Lexus has started testing the next-generation IS and GS saloons at the Nurburgring, ahead of launches in late 2011 and 2012.
Scooped together at the same test sessions at the ‘ring, the two models are being developed as variants of the same platform, just like the current model.
Hidden under the disguise body panels of today’s models, are the new running gear and platform dimensions, which are understood to include a wider track, but similar wheelbase for the IS and a slightly stretched wheelbase for the GS.
With the new CT hatchback entering the range below the IS, there’s understood to be room to push both models up-market in tems of cabin space and overall dimensions.
Engines are tipped to mirror today’s cars, with the GS majoring on the V6-powered petrol hybrid, with capacity tipped to go up to 4-litres, while the IS could add a four-cylinder petrol-based hybrid.