The auto industry is just past the rather less-than-inspiring
2012 L.A. Auto Show
, and already, it's gearing up for the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, which, we hope, will have more in the way of interesting new cars.
Lexus is certainly looking to make the show a bit more interesting, with the global debut of the all-new Lexus IS planned for Tuesday, January 15.
Though Lexus has released only minimal information about the new IS, we do know it will be based on the LF-CC's design
, with cues borrowed from the LFA supercar.
As shown at the 2012 Paris Auto Show
, the LF-CC is a mid-sized coupe, with a steeply raked windshield, low front fenders, and an aerodynamic profile. A mesh grille is set off against LED projector headlights at the front, while a wide rear bumper hints at a sporty side. While the LF-CC has been shown only in coupe form, we expect the IS to continue with its familiar four-door layout in production guise, as seen in our spy shots
With a rear-drive layout, the LF-CC concept indicates the IS will be as well, though we're not sure the 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain
will make it to production in this model, at least at launch time. If it does, expect to also see a V-6-engine and possibly a turbocharged four-cylinder as the conventional choices.
Also possibly in the cards--though at this point, completely speculative--is an all-new IS F. If it does make it to the next generation of the IS, the F will likely drop the highly inefficient 5.0-liter V-8 engine. What might replace it? We'll have to wait to find out.
But then, waiting is the name of the game with the IS in general, now. Fortunately we're only six weeks away from the official unveiling. Check back here for live photos, video, and more, fresh from the floor of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show