The 2017 Lexus IS is more than a mere update of the series. With all it has to bring to the table, this luxury sedan is not going to take no for an answer.
Release Date and Price
Most likely early 2017. The prices start at $37,500 but depending on the trim may reach as high as $43,035. Of course, this is without any extra equipment and other costs.
Most of the 2017 Lexus IS has not been changed that much, although there are details that are different. For one, the shape of the grille is the same, but its position is not. It seems to fold back higher than it used to.
The LED lights look and feel the same, but there is something jagged about them, and we could have sworn that they have been stretched out a bit. The black trim inserts achieve just the effect you would expect, and that is to add more depth to the overall design.
The body height and shape has not changed at all, as Lexus is satisfied with aerodynamic properties for the time being. Then you look at the rear, however, you will see that the revised lights and a different exhaust pipes.
Finally, there are two new color schemes rumored for now, Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake as well as 17-inch wheels which makes for a very interesting combination in this day and age.
Interior of Lexus IS
The interior of this luxury sedan is going to witness a few changes of note. The first thing we could notice is the new color scheme, so most of the interior is going to be light gray with accents of red leather in the strategic locations.
The new cup holders are a really nice touch. The infotainment screen is not a lot bigger, 10.3 inches in diameter and it now boasts different button scheme.
Overall, the interior design looks and feels a lot cleaner than before. It is clear the 2017 IS is going for that luxurious vibe, complete with an improved driving experience.
The 2017 Lexus IS is most likely not going to feature any changes in the engine department, considering it had a new one come up in time for the 2016 version. Having said that, we can expect a 2.0 L 4-cylinder (turbocharged of course) with 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
A more powerful version comes in the form of an all-wheel drive and its 3.5 L heart pumping out 255 ponies and 306 lb-ft of torque. The best that the IS will be able to offer is most likely going to be a 3.5 L with 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.
Either way, we are looking at an 8-speed automatic transmission. Reaching 60 mph in under 7 seconds should be more than feasible, and the speed is topped at 143 mph. And that is the lowest tier engine. The top of the line can shave a second off that time.