The 2019 Lexus IS will most likely receive some smaller updates. This famous compact luxury sedan is present for almost two decades on the market. It originally came in 1998 and it is currently in the third generation.
The current model is present since 2013. However, it already received a mid-cycle update last year, when we saw several changes in terms of styling, interior features etc. Latest reports suggest that the company prepares a next-generation for 2021 model year. This means that the new model will come in 2020.
Until then, we will not see bigger changes, although 2019 IS should receive few updates, according to some reports. We still don’t know what kinds of changes will be made. However, we will most likely see some changes in terms of standard features and maybe the introduction of some new technologies. Rest of the car should remain the same.
2019 Lexus IS possible changes
This will probably be the last modification of the current generation. The 2019 Lexus IS should come with several smaller updates. The current model is present since 2013, but we saw an update in April 2016. For this occasion, the company introduced several novelties.
There are various new details when it comes to styling. The most notable are at the front, where this compact sedan receives new headlights, grille, hood, taillight etc. The updated model now completely follows design language of the brand. So, if we consider all these last-year changes, it is hard to expect some bigger modification until the redesign.
So, what to expect from 2019 Lexus IS? Most likely, we will not see any notable visual change on the car. Main changes on this model will be in terms of new equipment and maybe some new technology feature.
2019 Lexus IS features
A long list of equipment is definitely one of the main benefits from this sedan. It already has so much to offer in this aspect, but we could see even more with this update. The current base model comes with standard features like cruise control, and AM/FM/CD player with Bluetooth and USB. The IS also has a rearview camera, a moonroof, keyless ignition, LED headlights, synthetic leather, infotainment with a 7-inch display, and 17-inch wheels.
For this update, we could see some new standard features. The 2019 Lexus IS could come with things like blind spot monitors, automatic parking assistance etc. There are also various optional packages which include features like 10.3-inch display, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, navigation, heated steering wheel and many other things.
2019 Lexus IS engines
The 2019 Lexus IS will continue with the same engines. There are total five powertrain options in the offer. The smallest unit is a 2.0-liter engine with 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A famous 3.5-liter V6 comes in four output version. The base model features a version with max power of 255 horses and 236 pound-feet of torque. Also, there are versions with 306 and 314 horses.
This luxury sedan also comes in a hybrid version. It features company’s familiar system that consists of a 2.5-liter engine and one electric motor. A gasoline unit is good for about 175 horsepower, while the electric motor has a max output of 141 horsepower. The total output of this whole system is around 220 horsepower.
When it comes to the transmission, some versions come with new 8-speed automatic, some with older 6-speed automatic, while the hybrid uses CVT.
2019 Lexus IS release date and price
The 2019 Lexus IS will come somewhere in the second half of next year. We don’t expect changes in price, so base models will go around 39.000 dollars, while fully-equipped models will go up to 45.000 dollars.
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