With an all-new model due out next year, the Lexus IS has only a few upgrades for 2013. IS models equipped with navigation now include Lexus' latest Enform infotainment system with automatic phonebook downloading via Bluetooth and HD Radio with iTunes Tagging. Additionally, the IS250's optional 6-speed manual transmission has been discontinued.
Having received several upgrades in 2011, including revised front and rear styling, minor interior updates, the addition of an all-wheel-drive option to the IS 350 and an F Sport package for both IS 250 and IS 350, Lexus gives it a rest in 2012. There are two new colors in 2012.
Since its introduction in 2001, the Lexus IS has emerged as a legitimate contender in the entry-level luxury market. However, with only a sedan body style, the Lexus IS yielded much of that market to, among others, the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In an effort to address the issue, Lexus has introduced the 2010 Lexus IS C, a sporty two-door convertible with a retractable metal hard top that is hoped will appeal to both coupe and convertible buyers. With a focus on style, luxury, technology and value, the IS C is the latest element in what Lexus hopes will be a compelling and well-rounded lineup for the IS range.