The Lexus IS entered its third generation way back in 2014. Despite Lexus steadily reworking its lineup lately to make it more modern and competitive, the IS has left on the redesign back burner along with its GS sibling. The 2021 Lexus IS will change that, as it will take center stage with a complete redesign.
The 2021 Lexus IS may not boast a dramatic redesign, but there will be plenty of notable changes, including a 1.18-inch longer and wider body than the previous model. Up front, the 2021 IS’ updates will include a reworked spindle grille with a three-dimensional structure and slim headlights that flow outward to meet the sharp side character lines.
On top of the strong side character lines, the 2021 Lexus IS’ profile view will boast new rocker panel accent lines that kick upward near the rear, shallow-raked rear pillars that give it a coupe-like look, and bold rear fenders.
Around back, the 2021 Lexus IS will boast a lowered hood lid to enhance its sportier design and a striking L-shaped blade-style light bar that spans the width of this compact sedan.
Inside, the 2021 IS will feature the same simple yet luxurious design included in all new-generation Lexus models. This new design will include a clean-cut center stack, a wide center console, minimal sharp angles on the dash, a thick-rimmed steering wheel, and Lexus’ signature analog clock. The IS will also gain a standard 8-inch touchscreen for those who refuse to use the infamously clunky Lexus touchpad.
Standard features inside the 2021 IS will include leatherette seating, a 10-way power driver’s seat, an eight-way power passenger’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, touch-sensitive controls, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and more. Optionally, buyers will be able to add a Mark Levinson premium audio system with 17 speakers and 1,800 watts, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, and more.
Of course, the F SPORT package will remain available. On the outside, the F SPORT will add unique 18- or 19-inch wheels, F SPORT badges, exclusive exhaust, and an aerodynamically enhanced rear bumper, grille surround, rear lip spoiler, and rocker moldings. Inside, the F SPORT will add unique front seats, gauges, accelerator pedal, black geometric window switch surrounds, active exhaust sound enhancer, and more.
The 2021 Lexus IS will come in a few flavors: IS 300, IS 300 AWD, and IS 350. The IS 300 will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’ll pump 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Powering the IS 350 will be a 3.5-liter V6 that’ll ship 311 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The IS 300 and IS 350 will include an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Just like the current model, the 2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD will drop the turbo engine in favor of a 260-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a dated six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Lexus IS will gain the new Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 that’ll include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and bicycle detection, evasive steering, automatic high-beam headlights, road-sign recognition, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning, and more. It’ll also include full-speed adaptive cruise control.