2014 Lexus IS models officially debut

The time has come and Lexus has taken the wraps off of the third generation IS series for 2014. The styling is more cohesive with side accents and Lexus' catfish spindle grille the most obvious change with a revised interior that fits the model's entry luxury mission. The new IS also seems wider and doesn't have the cropped visage of the previous generation which should make it more competitive with the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series, and Acura's ILX. Where the Lexus tromps all over the ILX is in the area of performance and subsequent drive train options. The !S250 features Lexus' 2.5-liter V6 (204 hp, 185 lb.ft  of torque) that puts the power to the road through a six-speed automatic. The IS250 will hit 50 from a standstill in 7.7 seconds while returning an estimated 21 city/30 highway/24 combined fuel economy numbers. Jump up to the IS350 and you get the 3.5-liter V6 (306 hp, 277 lb. ft. of torque) that's matched to an eight-speed automatic with numbers of 50 reached in 5.6 seconds and EPA estimates of 19 city/28 highway/22 combined. Last year's F Sport model has been discontinued and relaced with an F-Sport package that gets you the F-Sport goodies (revised grille [see pic after jump], sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, special colors inside and out, and much more) with either engine. All-wheel drive is available with both engines. The Lexus IS models should be hitting your local dealer soon (check for availability) giving (at least) your local Acura dealer a few sleepless nights. For lots more information, check out the press release and spec sheets after the jump.

Source: Lexus - Press release, video, and spec charts after the jump.

Press Release:
Lexus Introduces All-New Third-Generation IS Sport Sedan for 2014

  • More dynamic driving experience, new multi-link rear suspension, eight-speed transmission (IS 350 RWD) and Drive Mode Select Bold new design with Lexus signature spindle grille and separated LED daytime running lights
  • Wheelbase increases by nearly three-inches for more rear legroom and cargo room
  • IS 250 and IS 350 models, with V6 engines and available All-Weather Drive
  • F SPORT across the model range
  • Industry first subscription-free real time traffic and weather on all multimedia systems
Lexus debuts the third-generation 2014 IS sport sedan, with a bold design highlighted by the new dynamic signature spindle grille and for the first time separated LED Daytime Running Lights. A combination of “aggressive elegance,” a more powerful road presence and a stronger brand identity help make the new IS models more alluring than ever.

Thanks in large part to substantially increased overall body rigidity, the 2014 Lexus IS provides a more dynamic driving experience with enhanced stability and body control while delivering improved ride comfort. New, laser-screw welding and adhesive body-bonding techniques, along with additional spot welding, have made the higher rigidity possible. An all-new multilink rear suspension, revised front suspension and steering derived from the well-received GS sedan are adopted in the smaller IS package. Two IS models are available for 2014. The IS 250 is powered by a smooth 2.5- liter V6 providing 204 hp @ 6,400rpm and 185 lb.-ft. torque @ 4,800rpm. The engine is matched to a six-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) that features a sequential manual-shifting mode with rev matched downshifts in SPORT mode.

The even more exciting IS 350 gets a 3.5-liter V6 with D4-S direct and port fuel injection. The 3.5 engine produces 306 hp @ 6,400rpm, 277 lb.-ft. torque @ 4,800rpm. The IS 350 inherits the eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission from the IS F high-performance model. This transmission features paddle shifters and the G-force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) system, which automatically selects the optimum gear and downshift pattern in response to G force. Available for both IS models, an electronically controlled all-weather drive system is designed to help enhance traction and grip under all driving conditions by automatically varying front-to-rear torque balance from 50:50 to as much as 30:70.

A new Drive Mode Select system features up to five driving modes. The IS 250 and IS 350 feature ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT modes. The IS 350 F SPORT features four drive modes: ECO, NORMAL, SPORT S, and SPORT S+. These drive modes are tailored to meet the driver’s preferred combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics. In addition, AWD models also feature a SNOW mode.

