Lexus Previews the Next-Generation IS
Since the Toyota Altezza came to America a dozen years ago wearing a Lexus emblem and an “IS” designation, this refined sport sedan (and, since 2009, hardtop convertible) has earned an enthusiastic following. Its looks have never been of the light-my-fire variety, but spirited performance, peerless refinement, and indefatigable reliability have more than compensated for its mundane style sensibility. At this year’s Paris Motor Show, however, Lexus debuted a scandalously pretty coupe concept that more than hints at the next IS. It’s a knockout.