The segment of small sedans is in a bit of decline in past few years, so 2020 Lexus IS will be a nice refreshment on the market, considering all the expected novelties to come. The famous entry-level sedan has been around for some time.
The original version was launched more than two decades ago, but there have been three generation only so far, which seems like a small number, considering the rest of the segment. Lexus insists on an 8-years production cycle, though the new model should come one year earlier, according to the latest reports. For this redesign, the company prepares a bunch of novelties. The most important is definitely a new twin-turbo V6 engine, which will be powering a performance version. Of course, expect a bunch of other novelties, which should be presented in a year or two.
2020 Lexus IS Gets a new Twin-Turbo V6 with 400 Horsepower
Despite its reputation as a dynamic small sedan, the current IS doesn’t actually have a performance version. The fans are eagerly waiting to see the famous F badge on this model once again. To remind you, the previous IS F came in 2007 and it features a huge V8 unit. A 5.0-liter engine, however, seems as a little bit too much for a vehicle of this size, so the new model will come with a smaller but more efficient V6 unit.
More precisely it will be a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. This is the same one we can find in the new version of the company’s full-size sedan LS. In this model, it delivers around 415 horsepower, while some reports suggest it will be slightly detuned for this occasion. That will probably go to 400 horses or something like that. When it comes to transmission, it is still unclear are we going to see a 10-speed or new 8-speed gearbox.
Besides this unit, we expect to see one smaller, probably four-cylinder gasoline engine in the offer. This one will be reserved for base models. Also, expect to see a new hybrid powertrain, with the new configuration and improved overall efficiency.
2020 Lexus IS Redesign
The new engine is, though probably the most interesting, just a part of a complete redesign that is on its way. The new 2020 Lexus IS is about to come with plenty of other novelties. Of course, one of them is Toyota’s new platform, which significantly improves driving dynamics. So, we could expect a lot of improvements in cornering, braking, and similar things. The new architecture utilizes a lot of light materials and comes with a completely new chassis, which will for this occasion come reinforced and with a completely new sporty suspension. In terms of size, we don’t expect bigger changes, though the new model will probably come with a little bit more efficient use of space, so few additional inches of cabin space looks like something we could expect.
Of course, there is a new styling to come as well. It is still early to talk about details, but we expect to see the latest version of the Lexus’ design language. This will include a lot of upgrades compared to the current version. The problem with making a prediction is basically because of the current model, which already follows the brand’s newest design philosophy. This would mean that the company won’t be fooling around with some styling experiments. It should focus on the further improvement of the current look, adding a bunch of subtle changes.
2020 Lexus IS Competition
The 2020 Lexus IS will continue to compete in the segment of compact luxury sedans. Some of the key competitors will be models like Infiniti Q50 and Jaguar XE. Also, count German models like BMW 3 Series, Mercedes Benz C-Class etc.
2020 Lexus IS Release date and price
The 2020 Lexus IS will hit the market in about two years, roughly. This redesign shouldn’t bring bigger price changes, so base versions should go around 38/39.000 dollars.