2021 Lexus IS debuts new stylish design but without power bump

Updated Jun 16, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It seems like the V8 Lexus IS is not happening anytime soon.

The Lexus IS started off as a rebadged model of the Toyota Altezza way back in 1999. It is introduced as an entry-level sport model in Lexus’ lineup. For the 2021 model, Lexus introduced the IS with its second facelift.

Looking at the 2021 model for the first time, it appears to be showing plenty of updates. The new Lexus IS comes with restyled headlights with triple-beam LED headlights as an option.

It also comes with a full-width LED taillight bar that seems to be the likely trend in today’s auto scene. The brand’s signature spindle grill got larger giving the new IS a more aggressive visual.

The new 2021 Lexus IS

The new design updates gave the IS a sportier look

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New 18-inch wheels come standard on lower trims while new 19-inch BBS wheels are equipped with its Sport variant. Aesthetically speaking, the IS still gives a distinct Lexus design despite having new and muscular body profiles.

Under the hood, however, could be a disappointment to some as the 2021 model was rumored to be equipped with a V8 engine found on the Lexus GS F. Rather, the IS still uses the exact engine from its previous model.

Interior view of the Lexus IS

How do you like its new Circuit Red interior color?

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The base rear-wheel-drive IS 300 uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp and 386 Nm of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive IS 300 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 260 hp and 320 Nm of torque that is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The top-spec rear-wheel-drive IS 350 uses the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 hp and 380 Nm of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, it kept most of its interior design other than the new circular air vents, restyled trim in the door cards, and new stitching across the dash. It also comes with a new Circuit Red interior color, and a new HVAC panel. The touchpad and cupholders have also been rearranged.

Rear view of the Lexus IS

Needless to say, this instantly leaves a sport sedan impression

Tech features of the IS received a significant amount of updates. The 2021 Lexus IS comes with a standard eight-inch infotainment touchscreen that is now configured closer to the driver by three inches.

It also comes with an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen. Both infotainment systems can be navigated using a touchpad and support Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa.

With no remarkable performance updates, it will be interesting to see how the new Lexus IS will compete in the sport sedan market. The Lexus IS is expected to go on sale in late 2020 with its official pricing yet to be disclosed.

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Know more about Lexus IS

Lexus IS

The Lexus IS, which stands for Intelligent Support, is a compact and premium executive sedan meant to challenge the posh releases of leading European car manufacturers. It flaunts a meticulously crafted exterior designed with the perfect balance of grace, sophistication, and sportiness the Japanese carmaker is internationally known for. Inside, it is designed with a luxurious cabin with contemporary features that assures leveled up comfort, overall convenience, and top-notch safety. Lexus Philippines offers this well-built sedan in two exciting models: the Lexus IS 350 and the Lexus IS 350 F Sport. It is available in White Nova Glass Flake, Mercury Gray Mica, Platinum Silver Metallic, Sonic Titanium, Heat Blue Contrast Layering, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Graphite Black Glass Flake, and Black.

From ₱2,948,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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