Thanks to Toyota, Lexus Could Have a New Baby Crossover In The works
The Toyota Yaris Cross, basically a high-riding hatchback with crossover ambitions, is one of Toyota’s newest vehicles and the company’s only subcompact crossover. Now, it looks like Toyota is going to share that love with Lexus, however, this news might not be a big deal if you live in the United States. The Tiny Lexus will share market designations with the Yaris Cross, which is currently only available in Europe, Japan, and Australia. According to the report, the Lexus crossover will be powered by the same 1.5-liter, hybrid, three-cylinder that powers the Yaris Cross. In that model, it’s good for anywhere between 90 and 118 horsepower with the electric motor – either 3.9 kW or 59 kW – adding from 5.2 to 79 horsepower into the mix.
It’s not likely that Lexus will simply rebadge the Yaris Cross, so expect the typical Lexus front end, nice interior materials, and – perhaps – a small increase in power output, at least for the higher trim levels. For the record, it would slot below the Lexus UX, which means that the trademark filing for “LBX” and “Lexus LBX” could have been hinting at its name. That said, the LBX is largely considered to be a concept, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with that. Another rumor claims the sub-UX crossover would be called the Lexus BX, it would arrive in 2023, and would sit somewhere below the $30,000 mark. That sounds a little more like it to us, but we’ll have to see what happens.
2022 Lexus RXL Black Line
Lexus is growing its exclusive Black Line series with the new RXL Black Line for the 2022 model year. This new special and limited-run edition will be based on the RX 350L or RX 450L, with the former being limited to 389 examples and the latter being produced in just 106 examples. The main highlight is, arguably, the new Cloudburst Gray or the optional Eminent White Pearl, however, it’s the black accents outside that really tie the package together. The 20-inch black wheels are the most notable, however, the wheel lug nots, radiator grille, outer portion of the mirrors, badging, and lower front bumper are all finished in black. When paired with the standard Cloudburst Gray, the RXL looks downright menacing while the Eminent While Pearl exterior finish makes for an awesome two-tone contrast that really draws attention.
On the inside, there’s a decent helping of open-pore wood trim, while te Nu-Luxe seats are upholstered in black with blue contrast stitching. That same blue stitching also ties together the dash pad, shift boot, and steering wheel. Since the Black Line is a purely aesthetic package, the RXL 350 delivers 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque from a 3.5-liter V-6 while the hybrid model dishes out 308 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque from the same engine paired with an electric motor. Pricing for the RX 350L Black Line comes in at $52,030 while the RX 450 HL Black Line commands $55,290.
This Lexus LFA Is One of Just Six LFAs Finished in Pearl Yellow, And It Has Been Driven Just 72 Miles
What is the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the Lexus name? You most likely responded with dependability or prestige. However, there was one car in the Japanese manufacturer’s history that prioritized performance over everything else. The vehicle I’m referring to is the ultra-rare and exotic Lexus LFA .
A 9-Year Old Concept and the Toyota GR86 Could Lead To A New Lexus Sportscar
Lexus sits in a weird position within the automotive industry. It serves as Toyota’s luxury arm and yet it still offers a total of two coupes – something that’s a bit of a mystery considering SUVs are king and the coupe segment is slowly dying. I’m talking about, of course, the Lexus RC and the Lexus LC, the former of which can be had in RC F form with 472 horsepower, and the latter of which offers as much as 471 horsepower in its range-topping LC5 500 trim level. So, Lexus has, essentially, two performance coupes, and a new rumor hints that a third, more compact sports coupe could be on the way.
2022 Lexus NX
Lexus has come up with the next-gen 2022 NX crossover. The NX has been in the market for over three decades now and is still one of the most important products for the automaker. In fact, it is the second-best-selling Lexus model after the RX. For the 2022 model, the NX comes with an updated exterior and interior, and also a plug-in hybrid engine in a new top-of-the-line trim. The NX will arrive by the end of the year and could start at around $40,000.
A Lexus IS-F With A Twin-Turbo V-8? It Could Be A Thing
Even though the world is moving towards electrification and cleaner mobility, there is a surge in demand for V-8s lately and automakers are more than happy to tap into this emotional need of the consumers. This is perhaps one final hoorah before V-8s fade away into oblivion forever. Toyota, however, seemed to be heading away from eight-cylinder engines. Forget about building new ones, the company was rumored to even ditch its existing V-8s – case in point, Toyota Tundra. But, new developments have shown that Toyota might come up with a new V-8 after all.
GR86.org has reported that the Japanese automaker filed a patent for a twin-turbo engine that could go into the Lexus line of performance cars. Or, even the Toyota Tundra, for that matter.
Is The Lexus RC-F Track Edition Any Better Than The Mustang Mach-1?
Amidst all the buzz surrounding electrification, the guys at TheStraightPipes brought in two muscle cars for an epic V-8 showdown. Well, one of them is a true-blue American muscle, but the other is a Japanese. But, before we discount it, this car has managed to hold its fort in a segment ruled by the Mustang, the Challenger, and the Camaro. I’m talking about the Lexus RC-F.
The folks at the channel compared the Lexus RC-F Track Edition with the Mustang Mach-1 in various aspects. Which one do you think came out looking better?
The Lexus LFA Has Aged Like a Fine Wine
Last time we heard about the LFA, there were seven of them sitting in Lexus dealerships across the U.S. looking for an owner. We are talking squeaky-new LFAs here, of which Lexus assembled just 500 units in total.
While it is hard to pinpoint why those cars are still there – some suggested promotional purposes but the LFA was introduced back in 2010 so it does not quite make sense, here is what potential buyers are missing out on by not getting those remaining LFAs.
Is This The Perfect Spec Lexus LFA?
The Lexus LFA arrived back in 2010 with specs that made it one of the strongest cars in the segment. The company built only 500 examples of the same and that would’ve made it a collector’s item in the future. You would expect it to sell like hotcakes, but surprisingly, 11 years later there are still a few copies that remain unsold.
This shouldn’t be a testament to the fact that the LFA is a hot sports car and deserves to be remembered as one of the best cars to have come from the Japanese automaker, and this video by Supercar Driver shows us exactly that.
Lexus Isn’t Giving Up On Sports Cars, We Just Have To Wait A Bit
It’s a tricky time for sedans as carmakers like Ford and Volkswagen have announced clear intentions to ditch the likes of Mondeo and Passat in favor of more crossovers and SUVs.
Moving on to higher echelons with electrification in mind, the crosshairs switch from sedans to sports cars. The use of batteries and e-motors for high-performance cars is and will be a challenge until the technology evolves, but Lexus doesn’t seem to be bothered.
The Lexus LF-Z Makes the Future Look More Exciting
Lexus has been an advocate of electrification for a long time now. At present, it has nine hybrid electric vehicles in its lineup. In 2019, the company announced its ‘Lexus Electrified’ vision and we are now seeing what the company meant by it. The Japanese automaker plans to have 20 new models by 2025, and it all starts with the debut of its LF-Z Electrified concept.
2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Launch Edition
Not too long ago, