.by Douglas Black, enerficiency On The Road
One of my favorites of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show (CAS2012) was the Lexus Concept Car. It’s bold front nose was an aggressive statement. The 2013 North American international Auto Show (NAIAS2013), commonly known as the Detroit Auto Show, kicks off in less than a week and will be the stage for Lexus’ debut of the production model. Look for these to turn some heads on the mean streets this spring.
Taking design flair from the LF-CC concept car shown in 2012 and the latest LS model, the IS has been shown in sportiest F-Sport trim which brings with it a very distinctive front grille design.
The front grille takes the form of a large rectangle, ‘pinched’ in at the sides to make a pointy hour glass shape. There are arrow shaped DRL LED’s under the complex shaped headlights, and vents and air intakes flank the large grille. It’s a bold front end for sure, but the effect will be lessened somewhat by the addition of a front number plate, as is required here in Chicago.
Moving around to the sides, that’s pretty much business as usual with a normal flat-sided design, that is until you get to the rear quarter. Here the tail lights blend right around and extend downwards to a point, which provides a smooth aesthetic.
Inside, the IS gets a rich design treatment, with a raised center tunnel between driver and passenger and luxury material choice. The controls on the console are touch-sensitive. Rear legroom is improved over the previous model as well.
Lexus will offer the standard IS250, sporting a 2.5L V6 and producing around 220 hp, while the IS300h Hybrid model will team a smaller 4-cylinder to an electric power plant, providing a total of around 240 hp.
Overall, I am excited about the direction the Lexus designers are going. Personally I hope to get behind the wheel of this new Lexus IS250 when it rolls into the windy city for CAS2013 in February.
Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new. He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog – flyingratz.wordpress.com.
Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field and other sports venues around Chicago, he captures moments in the built environment.
And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.