Since its introduction in 1998, Lexus’s IS model has been continually evolving with several noticeable refinements, yet still retains premium characteristics from the first model.
The first-generation IS model already received positive feedback from buyers and presses, making it reputable in the design department. In 1998, this model was chosen for Japan's Car of the Year, an outstanding step to leave an impression in the car market.
The executive sedan received a slight redesign five years after its debut. The fog lamps, headlamps, 11-spoke wheel design, and taillights were all refined, while the interior remained largely the same.
In 2005, the second-generation Lexus IS has an overall sharper and more angular exterior design. It kept the executive sedan elements from the previous generation while adding key athletic features that helped set it apart to this day.
In 2006, The performance-oriented IS F made its debut, with a further emphasis on its nameplate's sporty nature. The inline-six engines were phased out during this generation, and V6 engines were introduced in their place.
The third-generation Lexus IS entering the car market in 2013, showing what Lexus' greatest designers can do. It features the brand's spindle grille in the front, as well as crisp character lines all around the car.
The current IS F Sport model is equipped with a V6 engine that is capable of producing 300 horsepower. On the other hand, the IS 300h has a 2.5-liter hybrid engine that works in tandem with Lexus' E-CVT so as to maximize its efficiency.