The Lexus IS’ Back for 2021

2021_Lexus_IS_Teaser_1-1500x900 2021 Lexus IS | Manufacturer image

Sedans may be struggling in sales, but Lexus’ compact sports sedan is getting an update. We’ll have to wait for any real details about the latest IS, however; Toyota’s luxury division said in an announcement that the 2021 Lexus IS will be new, but nothing else about the forthcoming model. The automaker also released a teaser image of the sedan’s new full-width taillight design.

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There’s no word yet on the sedan’s powertrains. The current rear-wheel-drive IS 300 uses a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the all-wheel-drive IS 300 uses a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions of the IS 350 are powered by a 311-hp, 3.5-liter V-6.

Lexus initially announced June 9 as the reveal date for the 2021 IS, but subsequently delayed the unveiling.

“Lexus has respectfully postponed the world premiere of the new IS, which was originally scheduled for June 9. Revised timing will be announced soon,” the brand said in a statement. will have full coverage of the new IS once it’s revealed, so check back in with us later.

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Editor’s note: This article was updated June 9, 2020, to reflect the postponement of the reveal.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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