NEXT STAGE: Reengineered in 2020
The reengineered 2021 Lexus IS sport sedan will offer improved handling and responsiveness with an upgraded suspension, in addition to newly enhanced safety and infotainment functions. However, the premium brand's sporty compact will remain slotted on its current third-generation platform — which dates from the 2014 model and was last freshened in 2017 — instead of being redesigned on the automaker's latest global architecture. The 2021 IS is just over an inch longer and wider than the outgoing model, with a slight increase in height as well. The base IS 300 is powered by a 2.0-liter I-4 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission delivering 241 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. The awd version of the IS 300 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, delivering 260 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded IS 350 comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 delivering an uptuned 311 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque, with an eight-speed transmission in the rwd model and a six-speed transmission powering the awd model.
|Lexus GS End in 2020||Lexus LC Freshen in 2021||Lexus ES Freshen in 2022||Lexus UX Freshen in 2023|
|Lexus IS Reengineered in 2020||Lexus LS Freshen in 2021||Lexus RC Redesign in 2022||Lexus LX Redesign in 2023|
|Lexus LC Addition in 2020||Lexus NX Redesign in 2021||Lexus GX Redesign in 2022||Lexus RX Redesign in 2023|