A whole slew of new cars and concepts made their debut at the North American International Auto Show today, but one that proved to be particularly eye-catching was the upcoming 2014 Lexus IS line of sedans. From the looks of things, they’ll be catching the road just as well as they’ll be catching eyes.
The sedans have been engineered from the ground up to provide an enjoyable, well-controlled ride, or so says lead engineer Junichi Furuyama. That goes for any situation or condition – drivers can switch between several modes suited to different circumstances, like ECO, NORMAL, SPORT, and SPORT S+. Depending on which one you choose, the car’s performance will be altered to focus on gas mileage, smoothness, or performance and handling. G force Artificial Intelligence will handle gears and downshift patterns based on g-forces, if you’re looking for a little extra excitement in those sport modes.
In the United States, we’ll see the IS 250 and the IS 350, which will have 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter V6 gas engines. A hybrid IS300h is also being produced, but will only be released in Europe and Japan, along with a few other places scattered across the globe.
Inside, drivers will have access to either Lexus Display Audio or Remote Touch-controlled Navigation multimedia systems. Those won’t be as robust as what you might see in a new Ford or Chevy, but real-time weather and traffic information can be accessed for free, without any sort of subscription, which is a plus. Ten airbags and a blind spot monitor highlight some of the key safety features being piled into the new IS series.
You can expect to see the new 2014 Lexus IS models hit the road sometime this summer, for an as-of-yet undisclosed price.