Lexus has officially revealed in Detroit the all-new 2014 IS including the F SPORT variant.
It will be available starting mid 2013 in both rear- and all-wheel drive versions for the IS 250 and IS 350. The first one will be powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine while the latter gets a 3.5-liter V6.
In Japan, Europe and other select markets, Lexus will offer the IS 300h with the same drivetrain as the JDM Toyota Crown, featuring a new Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine combined with a high-torque motor. The conventional engine produces 178 HP (131 kW) and 163 lb-ft (221 Nm), while the electric motor generates an additional 143 HP (105 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm). Combining these two, the hybrid version has a total output of 220 HP (162 kW).
The IS 350 RWD will feature an 8-speed automatic transmission carried over from the IS-F, promising fast shifts, full torque converter lockup and throttle blips when in manual mode. The new IS comes with the Drive Mode Select system offering up to four switchable driving modes: ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT S+, with the latter being available only on the IS 350. Lexus has revised the front double wishbone suspension while at the back it takes the same multi-link system layout from the GS.
The boot size has increased to 480 liters for the regular models while the hybrid variant offers 30 liters less. Thanks to an almost three-inch longer wheelbase and thinner front seats, the rear knee room has been increased by three inches.
The F SPORT version is distinguished by the different spindle front grille and bumper, bespoke 18-inch alloys and retuned suspension and steering systems. This model can be optionally ordered with the Adaptive Variable Suspension. Inside it has an F SPORT shift knob and steering wheel, scuff plates with the brand's logo and aluminum pedals.
In terms of safety, there are ten airbags and various advanced systems like automatic high beam, blind spot monitor, lane departure alert and rear cross traffic alert.