Following this morning's leak, Lexus has officially unveiled the 2014 IS F Sport.
Set to debut at North American International Auto Show, the model has an evolutionary design which is heavily influenced by the LF-CC concept. While it's not the most attractive offering in the compact luxury segment, the car features a prominent spindle grille and distinctive LED daytime running lights. The model also has swoopy side skirts, a dual exhaust system and wraparound taillights. Furthermore, F Sport variants are distinguished by a revised front bumper and a unique grille which has a higher "waistline" to improve airflow.
The sporty styling carries over to the interior as the model adopts an LFA-inspired cabin with premium materials and high-end amenities. Notable highlights include an analog clock, metallic trim and new electrostatic switches which operate the climate control system. Lexus also says the increased wheelbase gives the model significantly improved rear legroom and best-in-class rear knee room.
Lexus was coy on specifications, but they did say the F Sport variant will feature aluminum pedals, "3D effect" trim and perforated leather accents on the steering wheel and gear knob. The F Sport will also be available with an exclusive Rioja Red interior.
Under the hood, three different engines will be available. The IS 250 could be equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 engine that develops more than 200 bhp (149 kW), while the IS 350 could use a 3.5-liter V6 with roughly 300 bhp (224 kW). There will also be an IS 300h which is slated to feature a hybridized 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with approximately 240 hp (179 kW).
The 2014 Lexus IS will be unveiled on January 15th, so stay tuned for full details.