Showing off their latest entry in the decreasingly popular compact luxury sport sedan niche from seven years ago, Lexus unveiled their all-new 2014 IS sedan on Tuesday in a low-resolution Skype call.
“Apologies for the delay — forgot my damn password,” said a spokesman at 8:14 P.M., fourteen minutes past the event’s scheduled start time.
“Also, sorry if you can’t hear anything. My Internet connection is kinda choppy.”
Rocking a swoopy, angular new look, the IS will come in several variants, the most powerful of which is the IS350. Its 311-horsepower 3.5 V6 engine bests the output of rivals such as the 2007 BMW 335i, though it does fall short of the comparably-priced 2004 Audi S4’s unit.
“The car will be substantially faster than the old one,” the spokesman continued. “By the old one, I mean the original IS300. The one from the early 2000s.”
New technology has made its way into the updated IS as well. The car now offers integration with mobile devices such as the iPhone 4S or the Samsung Galaxy S3. Rudimentary touch controls have also been integrated into the infotainment system.
“We are excited to show the IS350 F-Sport,” he said. “This dynamic trim level will feature performance-enhancing upgrades such as an ultra-saturated red interior and a prominently displayed analog clock.”
Lexus says the model will be sold nationwide at dealerships alongside the contemporary 2013 GS350 and 2006 GX470.