Meet the Lexus LM - A Luxurious Version of the Toyota Alphard You Didn’t Know You Wanted
Lexus introduced its first-ever minivan at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. It’s called the LM, and it’s based on the Toyota Alphard. Actually, unlike other Lexus vehicles, the LM is almost a rebadged Toyota on the outside. Of course, it features more upscale materials, and the cabin was transformed into a comfortable lounge, but it’s still a Toyota under the skin.
Lexus is Rebadging the Toyota Alphard Minivan So It Can Sell a Luxury Van
Lexus is joining the minivan segment with the upcoming release of the LM minivan. Yes, you read that right. Lexus, the same company that gave us the LFA supercar, is dipping its toes in the minivan market, proving that automakers will do just about anything to make money these days. The automaker has yet to unveil the LM minivan — that’s happening at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2019 that kicks off on April 16 in Shanghai, China — but a teaser image of the model has provided clear hints that the model will be largely based on the Toyota Alphard. Yes; the same luxury van that Toyota has been selling in various Asian markets for the better part of 17 years. Production plans for the Lexus LM suggest that we’ll see the minivan hit the road sometime in 2020, though it’s unlikely that we’ll get to see the LM in the U.S.
2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport
Lexus’ new range of vehicles is on a new high altogether. The premium Japanese automaker is building cars that are fresh, exciting, and actually fun to drive. The latest present from its box of surprises is the 2019 Lexus ES350 F Sport. This car is breaking all the shackles for Lexus as a whole. The well-equipped sedan is engaging to drive, and the company’s move to work outside of its comfort zone has done wonders to this beauty. It feels nice to see some automakers still working on building magnificent machines in a segment that is dying a slow death.
The 2021 Lexus IS Could Inherit the 2020 Toyota Supra’s BMW-Sourced Inline-Six
Is it possible that Toyota’s existing partnership with BMW could extend into a Lexus? That’s what a report from Japan’s Best Car magazine is saying. According to the report, the next-generation Lexus IS sports sedan will be powered by the same 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter, turbocharged, straight-six that you can find under the hood of a recently released Toyota sports car that’s been dominating the news lately. If the reports are true, the next-generation IS could share the same engine with the Toyota Supra and, by extension, the BMW Z4. Whether using that engine is enough to elevate the IS’ standing in the premium compact luxury market remains to be seen. It would definitely be interesting to see it compete against BMW and the almighty 3 Series with an engine that comes from, well, BMW.
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 LC 500 Inspiration Series
The Lexus LC 500 is the Japanese brand’s latest and greatest grand tourer halo car, offered as a sharp, muscle-bound sports machine that acts as the spiritual successor to the high-tech Lexus LFA. First rolling off the production line in March of 2017, the Lexus is keeping the LC 500 fresh with a new Inspiration Series version, blessing the two-door with unique aesthetic treatments inside and out, highlighted by a bright yellow color scheme.
Update 02/11/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Lexus LC500 Inspiration during our visit to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!
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.
Want to know more? Check out our in-depth review below!
2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package
The Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package is the last hurrah of a truly special car, the first and, so far, only supercar built by Lexus. It is a lighter, more agile and, overall, faster version of the oh-so-loud LFA that dried up Toyota’s pockets only to be regarded at the time of its arrival as "too expensive for what it offers." Now, as the years have passed, more and more car guys and journalists started to come around and appreciate the Nurburgring-honed LFA for what it is, a very charismatic supercar.
Everyone knows about the LFA’s enormous development time that spanned almost a decade as Lexus switched from its original plans of building it around an aluminum monocoque and decided upon a carbon fiber structure that, in turn, called for updates to be made at the Motomachi plant that wasn’t ready to build a CFRP car. To this day, it’s unclear precisely how much Toyota actually spent to make the LFA a reality, but we reckon that the reason behind the secrecy lies in the obscenity of the sum.
As a swansong to the LFA, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s CEO and one of the key people in the creation of this halo model, greenlighted a batch of 50 track-focused examples that came with the "Nurburgring Package." This package included changes to both the bodywork and the internals, changes that came about after years of testing and racing around Germany’s famed Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit in the Eifel Mountains.
2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition
The Lexus RC F Track Edition is track-prepped version of the company’s compact coupe. It was unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show alongside the updated RC F, so it benefits form all the add-ons introduced with the facelift.
Although it doesn’t feature a more powerful engine, the Track Edition is more dynamic thanks to a handful of aerodynamic tweaks and weight-saving measures. Lexus promises quicker lap times in this vehicle, which is aimed at German track cars such as the BMW M4 GTS. Spotted testing since early 2018, this coupe was originally believed to feature a "GT" badge, but Lexus eventually went with Track Edition. Despite the name that suggests a special-edition model, the Track Edition is a proper upgrade that sets it apart from the standard RC F. Let’s find out more about it below.
