Lexus confirms IS virtual launch on June 16

By CARSIFU | 13 June 2020

TOKYO: Lexus plans to hold the online world premiere for the new IS compact sport sedan on June 16.

It was supposed to be launched on June 10 but was put off because of Covid-19.

The world premiere would start at 8am in Japan (7am in Malaysia). The programme would include a digital press conference in the United States, where it would debut at 7pm EST on June 15 (also 7am on June 16 in Malaysia).

As teased in the video here, the taillight graphic shows a more expressive design.

The new IS is expected to use an updated rear-wheel-drive platform, with a wider rear track for sportier handling.

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It would be based on an updated "New N" platform that reports say reworks the chassis and suspension to improve driving dyanmics.

Expect exterior styling cues from the LS to seep in, while the cabin would be made more plush to compensate for the absence of the GS that is soon to be retired. The cabin would also have more digital connectivity and features to make it more competitive.

Rivals of the IS include the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

As for engine choices, Lexus is reported to carry over existing ones. So we will see variants featuring a 2.0-litre turbo inline 4 and a 3.5-litre V6 in two states of tune.