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 |  Apr 16 2012, 8:02 AM

Looking like a botched body-kit, our photographers have snapped several spy photos of the next-generation Lexus IS.

A test mule for the next-generation 3 Series fighter, there’s not a lot than can be seen from this new model, sporting a hacked-up version of the current car’s bodywork.

What we do know is that when the new IS arrives, likely some time in 2013 as  2014 model year car, it will get a look more in keeping with the rest of the Lexus lineup, using the spindle grille first shown on the new GS.

As for engine choices, there will likely also be a choice of either a 3.5-liter V6 or 2.5-liter 4-clylinder. In addition, you can bet on an IS300h. In Europe Lexus is committed to a hybrid-only lineup and so if the Toyota luxury division intends to sell the IS there, which is most certainly does, a hybrid version is necessary. That powertrain is expected to be similar to that in the new ES300h, making 200 hp and delivering around 40 mpg average.

Rumors that the next-gen IS will ride on a stretched version of the Scion FR-S platform are unconfirmed, but based on our review of the FR-S, that would make for an excellent handling sports sedan.

GALLERY: 2014 Lexus IS Spy Photos

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 |  Nov 10 2010, 10:53 AM


A slew of new product info and rumors have popped up, detailing big (and little) changes across Acura’s product portfolio. Updates are planned for the TL, while the there’s more news about the new sub-TSX model, as well as a new direction for Acura’s flagship RL.

Starting with the new small sedan, a source tells TempleofVtec that the design will be “edgy” yet the car will be affordable – hinting that this might just be the next generation of the Civic-based CSX (currently sold in Canada). The car will reportedly also be offered as a gasoline model and a hybrid and was described as an “aggressive IS350.”

As a RWD model is out of the question from Honda, we’re really hoping for an AWD car with the impressive 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder from the RDX. We won’t hold our breath though.

As for the RL, Acura may have finally figured out a space for the car in the marketplace, choosing not to peg it against other flagships like the S-Class, 7 Series or Lexus LS, but rather against a new line of coupe-styled luxury sedans. In other words, the next-generation Acura RL would be a Mercedes CLS rival. There’s a strong possibility Honda will debut a new full-hybrid system in this car, mated to a V6 engine an using it’s SH-AWD system.

In more down-to-earth news, the TL is slated to get a 6-speed automatic transmission that should help improve fuel economy, while the overall design will be toned down, 19-inch wheels made standard and several new technology items offered.

[Source: TOV]