The Lexus IS is anticipated to get its next full redesign sometime in 2020 or 2021. Unfortunately, the lack of spy shots or early specs gives us zero indications as to what the next IS will look like.
The current IS was introduced for 2014 in a major update that gave the car the latest iteration of the brand's signature spindle grille. However, a name change from the IS 250 to the IS 200t back in 2017 sought to inject a sense of sportiness by way of a 241 hp 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The previous base engine was a relatively underpowered V6 making just 204 hp.
For 2018, the IS 200t was rebadged into the IS 300, a nameplate previously used for the all-wheel-drive IS. As before, the rear-wheel-drive IS continues to feature a 4-cylinder turbo while opting for all-wheel-drive gets you a 260 hp V6. A power-packed variant like the old IS F last offered for 2014 remains off the table, leaving Lexus with no answer to competitors.
That said, the dominance of crossovers like the Lexus NX has made the IS a rare and unloved commodity on dealer lots. As a result, the IS is rarely stocked and tends to see deep discounts in the form of traditionally-uncharacteristic cash incentives. In some cases, buyers find that the best way to get their hands on an IS is to place a factory order.
Pictured: 2020 IS