Lexus has unveiled its new IS Line at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Three variants were unveiled at the show, consisting of an IS 250, IS 350 and IS 300h hybrid models. All three models will also be available in a new F Sport variant, which offers dramatic visual and mechanical changes to non F Sport models.
In conjunction with a dramatic new design featuring the Lexus spindle grille, the new IS has been engineered to provide outstanding dynamic capabilities.
Lexus IS chief engineer Junichi Furuyama said that achieving driving enjoyment was central to the development of new IS.
"We adopted an entirely different approach to the development of the new IS," said Mr Furuyama.
"Rather than developing each individual aspect in the hope that they would combine to offer an engaging driving experience, we first established the pleasurable driving experience as our major premise, and then we developed the individual performance elements to support it.
"Every aspect of the new IS has been engineered with a renewed focus on the sporting performance, agile handling, accurate response to driver input and highly communicative feedback," he said.
Incorporating no less than 12 Lexus-first features and technical innovations, the new IS also showcases an all-new interior that combines all the refinement and quality expected of any Lexus.
It has a more sporting, driver-focused environment, a significant improvement in rear-seat space for best-in-class roominess, and a larger, more convenient luggage compartment with 60:40 rear fold seats.