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TMCNet:  Lexus wants IS compact sedan to add excitement to luxury brand

[January 15, 2013]

Lexus wants IS compact sedan to add excitement to luxury brand

Jan 15, 2013 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Lexus this morning took the wraps off its 2014 IS completely redesigned compact sedan that will go on sale in mid-2013.

With styling inspired by Lexus' LF-A exotic sports car, the 2014 IS aims to inject new excitement into Toyota's luxury brand's lineup. The 2014 IS also offers a bit more rear legroom, thanks to a 3-inch longer wheelbase, and a hybrid model. There is also more trunk space.


-- VIDEO PLAYLIST: Detroit Auto Show The new IS features an exterior design with broadly flared fenders for a wide stance, a pronounced beltline and an L-shaped daytime running lights.

Lexus also will offer two V6 models, the 2.5-liter IS 250 and 3.5-liter IS 350. The IS 350 features an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid IS 300h gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor.

-- LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from press preview days The IS features 10 standard air bags and available safety features including blind-spot, cross-traffic and lane-departure alerts and automatic high-beam lights.

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