The available F SPORT package includes unique 18-inch wheels and special suspension tuning, unique interior and exterior design. It is available for IS 250 and IS 350 RWD and AWD models. The Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) featured on IS 350 F SPORT allows the driver to fine tune the IS FSPORT’s ride characteristics with a choice of two settings; Normal, for everyday driving comfort, and SPORT S or SPORT S+ mode, for optimized body control and agility. Exclusive for all IS 350 models and IS 250 F SPORT, is an intake sound generator that creates a more sporting engine note.

The Lexus LFA supercar provided design inspiration for the driver-focused Lexus IS cockpit. F SPORT models inherit the innovative TFT instrumentation with moving center ring from the LFA.

The driver can appreciate improved seating position and headroom, while the rear seat offers significantly improved roominess, ingress , and egress. Separating the shocks from the springs results in a larger trunk, as well.

New luxuries abound in the 2014 Lexus IS. A high-efficiency dual-zone climate control system uses new, touch-sensitive electrostatic temperature switches. The IS offers two multimedia systems. A standard high-resolution Lexus Display Audio (LDA) with controller or the optional Lexus navigation system.

The navigation system is operated via a second-generation Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) multi-function control device, which also allows control of the climate, audio, phone controls and more.

The available Mark Levinson® Premium Surround System employs new loudspeaker technology with 15 speakers and 835 watts, for even more life-like sound reproduction.

Ten Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags are standard. The IS models employ the innovative Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, which integrates Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) active safety systems with the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) or, where fitted (for IS 350 F SPORT), Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS).

The new IS may also be equipped with the available pre-emptive Pre-Collision System (PCS), which incorporates Adaptive Cruise Control. The model range adds several advanced new active safety features, including an Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system, a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system, a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system and a standard Auto Location Tire Pressure Warning System (AL-TPWS).


  • New construction techniques include laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding that help provide a substantial increase in overall body rigidity.
  • New rear sub frame and cowl side braces help to further enhance handling control and steering response.
  • Revised front suspension with a 20 percent increase in sway rigidity and a new multilink rear suspension to help provide increased grip and control.
  • New Electric Power Steering System for a smoother more accurate feel with greater feedback.
  • One 17-inch wheel design and three 18-inch wheel designs.

  • High- and ultra-high-tensile steel body structure help provide excellent optimal occupant protection.
  • Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Adaptive Cruise Control; PCS enables deceleration when the driver applies the brakes automatically activating Brake Assist which can increase the braking force under certain conditions if the system can help decelerate the vehicle.
  • Ten SRS airbags; two-stage dual SRS front airbags, driver and front passenger SRS knee airbags, front and rear (new) SRS side airbags, as well as full length SRS side curtain airbags.
  • New interior design with LFA-inspired, driver-focused cockpit and enhanced rear seat roominess and luggage capacity.
  • New quilted driver’s seat offers greater comfort and better lateral support.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with new, touch-sensitive electrostatic switches.
  • Lexus Display Audio (LDA) with display audio controller.
  • Available Lexus navigation system with Remote Touch Interface (RTI) and Enform App Suite.
  • 4.2-inch full color multi-information display including audio, trip, navigation, phone, ambient temperature.
Luxury Options
  • Mark Levinson® Premium Surround System with new, Unity, Wide Dispersion and Inverted Motor Structure loudspeaker technology with 15 speakers and 835-watts
Exterior Design
  • The wheelbase of the 2013 IS has been increased by nearly three inches. Width has been increased by nearly half an inch, for an aggressive stance.
  • The 2014 IS introduces a further evolution of the spindle grille from the GS and LS models, featuring a more three-dimensional design with a chrome-plated frame and darker gray insert from top to bottom.
  • Standard HID low/high beam headlamps with LED DRLs and available twin projector LED low/ high beam headlamps.
  • Eight exterior colors: Starfire Pearl, Ultra White Metallic (new and exclusive to F SPORT), Nebula Gray Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic (new), Atomic Silver (new), Obsidian, Matador Red Mica, and Deep Sea Mica.
Interior Design
  • Driver-oriented cockpit design inspired by Lexus LFA supercar.
  • Dashboard is divided into two distinct zones, a display zone and an operation zone, offering drivers more comfortable, ergonomically ideal interaction with the vehicle’s control systems.
  • Combination of longer wheelbase and a special front seat design increases rear seat legroom by 1.6 inches
  • Standard 60:40 split-folding rear seats.
  • Five interior colors: Black, Light Gray, Parchment, Flaxen and Rioja Red (exclusive to FSPORT)
  • Soft touch finishes throughout, including padding on the center console sides.
  • Silver metallic trim analog clock with surface-emitting illumination.
  • 48 month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
  • 72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
  • 72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

