Beijing 2016: All-new 2017 Lexus IS unveiled
The all-new 2017 Lexus IS was unveiled this week at Auto China 2016 in Beijing, and from the looks of it, the compact luxury sedan is poised to keep its sales numbers growing.
The essence of the car’s exterior appearance was kept intact; however, the entire front fascia has undergone a transformation, highlighted by new headlamps, large air intakes, and evolution of Lexus’ spindle grille. The latter folds back at a higher point, changing its top and bottom proportions that enhance its sporty feel with a visually lower center of gravity while blending effortlessly into the reshaped hood.
On the sides, the standard 10-spoke 17” wheels boast new designs with bright machine finishes. In the rear, the pronounced “L”-shaped LED light guides are now triple-layered within the taillight housing, and new rectangular chrome exhaust tips accentuate the car’s sporting nature. Additionally, Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake have been added to the exterior colour palette.
Inside the new 2017 Lexus IS, the first thing that’s sure to catch your eye is the multimedia display screen that has grown from 7” to 10.3”. The new high-resolution monitor offers a larger and clearer image of the various functions of Lexus’ innovative multimedia system. Also, a new hairline-finish surface provides both a high-quality feel and improved appearance.
Other changes include new cup holders, a larger, leather-wrapped palm rest with stitching for the Remote Touch Interface, and new markings on the in-dash analogue clock.
Finally, while the Lexus IS model lineup will remain unchanged with the same three engine offering, safety equipment has been upgraded with the Lexus Safety System +. It combines Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam, and Radar Cruise Control.
The on-sale date and pricing for the new 2017 Lexus IS will be announced later.