Europe's Facelifted 2017 Lexus IS Range Bows In Paris

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The facelifted 2017 Lexus IS range is celebrating its European debut at the Paris Auto Show, five months after the refreshed model was revealed online.

For the 2017 model year IS, Lexus opted to remain true to the outgoing model's bold design, but have updated it on a few fronts. For starters, the front fascia has been revised and now incorporates updated headlights with a slightly different shape, a revised version of the Japanese marque's customary spindle front grille as well as a different bumper with larger air intakes.

The new dark chrome front grille of the updated IS range also now incorporates functional brake ducts on either side.

Elsewhere, the exterior of the model has been updated with new 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheel designs as well as a reshaped character line stretching the length of the car. Changes at the rear include new taillights, rectangular and chrome-finished exhaust tips. In Europe, Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black have been added to the exterior paint palette.

Inside, the facelifted range enjoys a larger multimedia display, now measuring 10.25-inches rather than seven. Refinements have also been made to the speedometer and tachometer while new cupholders have been installed. Select markets will also receive optional Nuance Black and Noble Brown color schemes.

In Europe, the range of engines go unchanged. That means the IS 300h will continue to utilize a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor. On the European combined cycle, it returns 65.7 mpg UK and emits 97 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Alternatively, European buyers will be able to opt for the smaller 241 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder coupled with the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the potent RC F.

Pricing details and delivery dates will be announced shortly.

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