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First Look: 2006 Lexus IS

Toyota's next generation Altezza, aka Lexus IS300 gets a major makeover for the '06 model year. Resembling a shrunken 2006 GS Series in the styling department, the new miniature Lex will be offered in sedan, coupe, and convertible, with the latter featuring a retractable hardtop a 'la Soarer/SC430. Which one goes on sale first? The sedan, of course. The SportCross wagon is not likely to be offered in America anymore as sales didn't meet predicted targets. Besides, if you want a wagon, buy the RX330. The old inline-6 will be disposed in favor of the 3.3 liter DOHC 24-valve V6, this time fitted with VVT-i to produce a robust 240 horsepower driving the rear-wheels, hence the nomenclature change to IS330. Heading the Japanese enthusiast's list is the all-new IS430, which houses Toyota's silky-smooth 4.3 liter four-cam 32-valve V8 VVT-i. Toyota states the reason why the current IS doesn't have an eight is the overall high cost for repackaging the engine bay as the Altezza was designed to use inline-4 engines to begin with. The new car puts that trouble to rest as penmanship was conceived in California with plans for a top-of-the-line IS430 from the ground up. Output for this little Autobahn animal will be 300 hp, making it a stout competitor if not the most powerful in its class. A unflappable drivetrain mated with a lightweight chassis should yield optimum results in grin-inducing muscle car-like acceleration. Transmission options will likely to remain 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with E-Shift sequential toggle controls. Don't be surprised to see an all-wheel-drive version added to the mix in the near future, but that's likely to be only available on the V6 and not the V8 as with the new GS. Pricing should hover around $30,000 for a base IS330 while a fully-loaded IS430 can run you into the $40k mark.

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hyddenmynd87 From: hyddenmynd87 Date: November 1st, 2004 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
The back end has a Infiniti G35 esque look too it, while the front seems to have borrowed from the current generation ES330 with the wrap around headlights. I'm hopeful that the IS doesn't grow too much so that it maintains it's market category against the 3 series and other sports sedans. The convertible will be a nice addition to the lineup. I'm sad to see that the SportCross didn't catch onto the market. I wonder if Lexus had stayed with it if it could have competed with the new wagons that Subaru just released. What does everyone think?

From: moparmaniac101 Date: November 1st, 2004 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the Lexus division would have given us the next SportCross if BMW brought over the new 3 Series Touring wagons, but seeing than Munich is no longer doing that, Toyota won't bother with it neither. It's kind of like how Ford gives the Canadians an X-Type Estate wagon and U.S. drivers make do with sedan only.

Things may change around with the arrival of new Subaru Impreza and Legacy wagons, as much as an Audi A4 Avant has been around. Heck, even Saab took up on an offer to get a rebadged WRX wagon called 9-2x. It seems most people that want extra cargo capacity would buy a RX330 or a Hylander SUV. What's even more interesting is a slated Lexus minivan based on the current Sienna, but fitted with it's unique brand sheetmetal, so it won't look much like a Sienna in terms of how the GX470's departure from the 4Runner.

But back to the new IS330 and IS430, they won't be much bigger at all, if even that, compared to the current car. It looks as if the wheelbase will be stretched but overall length is likely to remain similar, or even shorter.
From: azn2mit Date: December 21st, 2004 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
hey, droppin by b/c u hav a really updated v. of the new IS!!! ya!!!
the new lexuses hav been takin after infiniti, e.g. hpx concept, '06 gs, this '06 is, etc. etc.
this IS needz a more agressive look, but we'll find out what it can do when it comes out, which is what matterz.
thx for the info.
From: moparmaniac101 Date: December 21st, 2004 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
No problem. I have much more product information on other upcoming new vehicles on my community new_cars. Feel free to join.
From: ndnsapphire Date: December 31st, 2004 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I so wanna get that...but its an inline 4..o well
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