The official images of the 2013 Lexus IS F-Sport were released last week. The car is now available for public viewing here at 2013 Detroit Motor Show where it made its official launch today. Lexus will offer both the IS 250 and IS 350 models plus an IS 300h hybrid for markets outside the US, a first for the IS lineup.
The new generation IS takes many styling cues from the Lexus LF-CC concept which debuted at the 2012 Paris Auto Show but most notable is Lexus’ new spindle grille design and a new headlamp cluster with L-shaped daytime running lights (DRL)
The IS F Sport models have special exterior and interior design features. Both the front and rear suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are exclusively tuned for F Sport. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is tuned for these models, while Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) is also available on IS 350.
The newly designed driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support. Both the seat hip point and the angle of the new, LFA-inspired steering wheel have been lowered and steering reach adjustment has been increased, creating a driver focused seating position. On board, drivers of the F Sport will receive vehicle information from a driver’s meter cluster with a moving center ring, inspired by the LFA. Interior trim detailing includes an F Sport steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates that include the Lexus logo.
To better accommodate passengers, the new IS wheelbase is nearly three inches longer, providing a more comfortable cabin and increased trunk capacity. The extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design results in three inches more knee room for rear passengers. New to the IS are standard, lockable 60:40 split/folding rear seats.
All IS models are equipped with the next generation, Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems. Both multimedia systems provide real-time traffic and weather information delivered without a subscription through HD Radio Technology. The new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both the meter cluster and center console displays.
The all-new Lexus IS will go on sale in mid-2013.