Lexus on Monday unveiled a new generation of its IS small sedan, one boasting sharper looks than its predecessor, new infotainment technology and a chassis honed on the track.
The new IS is due in showrooms this fall as a 2021 model and will be the first Lexus sharpened for the track, according to the automaker.
To ensure the new IS meets this newfound focus, the car was developed extensively on the track, specifically at the recently established Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama, which contains a series of separate tracks including one designed to simulate the Nürburgring.
As a result, the new IS has benefited from increased body rigidity and suspension upgrades to enhance its driving characteristics over the previous IS, with which it shares a platform. The new IS measures 185.2 inches long and 72.4 inches wide, wider and longer by an inch than the previous model. The wheelbase is