2019 Lexus LC Convertible Concept
The Lexus LC Convertible is a concept vehicle that the luxury firm unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. But while it’s presented as a concept, it’s actually a drop-top version of the LC coupe that Lexus introduced for the 2018 model year.
Devoid of any features that would make it a proper concept, the LC Convertible likely previews a production model. The drop-top LC has been rumored ever since the coupe arrived and would enable Lexus to offer a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Although the Japanese firm didn’t specifically confirm a production car, it did say that a production version "would be exhilarating in many different ways." Let’s find out what sets it apart from the coupe.
Lexus LC Debuts At The 2019 Detroit Auto Show In A Topless Avatar
Lexus shares a special bond with the North American International Auto Show. The brand officially made its debut during the first year of the auto show in 1989. Thirty years later, the brand celebrates the third year anniversary of the LC 500 coupe by unveiling a convertible LC. The best part is that the LC Convertible is not just a concept; it seems to be the real-deal and Lexus has hinted the same.
Quick Comparo: Is the Lexus RC F Track Edition better than the BMW M4 GTS?
The Lexus RC has been around since 2014 and the Japanese luxury firm finally designed a track-prepped version. It’s called the RC F Track Edition and it’s more than an accessories package. But is it really a track-ready sports car, a coupe that can give the likes of the BMW M4 GTS a run for its money? Let’s find out in the quick comparo below.
The Only Remaining N/A V-8 Sports Coupe Outside America Updated - 2020 Lexus RC F
In an unusual turn of events, Toyota and Lexus revealed three exceptional sports cars at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. While “all-eyes-on-me” Toyota Supra GR is the star of the show, two curious sporty propositions have also landed - the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition. With hordes of journalists armed with all Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Fuji gear stampedes over anything Supra (and Ford Explorer for that matter) a bit lonely Lexus RC F seems to struggle for attention. Yet, it should not. It is basically the only modern coupe that still sports a V-8. One could suggest that you can still buy the Maserati Granturismo with a N/A V-8, but I can’t imagine these two fighting each other. So, yes, the 2020 Lexus RC F is the only remaining performance Coupe outside the U.S. with a N/A V-8.
Lexus decorated the new model with new headlights and taillights, new bumpers, and a new grille. The grill remained unusually large, mind you.
The Lexus RC F Track Edition Lives Up To Its Name
The updated Lexus RC F has arrived at the 2019 North America International Auto Show, but as intriguing as it looked, it’s likely going to be overshadowed by its evil alter-ego, the much more sinister — and more limited — RC F Track Edition. Lexus’ new track superstar is what its name says it is. It’s lighter than the new RC F, has more power than its predecessor, and is dripping in enough aero aids to make it a tempting proposition for all the track car enthusiasts out there. The Lexus RC F Track Edition arrive later this year. Pricing details will be announced then.
The 2019 Lexus LC Convertible Doesn’t Have a Roof and We’re Not Even Mad
The transformation of the LC coupe into a convertible seems like a no brainer. While we did hear rumors on the matter, now we have a confirmation (sort of). This is the Lexus LC Convertible Concept - a roofless concept car scheduled to debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday (14th, January). As it is based on top of the Lexus LC Coupe, the LC Convertible Concept looks gorgeous. Well, at least I think it does. As Lexus prioritized the development of the convertible version of the F branded LC, I believe we will see the production version sometime in 2020. Interestingly enough, Lexus did not confirm the production version of the LC Convertible Concept, but I guess it is likely to happen.
“A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the LC Convertible concept.
The 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition Has an Exhaust Growl You Don’t Want to Miss
The Lexus RC F Track Edition is inching closer to its debut, but ahead of its launch, Lexus dropped another teaser of the hardcore coupe, complete with a sample of the car’s intoxicating engine note. The 13-second teaser also reveals a number of sections of the car. The RC F Track Edition passes by quickly so you’ll have to pause the video to get a glimpse of it. That, or you can just wait a few more days for Lexus to pull the cover off of its latest track monster. The Lexus RC F Track Edition is scheduled to debut on January 14 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan.
2019 Toyota Research P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle
Toyota seems to be on a roll at CES. The company showcased its technology called ‘Guardian’ a couple of days back, and now, it has unveiled the TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle. The P4 is based on the all-new fifth-generation Lexus LS 500h and will be used in Toyota Research Institute’s Guardian and Chauffeur automated driving system development.