Lexus taking ‘strategic look’ at IS and GS sedans
The writing could be on the wall for the Lexus IS and GS sedan ranges.
In an interview with Automotive News, Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager, David Christ, said the brand is taking a “strategic look” at its IS and GS range. When compared to other luxury automakers like BMW, which has the X1 through 6 allotted to the crossover market, Christ added Lexus is “more focused on maximising the opportunities we have than comparing ourselves.”
The current IS debuted back in 2013 while the GS is two years older still. The models have been longtime members of the Lexus stable but in a world where consumers want crossovers, Lexus is looking at subbing them out for more small SUVs.
Currently, the automaker only offers the NX in the compact SUV segment but has plans to bring the smaller UX crossover to market soon.
To help cover its sedan bases, the ES range could be expanded to offer an AWD variant, and even spawn an F Sport variant.
"We can't do it all at once, but we're certainly evaluating both vehicles," Christ said.