Having launched Lexus’ F brand of high-performance vehicles in 2007, the IS F is strangely absent from the current Lexus lineup, replaced by the RC F coupé. However, the big-power sedan could make a possible comeback in the future, according to a report by Japanese website Spyder 7.
The next IS F, due in 2022, will be part of the greater redesign of the IS, a new generation of which is apparently expected to debut in 2020 or 2021. Said to be based on a version of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the standard IS will be offered in two variants, claimed the publication.
The first is a hybrid model that will utilise a 185 PS 2.5 litre Dynamic Force engine paired to an electric motor – a powertrain that is similar to the Camry Hybrid‘s. Spyder 7 also reported that a new 322 PS 2.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will be offered as well, although we’d take that with a pinch of salt.
The IS F will sit at the top of this range, and is expected to ditch the old car’s 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 – still used by the RC F, GS F and LC 500, mind – for the LS 500‘s 3.5 litre twin-turbo V6. So equipped, it is said to churn out a heady 422 PS, and will likely be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, all this hinges on whether Lexus will build a new IS in the first place. In a report by Automotive News, the premium brand is said to be taking a “strategic look” at both the IS and GS, amidst growing customer preference for crossovers and a shift towards electric vehicles. The GS has already been axed in the European market, its place in the executive sedan market being taken up by the new ES.