The Lexus manufacturer is working on the next, fourth generation of its popular sedan. And it is the all-new 2020 Lexus IS. For now, there is no much information about its redesign, but one thing is almost certain. The new IS sedan is expected to get a new engine option and it is going to be the same unit which powers the LS 500 sedan model.
Engine options of the 2020 Lexus IS
The next generation of the 2020 Lexus IS will come with a range of engines beneath the hood. And there will be the same engines used in its predecessor and one new option as well. So, to start with the base 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which is able to develop 241 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and comes with RWD drivetrain. This engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
The next is a 3.5-liter V-6 unit. This one will use a 6-speed automatic transmission as the previous engine and has the output of 260 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It comes with AWD as standard and it is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Lexus IS 360 will get the same 3.5-liter V-6 which can make 311 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque. However, it will be available with FWD and AWD configurations. The FWD model works with an 8-speed automatic while the AWD is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The rear-wheel drive is rated at 20/28 mpg while the AWD gets 19/26 mpg.
On the other hand, this time we can expect a new engine, the same one found in the latest LS 500 sedan. And it is a 3.5-liter V-6 twin-turbo powertrain. This one will be able to make more than 400 horsepower.
Design of exterior and interior
As for the external appearance, the 2020 Lexus IS will feature the recognizable sharp styling. The front end will wear an attractive spindle grille and prominent headlamps. The F Sport model will get revised bumpers. LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, so as the LED fog lights will be standard.
The interior of the 2020 Lexus IS will be made of high-quality materials and equipped with advanced technology. There is a wide center console with a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The front seats are cozy and power-adjustable although the rear seats might provide limited leg and shoulder room.
On the technology front, the standard safety includes 17-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, a moonroof, LED headlamps, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, push-button start, and audio system with 8 speakers. The higher trims will add Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers, leather, wood trim, heated steering wheels, 10.3-inch touchscreen, HD radio, and so on.
Release date and price
It is not officially confirmed, but the 2020 Lexus IS should arrive sometime by the end of 2019. There is still no news about its pricing, but the current model starts at around $39,500.