The new IS, much like the Cadillac ATS, set the BMW 3 Series as its benchmark, trying to find the right balance between performance and luxury. It takes styling cues from the LF-CC concept, and takes interior hints from the LFA, including the same digital gauge cluster.
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Engine specs are yet to be released, but there will be two trim lines, with the IS250 offering a six-speed auto box, while the IS350 will come with an eight-speed auto.
Based on a shared architecture with the GS, the IS grows slightly for 2014 with a more rigid chassis and softer springs. The new IS also gets a Drive Mode Selector on IS250 models that will offer eco, normal and sport modes, while 350 models will gain sport plus.