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Did anyone else notice blacked-out tail lights in the brouchure?
 

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The wheels look different too!!! Must be the 16's...

Leather-wrapped shift knob!!! yeay!!!


[ July 24, 2001: Message edited by: Gennady ]
 

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When I saw these at the auto show they had different front bumpers. I'm glad they didn't change them. I like the rear bumper on the Sport Cross.
 

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Awesome info!! Thanks a lot!

Did anybody notice the new chrome trim around the grill? (I assume that’s what they meant by the “new” grill).. I like it. It makes the car a little bit more sophisticated… It distinguishes it from the protégé rip-off.
 

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The '02 Altezza has black backgrounds for the taillights on the dark-colored exteriors, while the the light-colored exteriors retain the chrome background...



...so naturally, the IS300 will follow suit.
 

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Take a look at the 2001 Is 300 and you will see chrome trim around the grill. I think that the red makes the chrome stand out
 

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Originally posted by Gennady:
Awesome info!! Thanks a lot!

Did anybody notice the new chrome trim around the grill? (I assume that’s what they meant by the “new” grill).. I like it. It makes the car a little bit more sophisticated… It distinguishes it from the protégé rip-off.
I think that chrome is on the 01 models too though. Check through some of the pics on the .net gallery. There's a shot of a black one that has it.
 

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My 01' SBM has the chrome around the grill as well, I think LexusGuru is correct that the brighter RED color helps it stand out.

Did anybody notice the new chrome trim around the grill? (I assume that’s what they meant by the “new” grill).. I like it. It makes the car a little bit more sophisticated… It distinguishes it from the protégé rip-off.
 

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actually fellas the grill on the 2002 model is black instead of grey like ours, That is what indeed makes the chrome stand out more
 

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I noticed another new option for 2002 listed on that page too --> Vehicle Skid Control -- what's new info to me is that they are offering it to the AUTOMATICS (at least according to that page). In fact, after listing VSC, it says after it in parentheses "automatic transmission only."

Too bad the one option I'd like on my automatic, the "leather wrapped shift knob," is stated to be ONLY available for "manual transmission only"
If anyone knows where you could get a similar black leather cover for the shift knob, please let me and the others know --> my direct email: [email protected]
 

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Judging by the looks of the leather knob for the automatic (as seen in the Altezza interior pics), it appears to be the same as the ones found on the GS and LS sedans (sans wood trim). You could probably find a black one at the dealer to see if it fits. If not, I'm pretty sure you can get it somehow online.

Originally posted by ExBenzBoi:

Too bad the one option I'd like on my automatic, the "leather wrapped shift knob," is stated to be ONLY available for "manual transmission only"
If anyone knows where you could get a similar black leather cover for the shift knob, please let me and the others know --> my direct email: [email protected]
[ July 24, 2001: Message edited by: JW ]
 
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