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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Lexus reveals all-new IS

Lexus has revealed the newest model that not only receives the brand's signature "spindle grille" treatment but also draws inspiration from the LF-CC concept car that debuted at last year's Paris Motor Show: the all-new IS.

With its cabin pushed toward the rear and its character line flowing from the hood all the way back to the taillight clusters, the all-new IS conveys both elegance and dynamism. Complementing the grille is a new, powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with Lexus's signature L-shaped daytime running lights presented just below it.

The all-new IS's increased width and longer wheelbase create more room for rear seat passengers and improve the car's cargo-carrying capacity. Lexus also claims the all-new IS delivers best-in-class knee room, thanks to the thinner front seat design. The driver's seat is also more comfortable and provides better lateral support. With the seat's hip point and the new steering wheel's angle now lower, as inspired by the LFA--not to mention the increased steering wheel reach adjustment--the car has a sportier driving position than before. The center console also features a Lexus first: electrostatic switches that need just a finger touch to adjust the air-conditioning temperature.

Lexus has also revealed an F Sport model based on the all-new IS. To make it stand out from the standard IS, the F Sport model's spindle grille has a higher "waistline," creating "a larger lower grille that can draw in the greater volume of cooling air needed for sportier driving."

The IS F Sport also has an exclusive seat design that provides extra support. Made using an integrated foaming method "that ensures there are no gaps between the upholstery and the filling," it supposedly gives both excellent comfort and great lateral holding. Another nod to the LFA is a driver's meter with a moving center ring.

The all-new Lexus IS will make its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, which opens its doors next week. 

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