2021 Lexus IS
The Lexus IS has been around for a very long time now, trying to fit itself as one of the cool guys that hangs out with the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, and BMW 3 Series. But, not many people see it as a worthy alternative to any of the three Germans.
Lexus is trying to change that image for the better part of the last decade with some major upgrades, but it has failed to make a mark. Now, the company has launched the 2021 IS model with refreshed looks on the outside, but pretty much the same on the interior and under the hood. Will the IS be a real threat to its rivals this time?
A New Lexus IS Is Coming in 2021, and the IS 500 Will Be a Bittersweet Surprise
While we were worrying about the pain in the ass that is the new coronavirus, back in March, a Toyota-related leak revealed the carmaker’s upcoming plans vis-a-vis its lineup. Among the cascade of novelties, we also learned that a 2021 Lexus IS is on its way.
Not much is out in the wild regarding the sedan, but speculation about what the incoming IS could hide under the hood ranged from it getting the Supra’s BMW-sourced 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbo straight-six to more recent rumors saying the novel Lexus IS range might even encompass a V-8 model.
The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won’t Be a Next-Gen IS F
When Lexus launched the current IS, it completely forgot about the IS F in order to focus on the RC F sports coupe and its various iterations. Now, it looks like that trend is going to continue as Lexus has, reportedly, no intention of introducing a new IS F when the fourth generation launches in 2020 or 2021.
2019 Lexus IS300 F Sport
We talk about the latest generation of trucks and their big mouths, or even new BMW products, for that matter. But, what about the brand that literally started the ’big grille is the shizz, bro’ thing? Yes, I’m talking about Lexus and their in-your-face designs. The brand makes some of the most refined cars in the market today and was also one of the earliest adopters of hybrid engines. But Lexus is slowly becoming a neologism for big grilles. Nevertheless, Toyota’s premium brand is going through a paradigm shift and is building cars that are fresh and fun to drive, and one of those cars is the Lexus IS300 F Sport.
The Lexus IS300 F Sport is indeed a wolf in a sheep’s clothing; well, sheep’s fancy clothing. On the onset, this compact sedan looks calm, and sedate - which it is. But once you go hard on the A-pedal, the IS300 F-Sport will unleash its power, and you will be surprised at how capable and efficient this car is. The sedan reeks of luxury and is well-loaded on the inside. However, is the sporty-luxury blend enough to take on the competition?
Lexus needs to infuse its image with some extra sportiness because even though it does make good, credible sporty cars, it is still perceived as a brand addressed toward SUV loving soccer moms and your elderly aunt who decides to spend most of her life savings on a new luxury car to treat herself. One such vehicle could be a spiced up version of the UX crossover, the newest and smallest crossover to join the Lexus range.
If Lexus made a UX F, it would be the closest thing it could ever make to a hot hatch. The UX is already a low-to-the-ground vehicle with excellent cornering capability, so making it lower, harder, and more powerful in order to make it faster sounds like a good plan. Plus, it could also benefit from a sporty exterior makeover to go with its unusual, swooping shapes (which are not bad, just different and take a bit of getting used to).
If Lexus challenged some hot crossovers and hot hatchbacks with its spruced up UX F, then it could dramatically shift the perception of the brand and genuinely attract new types of buyers that, before this vehicle, may not ever have considered buying a Lexus.
2019 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line Edition
The compact luxury crossover segment is no cakewalk, with huge competition pouring in from just about every corner of the globe. However, Lexus looks as though it’s holding its own here thanks to the NX. Now, the L badge is polishing up a new limited edition of the five-door and calling it the F Sport Black Line, loading it up with all the trimmings for sharper styling and a nicer experience in the cabin.
A Hot Lexus UX F Crossover Could Be in the Works - Here’s What it Will Look Like
Lexus does make some nice sporty cars, but it’s not really perceived as such because most of its sales volume consists of cushy sedans and high-riders, most of which are also electrified. Having an electric motor on board to boost performance and economy certainly doesn’t hinder sportiness, though, so don’t be surprised if Lexus starts churning out hot F-badged electrified models, the first of which could be its new UX baby crossover.
2019 Lexus UX
Lexus has finally introduced its first compact crossover, and it is the first Lexus model to feature the brand’s new GA-C platform. In the looks department, it looks like a slightly blown up but more proportional LC500 with a family-oriented look too it. Meanwhile, the interior is very German-like in design, to a point, and yet ergonomic and stylish at the same time. Instead of shifting around engines from other models to piece together it’s new crossover, Lexus put together an all-new four-banger for the entry-level UX 200 model while a different but new gas engine and a fourth-gen hybrid system found their way into the UX 250h.
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2020 Lexus RC
Introduced in 2014 as a spiritual successor to the SC, the RC is Lexus’ modern take on German luxury coupes like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and Audi A5. Four years old as of 2018, the RC was updated to mid-cycle specs for 2019 and showcased at the Paris Motor Show.
Somewhat surprisingly given what was revealed through spy shots, the facelifted RC boasts significant upgrades on the outside. Lexus also improved the interior with premium features and revised the chassis for a sportier ride. Overall, the Japanese used the bigger LC coupe as inspiration, but skipped the drivetrain department, leaving the old engines unchanged.
2019 Lexus RC F Sport
The updated Lexus RC F was recently caught testing at the Nurburgring with the bottom half of its body wrapped in camouflage. The upper half was displayed for all of us to see, but Lexus still did a pretty good job to mask the changes it made to the performance sedan. We do get a good look at some of the changes, but for the most part, the updated RC F is hiding some of the good stuff away from us. That’s not going to stop us from putting our detective hats on, though, because this is one car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see.
2018 Lexus RX Crafted
Available only in Australia for the time being, the RX Crafted is based on the Luxury trim and features extra standard equipment. It slots right between the Luxury and F Sport trims, giving customers who want more features but don’t want to pay the F Sport premium a new alternative. The RX Crafted is available with all three powertrains offered in Australia, while production is limited to only 300 examples.
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Here’s Your Chance To Own One of Only 50 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Editions
The Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition represented the last of the LFAs that Lexus developed at the start of the decade. Only 50 Nurburgring Editions were made, and all 50 were scooped up in short order. The special edition’s limited status makes it hard to find one being put up for sale, let alone in an auction setting. It’s not impossible, though, because one of the 50 LFA Nurburgring Editions will return to the spotlight when it’s auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson event in Palm Beach, Florida this coming April.
The Lexus UX Will Take on the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in the U.S., Will be Offered on new Subscription Service
Lexus’ baby crossover is hitting the New York Auto Show months before it goes on sale. That’s right, the Lexus UX is making its North American debut in New York, and it’s coming to dealerships at the end of the year. The production model will be offered with two different engine options, one of which will be a hybrid powertrain that should appeal to eco-warriors all over the U.S. The UX will also be the first Lexus model to be offered through the company’s yet-to-be-named subscription service.
2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition
The Lexus RC is probably one of the most underrated performance sports coupés on the market today. It looks good, has the chops to compete against a car like the BMW M4, and carries a more reasonable price than most of its competitors. In an effort to keep the RC F fresh in our minds, Lexus is launching a special edition version of the coupé, called the RC F Sport Black Line Special Edition. Only 650 units of the special edition RC F will be made, and it’s available across the entire RC lineup.