The current Lexus IS first went on sale in 2014, receiving a significant design overhaul for the 2021 model year. The sedan slides into 2023 with few changes, but the luxury automaker is introducing a new Special Appearance Package for the IS 350 and IS 500.
This package is all about enhancing the look of the sedan, finishing the IS 500 F Sport Premium in Molten Pearl exterior paint and the brand’s black NuLuxe interior. The car also sports 19-inch matte black BBS forged wheels, matching color-trimmed floor mats, and matching key gloves. Lexus will limit production of the special IS to 150 units.
A Special Appearance Package will also be available on the IS 350 F Sport. Lexus will produce more of these – 480 examples – and also receive unique styling adjustments. Lexus will finish it off with an Incognito exterior paint with a black Obsidian hood and black NuLuxe roof and interior accents. Nineteen-inch Enkei wheels in dark tones complete the minor visual upgrade.
Lexus made other changes to the IS lineup, but those were minor. On the IS 500, the automaker made 19-inch Enkei alloy wheels as standard while continuing to offer exclusive 19-inch matte black BBS forged wheels on both IS 500 F Sport Performance models, which first arrived as an exclusive unit for 2022. IS 500 Launch Edition .
For the 2023 IS 350, Lexus will sell the F Sport Design trim in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The automaker will also offer models with the Handling Package, which adds an adaptive variable suspension, limited-slip differential on RWD models, and Drive Mode Select. Those who get the Handling Pack can upgrade to 19-inch matte black BBS forged wheels.
Lexus didn’t say when the entire 2023 IS lineup would go on sale, but both Special Appearance Package models will hit showrooms this fall, which is just a few days away. When the car goes on sale, it will be slightly cheaper than the previous model, starting at $40,585 (price includes $1,150 destination fee). The previous entry-level 2022 IS started at $41,805. The top-tier IS 500 F Sport Premium will start at $62,770 for 2023.