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Lexus IS facelift (2009): the spy photos

Published: 30 June 2008

Lexus will relaunch the IS compact exec with a facelifted version in autumn 2008. Expect to see the new saloon in the fourth quarter, which points to an unveiling at the Paris motor show 2008. 

This isn't a big facelift, with only some minor visual tweaks centering on the front end – hence the disguise around this prototype's snout. It's the sort of facelift where the indicators move to the door mirrors, that sort of minor detail shuffling.

Lexus IS facelift: the new engines

Lexus will also revise the range structure, with a simpler model ladder and we hear the current range of engines (a 2.5- and 5.0-litre petrol, plus 2.2-litre turbodiesel) will be only lightly revised.

Although every other Lexus model range now includes a hybrid, there are no plans for a petrol-electric IS just yet. However, CAR Online understands that a folding hard-top IS convertible is very much on the cards.

The IS is the mainstay of Lexus's UK range, selling around 8000 units a year. Expect prices to stick close to today's range of £24,000 to £51,000 for the madcap IS-F.

Click here to see CAR Online's video of the IS-F in action against the BMW M3 saloon and Mercedes C63 AMG.

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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