Like some humans, cars also go through a mid-life crisis and try to look younger by going under the knife, as did the Lexus IS sedan that was presented today in a world premiere at the 2016 Beijing auto show.
The most notable change on the outside concerns the fascia that gets an uninterrupted, full-height grille in both regular and F-Sport models, together with a new bumper housing huge cornet air ducts, and reshaped headlamps while keeping the divisive “L”-shaped, according to Lexus, “Nike” logo-shaped, according to consumers, Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
A new set of tail lamp fixtures with more pronounced “L”-shaped LED light guides, rectangular chrome exhaust tips, newly styled alloy wheels and two new paint schemes called Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flak, complete the exterior revisions.
Inside, the multimedia display screen has grown from 7 inches to 10.3 inches, while there are also new colors for some markets, a slightly revised lower center console to fit completely within the knee bolsters, new stitching on top of the meter hood, and an “Enter” button added to the side of the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) on the center console.
The 2017 IS’ engine lineup remains unaffected by the facelift offering a 241hp 2.0L turbo four, a 255hp 3.5L V6 and a 306hp 3.5L V6. North American availability has yet to be announced.