The 2021 Lexus IS is not ALL new and instead uses a heavily re-engineered N-platform as the current IS use, it means a stiffer and sportier ride, specifically 20% lighter springs, 18% lighter A-Arms, and 17% lighter stabilizer bars. But regardless of this and the old powertrains, the new in-person shots look. STUNNING especially in red! Upfront is new L shaped LED lights with the L part above the headlight beams. Outback is a full width LED light bar and a truck shape similar to the new ES though much more sporty.
The F Sport treatment is now offered only with the top engine, while the IS300 continues to offer four-cylinder RWD and V-6 AWD configurations. The Lexus IS benefits from more attractive exterior styling for 2021, but its powertrains remain the same as before and the chassis and interior are only tweaked slightly. Lexus is reorganizing the somewhat confusing lineup to go with this update: it still includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6 in two different states of tune, but the trim levels are rearranged, with the most powerful IS350 (pictured) coming standard with the F Sport package and the lower-powered IS300 models not offering that upgrade at all anymore.
The base IS300 (₦18 million RWD) is the same as the 2.0L Turbo 4 makes 241HP and 258 lb-ft of torque in the RWD form. The IS300 AWD (₦18.9 million) gets a 3.5L V6 making 260HP and 236 lb-ft of torque meanwhile the IS 350 (₦19.4 million RWD/ ₦20.2 million AWD) gets the same engine with 311HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. The IS 500 is possibly coming later on with the final application of the Lexus 5.0L n/a V8 making around 470HP. The RWD models get an 8 speed auto while the AWD gets an old 6 speed Auto.
The Interior grew on me quickly thanks to the new images. Lexus has redone the center console to add the track pack interface with an 8in touch screen or 10.3in touch screen and shifted buttons around. There also is a new infotainment system with Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and Alexa standard along with a redesigned upper dash, a new steering wheel, and circular air vents. The dynamic handling package on the F-Sport gets a rear LSD, BBS wheels, and adaptive suspension. It goes on sale. this fall.