The first official images of the facelifted Lexus IS have leaked on the web
1 September 2008

These are the first official picture of the new Lexus IS. At first glance the car looks very similar to the current model, but it actually boasts a slightly altered front grille and redesigned wing mirrors with integrated indicator lights.

Larger 17- and 18-inch alloys are also part of the upgraded package, which also includes an updated range of exterior and interior colours.

As these new images reveal, the new compact executive saloon gets new tail light clusters as well as a restyled front bumper to keep it fresh.

There's no confirmation when Lexus will launch the facelifted IS but we expect its official unveiling to take place at next month's Paris motors show.

Our Verdict

Lexus IS 2005-2013

The Lexus IS is a sleek junior exec that makes for an interesting alternative but lacks a decent diesel option

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19 April 2010

Wow, the current car goes on until 2018!? Or is the next generation looking exactly the same?

As you're reporting in the very distant future, you don't have the lottery numbers do you? ;)

19 April 2010

Can you confirm, is this simply a face lift of the current car, or is it completely new car? as from where i am sitting this looks very much like a facelift, and if so very poor show Lexus, and if not MAKE IT LOOK A BIT DIFFERENT!

19 April 2010

The biggest issue with the current car is the lack of legroom in the rear, less I think than the rest of the cars it competes with. Having sat in the back it is worse than my 159 which is tight and the 3 series and A4. Attention should be paid in this area rather than updating an already decent looking car. Overall the packaging really is bad.

27 April 2010

I think this is only bad editing. The pictures are clearly out of date. They are certainly not new.

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