UPDATE: We've added the Japan-market television commercial to the post. Click through to view.
Facelifts are a natural part of the course of life for every model of car, sometimes resulting in extensive visual changes inside and out (such as with the Holden Commodore VT through to VZ models), and other times with barely discernable alterations.
For 2009, Lexus has gone with the latter and pulled out the pen for a few minor tweaks to the IS. Believe you me, dear readers; you'll need to look close and be possessed of a keen eye for design to spot the differences.
At the front end, the shape of the frame surrounding the grille has been oh-so-subtly tweaked, with the main difference being a simple fattening up of the chrome, extending out further towards the headlights.
Toward the back, we see in the tail lights what is probably the most obvious of these barely perceptible changes. Where the current model's tail lights have a fairly mundane design to the refractive patterning of the lens covers, the 2009 model brings a touch of modernity to the styling of the covers and internal layout.
Featuring stylised L-shaped reverse lights and a more defined lustre to the brake and driving lights, the new tail lamps now seem to befit the level of class that the Lexus badge should evoke.
Moving around to the side/profile of the 2009 IS, we see redesigned side mirrors with integrated indicators (how these were left out of the current model boggles the mind), and all-new styling for the standard alloy wheels.
The 2009 Lexus IS will also feature a slight makeover to the interior, with new trim colours to choose from.
UPDATE: Here's a Japan-market commercial for the 2009 Lexus
Keep an eye out for this one at the Paris Motor Show in October.