Wheelbase 110.2 in.
Overall Length 183.7 in.
Overall Width 71.3 in.
Overall Height (unloaded) 56.3 in.
Tread Width - Front 60.4 in.- Rear 61.0 in. 60.6 with 18-inch wheels/tires

Seating Capacity 5
Headroom - Front 38.2 in. with moonroof - Rear 36.9 in. with moonroof
Legroom - Front 44.8 in. - Rear 32.2in.
Shoulder Room - Front 55.9 in. - Rear 53.4 in.
Hip Room - Front 54.3 in. - Rear 54.0 in.
EPA Passenger Volume 90.2 cu.ft.
EPA Cargo Volume EPA N/A
10.8 cu.ft

Curb Weight / - IS 250 3,461 lbs./4,630 lbs.
  • - IS 250 AWD 3,649 lbs./4,685 lbs.
  • - IS 350 3,593 lbs./4,630 lbs.
  • - IS 350 AWD 3,737 lbs./4,735 lbs.
Weight Dist. - IS 250 54/46
  • - IS 250 AWD 55/45
  • - IS 350 54/46
  • - IS 350 AWD 55/45
Ground - IS 250 RWD/AWD 5.3 in./5.1 in.
Clearance - IS 350 RWD/AWD 5.3 in./5.1 in.
Fuel Capacity 17.4 gal.

Type, Materials V6 with aluminum block and cylinder
Designation 4GR-FSE
Valvetrain DOHC 24 valve with dual
continuously Variable Valve Timing
with intelligence (VVT-i)
Displacement 2.5 liters (2,499 cc; 152 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 3.27 in. x 3.03 in.
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Horsepower (SAE) 204 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 185 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Maximum Engine Speed (redline) 6,600 rpm
Fuel System Stoichiometric direct-to-cylinder
injection system
Fuel Requirement Premium 91-octane unleaded
Emission Certification ULEV II

Type, Materials V6 with aluminum block and cylinder
Designation 2GR-FSE
Valvetrain DOHC 24 valve with dual
continuously Variable Valve Timing
with intelligence (VVT-i)
Displacement 3.5 liters (3,456 cc; 210 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 3.70 in. x 3.27 in.
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Horsepower (SAE) 306 @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 1277 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Maximum Engine Speed (redline) 6,600 rpm
Fuel System  Stoichiometric direct-to-cylinder
injection system (plus secondary port injectors)
Fuel Requirement Premium 91-octane unleaded
Emission Certification ULEV II

Overall Exterior Styling/Body Design
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Moonroof (power tilt and retract)
  • Color coordinated front airdam
  • Color-keyed outside rearview mirrors
  • Dual polished stainless steel exhaust pipes
  • Foglamps (non-F SPORT only)
  • HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights
  • LED brake, tail and license plate lamps
  • Color-keyed Shark fin antenna for SiriusXM Satellite Radio (complimentary 90-day trial subscription)
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps
Body Structure and Paint
  • Exterior colors (8): Starfire Pearl, Obsidian, Deep Sea Mica, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Matador Red Mica, and for F SPORT models, Ultra White
  • Flush surface body panel and glass
  • Galvanized steel used in all areas of the body except the passenger compartment and the roof
  • One-piece color-keyed Super Olefin Polymer front and rear bumpers
  • Stainless steel exhaust system
  • PVC sealer and undercoating
  • Use of sound dampening asphalt sheets in roof and floor pan
    Convenience Features
  • Heated outside rearview mirrors
  • SmartAccess with push button start

