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2021 Lexus IS teased again, new launch date set

The 2021 Lexus IS will now be revealed on June 15, US time, and looks as though it will feature a heavily revised body on today's underpinnings.


A new teaser video for the 2021 Lexus IS has been released overnight, and it shows off a few more of the sedan’s styling details.

The IS reveal was originally scheduled for June 9, US time, but was placed on hold due to the racial inequality protests held after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Lexus has confirmed the IS will now be unveiled on the evening of June 15, New York time.

In the teaser we are shown the car’s rear passenger window. From this the 2021 IS looks to have a less prominent shoulder line, and a reshaped door for easier ingress and egress.

The company has also revealed the 2021 model’s tail-lights, which now stretch across the vehicle’s entire width.

The car in the teaser wears IS350 badging.

Reports have indicated the 2021 IS will use an updated version of today’s rear- and all-wheel drive platform rather than shifting to one of the rear-wheel drive TNGA architectures.

In this scenario, the 2021 model will carry over today’s drivetrains, which include  the 164kW 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid (IS300h), 180kW 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder (IS300), and 232kW 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 (IS350).

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