These spy shots show us one of the first mules of the new Lexus IS, whose third generation will be introduced in 2013 with a decidedly more sporty attitude than the outgoing version. The new sedan from the Japanese carmaker is being developed on a new platform that previous rumors said it is quite similar to the one which spawned the Toyota GT 86: a few weeks ago website MotorAuthority reported that the IS was going to be longer and wider, but the general layout of the model - and, obviously, its rear-wheel drive architecture - will be pretty much the same.
As for now there is no info concerning the engine range of this model, while the aesthetics of the car should adopt the same design language used for the Lexus GS. However, it is fair to assume that the new IS will come with an hybrid powertrain as well, and it is quite likely that an all-wheel drive variation will also be made available. The most sporty version of the range, the IS-F, will come with a manual gearbox option beside the automatic one, that was the only one available for the previous generation.