2014 Lexus IS to be revealed at 2013 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Lexus has confirmed that its 2014 IS sedan will debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next month.
Continuing the marque's trend towards hybrid models, the range will also tout a hybrid--though it hasn't yet been confirmed whether such a model will hit the U.S. market.
The IS 350 is also set to be joined by a base IS 250 model, and the new hybrid.
The hybrid, named IS 300h, is expected will use a drivetrain derived from that of the LF-CC hybrid coupe concept, shown at recent auto shows.
It's expected to develop 240 horsepower and reach 60 mph in around 7 seconds. That power is put through a CVT transmission. It's also said to weigh around 3,900 pounds, a symptom of sharing its platform with the larger GS.
We don't yet know what fuel economy figures Lexus is expecting, but like several other Lexus hybrids a sporty F-Sport model will be available, and a coupe model is likely.
Lexus will once again major on refinement and comfort, but the company has been benchmarking with the BMW 3-Series, in order to endow the new IS with a sportier feel than the last model--so we could be looking at yet another fun-to-drive hybrid on the way.
More details on the car will be revealed in Detroit next month--so stay tuned for more on the 2014 Lexus IS.