Oh, You Were Expecting a New Lexus IS Today, Weren't You?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
oh you were expecting a new lexus is today werent you

Remember when, suddenly, news of new sedans poured forth from more than one corner? That was a hell of a week.

Today was supposed to bring about the reveal of the next-generation Lexus IS — a product tasked with keeping Lexus’ sporty sedan mojo alive, given the recent demise of the GS. Alas, the debut was not to be. Lexus scrapped Tuesday’s debut.

In an exceedingly brief statement, the brand said it “has respectfully postponed the world premiere of the new IS, which was originally scheduled for June 9.”

“Revised timing will be announced soon,” Lexus said.

While an in-person debut of this and every other new model is a no-go in the age of coronavirus, the IS’ delay is clearly the product of civil unrest in the United States stemming from the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Waves of protests continue as destructive rioting seems to have diminished, but the public consciousness remains fixated on the issue, at least for the time being.

That said, it’s still odd to see the debut of a car delayed because of a social issue, regardless of its legitimacy. It looks like parent corp Toyota wasn’t willing to risk the possibility of being called insensitive for going about the business of an automaker amid the tense atmosphere — an atmosphere that carries over heavily to social media, where plugged-in auto journos appear almost wholly preoccupied with the protests. Toyota read the room.

As for the car itself, the only thing we know about the next-gen IS is that the feature this writer hated most about the current-gen model seems to be rectified in the form of a full-width LED taillight setup. Expect to see a rescheduled debut before the end of the month.

[Image: Lexus]

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  • The_Imperialist The_Imperialist on Jun 09, 2020

    Seriously ? This is about COVID-19 and nothing more. As for the tragic murder of Mr. Floyd, don't worry;the media will never let go of it.

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    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Jun 09, 2020

      @slavuta The history is to be made when red necks lose patience. Yes as if there isn't a whole dang sports league (NASCAR) that exists because of breaking the law (running moonshine) booby trapping stills and exercising 2nd amendment rights (inevitably killing members of law enforcement.) Heck the town I went to college in (which was located in Ohio and only about an hour from the MI line) the largest old stately homes along the river had been built with ill gotten gains from Prohibition. But yes everybody's hands are clean save the protesters.

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jun 09, 2020

    Could just be delaying it to clear out the previous model that nobody buys.

    • Conundrum Conundrum on Jun 10, 2020

      Certainly the way Avalons were being sold in Canada. In February the Toyota Canada website had only 2019 models for sale, with a scarcely believable magnificent whole $5K off list. You'd do better at a normal Toyota Red Toe-Tag sale. So $45 and $40K for last year's car. Wonderful. The cheaper deluxe model had many features the higher-priced techie model really needed, and vice versa but much less so, but at least the expensive one had a grille that didn't promote instant barfing. Confronted with a car that didn't know what it was and being asked to pay more for mostly less in the techie version, customers stayed away in droves. Funny how that works. Haven't seen a Lexus IS in years that I noticed. Except for the last bad redo and a better Camry engine sometime or other, who cares, the car is essentially straight out of 1999, and made for folk of essentially small stature. Nobody much was ever going to bite on that combo, except for a societal brain seizure for the 2007 model year, and so it has proved long term. It's perfect for that someone or other you've never met. The new one seems like yet another re-jig, the fourth, or is it the sixth rehash? Even the Wiki page is a complete snooze complete with an attempt at forced up-beat-ness. And everyone yawns and turns over to get another five minutes of shuteye. Maybe Toyota showed it to their dealers already by video, and got zero orders for stock in return. Most likely explanation for delaying the intro. Nobody gives a rat-sass.

  • Lou_BC Murilee is basically correct on the trim levels. People tend to refer to Ford's full-sized cars as "Galaxie 500" or "Galaxie's" even though that's just the mid level trim. I was never a fan of the '69 snout or any of the subsequent models. The vacuum controlled headlight covers typically failed. It was a heavy clunky system also found on the Mercury's like the Cougar. The XL's and LTD's could be purchased with factory bucket seats and a center console with a large shifter, similar to the type of throttle on an airplane. The late 60's era Ford cars had coil springs in the rear which rode nice. The shape of the fender wells did not lend themselves to fitting larger tires. The frame layout carried on to become the underpinnings of the Panther platform. I noticed that this car came with disc brakes in the front. There was a time when disc's were an upgrade option from drum brakes. Ford's engines of similar displacement are often assumed as being from the same engine families. In '69 the 429 was the biggest engine which was in the same family as the 460 (385 series). It was a true big block. In 1968 and earlier, the 428, 427, 390's typically found in these cars were FE block engines. The 427 side oiler has always been the most desired option.
  • Drew8MR Minivans are expensive new if you are just buying them for utility. Used minivans are often superfund sites in back compared to the typical barely used backseats in a lot of other vehicles and you aren't going to get a deal just because everything is filthy, broken and covered in spilled food and drink.
  • Arthur Dailey This is still the only 'car' show that our entire family enjoys. This is not Willie Mays with the Mets style of decline. More like Gretzky with the Blues. It may not be their 'best' work but when it works the magic is still there.
  • Cprescott Are there any actual minvans left? Honduh and Toyoduh are bloated messes - the Kia Carnival as well. These vehicles are within inches of a 1960's short wheelbase Ford Econoline in size. Hardly mini.
  • Arthur Dailey Ford was on a roll with these large cars. The preferred colours being either green or brown. The brown was particularly 'brougham'. Chrysler vehicles also seemed particularly popular in green during that era. Ford's 'aircraft' inspired instrument 'pod' for the driver rather than the 'flat' instrument panel was deemed 'futuristic' at the time. Note that this vehicle does not have the clock. The hands and numbers are missing. Having the radio controls on the left side of the driver could however be infuriating. Although I admire pop-up/hideaway headlights, Ford's vacuum powered system was indeed an issue. If I left my '78 T-Bird parked for more than about 12 hours, there was a good chance that when I returned the headlight covers had retracted. The first few times this happened it gave me a 'start' as I feared that I may have left the lights on and drained the battery.