Latest reports are suggesting that the 2021 Lexus IS is about to come completely redesigned. This seems pretty logical, considering that the current generation has been on the market since 2013. The compact sedan has been in production for years but there were some rumors about discontinuation, due to crossover expansion. Fortunately, that won’t happen. This Sedan will continue to be in the company’s lineup, and it is about to come better than ever, with new design, better performances and even more luxurious interior. We expect to see it sometime in the next year.
2021 Lexus IS Redesign
The 2021 Lexus IS redesign is about to bring a lot of novelties. Of course, we count on new styling as well. If we can rely on the latest reports, the new model will continue with a typical sedan layout. Still, we expect to see a full load of novelties. Most likely, there won’t be radical changes. The upcoming model will continue the evolution of current design language, based on the famous spindle grille layout. At this point, we don’t have details about potential changes in terms of size, but slightly longer wheelbase seems quite possible.
BMW Sourced Engine
There are many reports that are suggesting 2021 Lexus IS to get a completely new engine lineup, directly from the Bavarian carmaker. Allegedly, the new model will have a lot in common with the new Supra, especially in terms of drivetrain and other mechanical components. The current model comes with two engines in the offer. A small 2.0-liter turbo-four is reserved for base models, while a well-known 3.5-liter V6 comes in three output versions.
The new model is about to come with a BMW-sourced engine, allegedly. We are about to see the same inline-six that powers the new Supra. This engine delivers around 335 horsepower and it should be reserved for the flagship version, which will come as the 2021 Lexus IS 350. Also, we count on at least one more engine in the offer. That will probably be some turbo-four unit, though it is still unknown will this unit come from Toyota or Bavarian company. Also, we count on an 8-speed automatic transmission. RWD will be standard, while AWD layout should be in the offer as well.
Unlike the new Supra, the 2021 Lexus IS definitely won’t come with BMW’s cabin design. We are about to see Lexus’ new interior layout. Typically for the brand, the overall quality will be great. Count on hi-end materials and stylish design, just it is the case with the current model. On the other side, we expect big improvements in terms of tech features. This particularly refers to the infotainment system, which is currently very complicated to use and doesn’t come with essential smartphone integration features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As we already mentioned, the new model could become slightly bigger, which would be highly beneficial in terms of legroom and particularly cargo space. The current model features one of the smallest trunks in the class, with just 10.8 cubic feet behind rear seats.
2021 Lexus IS Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2021 Lexus IS release date, latest reports suggest that the new generation will come in the next year. However, it is still early for more precise dates. In terms of price, the new model shouldn’t feature bigger differences compared to the current one, which starts at around 38.500 dollars.