengers has also increased as well as additional headroom, which is certainly a major plus.
A popular model in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and GCC markets, we are guessing the 2014 Lexus IS 350 could finally make its debut in this region.
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