Interior Trim

  • Matte Black trim (Base), Linear Dark Gray wood or Linear Brown wood (Luxury Package) or Silver Performance trim (F SPORT)
  • Fabric sun visors and headliner
  • Floor mats
  • Front (2) and rear (2) articulating assist grips
  • Interior colors: Black, Light Grey, Parchment, Flaxen and for F SPORT package models, Black, Light Gray and Rioja Red
  • NuLuxe trimmed seating
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Heated front seats (AWD only)
  • Height adjustable front shoulder belt anchors
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
Instrumentation and Controls
  • Automatic climate control display: speed and air flow indicators
  • Battery, oil level, seat belt, brake, airbag SRS, side airbags SRS, engine, oil pressure, low fuel, tire pressure and tire slippage (with TRAC) warning lights
  • DC outlet and 1 AUX and 2 USB jacks in console box
  • Door open, TRAC off, high beam, hazard and cruise control indicator lights
  • Analog clock, exterior temperature gauge
  • Foglamp indicator (non-F SPORT only)
  • Headlights-on indicator in instrument panel
  • LCD-type electronic digital twin trip meters and odometer display (non-F SPORT only)
  • Optitron gauges featuring a 160-mph speedometer, 8,000-rpm tachometer, fuel and coolant temp gauges
  • (non-F SPORT only)
  • LFA inspired TFT combination meter (F SPORT only)
  • Scheduled maintenance indicator light
Convenience Features
  • Articulating assist grips (two front/two rear)
  • Bluetooth® wireless phone technology
  • Covered center console storage box
  • Cruise control
  • Cup holders located in the center console (2)
  • Door courtesy lights, glove box light and trunk light
  • Dust/pollen interior air filter
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror with compass (without Navigation)
  • First aid kit
  • 60/40 Split Foldable rear headrests
  • Front and rear dome light and individual map lights integrated into headliner
  • Front center armrest
  • HomeLink programmable garage door opener
  • Illuminated outside mirror button controls
  • Lexus Personalized Settings (LPS) to allow certain electronic settings to be tailored to owner preference
  • (programmable by Lexus dealers)
  • Manual tilt and telescoping adjustable steering wheel
  • Power door locks with anti lock-out
  • Power windows with auto up/down with jam protection
  • Rear armrest with storage box
  • Remote trunk lid release
  • Retained accessory power for operation of power windows and moonroof
  • Retractable coat hooks
  • Stainless steel scuff plates (front doors)
  • Speed-sensitive, shift-linked automatic door lock/unlock
Lexus Display Audio

7-inch VGA screen
  • 8 speakers
  • TBD-watts
  • AM/FM in-dash CD
  • Digital signal processing with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL)
  • HD™ Radio (complimentary traffic and weather)
  • Integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included)
  • iTunes tagging
  • MP3/WMA and dual USB/iPod® audio input plugs
  • Rear glass-imprinted radio antenna with separate FM diversity antenna
  • Streaming audio via Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Voice Recognition

  • Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) and Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) function for all positions except driver (driver's only equipped with ELR)
  • Child Restraint Seat (CRS) top tether anchor brackets (adopted to comply with phase-in of the new CRS
    Anchorage Points Regulation)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Driver’s and front passenger’s airbag, Driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbag, Front seat-mounted side airbag, Front and rear (2) side curtain airbags and Rear side
  • Front and rear door side impact beams
  • Front and rear energy-managing crumple zones
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Impact absorbing door and body construction
  • Three-point belts for all seating positions, including center rear, front and outboard rear with force-limiting
    pretensioners; height adjustable front shoulder belt anchor
  • Location specific Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) with cut-off switch
  • Entry system with lock, two-stage unlock, trunk open and “panic” features, volume-adjustable confirmation tone and rolling code technology
  • Headlight-off delay feature (after locking vehicle, headlights remain illuminated for approximately 30 seconds before automatically shutting off)
  • Multifunction in-key remote
  • Remote-activated, SmartAccess-linked illuminated entry (dome-light ring illuminates when doors are unlocked, remains illuminated for 15 seconds or until door is opened)
  • Safety Connect with Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assist Button, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance (complimentary one-year trial subscription included)
  • Vehicle theft-deterrent system with engine immobilizer
  • Smart Stop Technology
  • 18-inch wheels with summer or all-season tires; IS 250 Mesh-style; IS 350 5-spoke
  • Back-up camera (for Display Audio)
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • All-Weather Package
  • Intuitive Park Assist –Front & Rear
  • Lane Departure Warning with Smart Beam
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Pre-Collision SystemNavigation System
  • Bluetooth® 3.0 hands free phone and automatic phonebook download capabilities
  • HD Radio™ with iTunes tagging (complimentary traffic and weather)
Navigation System
  • Lexus Enform with Safety Connect: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location,
    Emergency Assist Button (SOS), Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Destination Assist, eDestination, and Apps Suite (complimentary one-year trial subscription)
  • Lexus Insider™
  • NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, Stocks, and Fuel Prices (complimentary one-year trial subscription)
  • Back-up camera
  • Voice command casual-language Voice Recognition system
  • MP3/WMA and dual USB/iPod® audio input plugs
Mark Levinson® with Navigation system
  • Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound system (15-speakers, advanced discrete amplifier design with XXX-watts continuous power at less than 0.1% THD, 7.1-channel speaker architecture)
Premium Package
  • Twin projector LED Headlamps (low & high beam)
  • Heated/ventilated seats
Luxury Package (requires Backup Camera, Navigation, or Mark Levinson)
Twin projector LED Headlamps (low & high beam)
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Outside rear-view mirror functions (electrochromic, memory, reverse tilt-down)
  • Leather trimmed interior with contrast stitching
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Two position memory - Driver’s seat, mirrors and steering column
  • Seat heater/ventilation
  • Wood trim
  • Twin projector LED Headlamps (low & high beam)
  • F SPORT 18-inch staggered width split five-spoke wheels with summer or all-season tires
  • Unique front fascia and grille (F SPORT package deletes foglamps)
  • F SPORT front fender badges
  • F SPORT tuned suspension
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with SPORT+ driving mode(IS 350 RWD only)
  • LFA inspired TFT instrumentation
  • F SPORT 10 x-way driver (includes power lumbar) / 8 x-way passenger power heated sport seats with contrast stitching
  • Peforated leather steering wheel with F SPORT logo and shift knob
  • Aluminum sport pedals
  • Silver performance trim
  • Stainless steel scuff plates with Lexus logo
  • Black headliner
  • Intake sound generator (Standard IS 350)
  • high-friction(μ) brake pads
Variable Gear Ratio Steering (Requires IS 350 RWD + F SPORT)
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)
PERFORMANCE - IS 250 - IS 250 AWD - IS 350 - IS 350 AWD
0–60 mph (mfg. estimates) 7.7 sec. - 8.3 sec. - 5.6 sec. - 5.7 sec.
¼ mile 15.6 - 16.0 - 13.8 - 14.0
Top Track Speed (estimates) 140 mph - 131 mph - 143 mph - 131 mph
Estimated Fuel Economy*
(City/Hwy/Combined) 21/30/24 - 20/27/23 - 19/28/22 - 19/26/21
Coefficient of Drag (Cd) 0.28 - 0.29 - 0.28 - 0.29
*Manufacturer estimate. Actual mileage will vary.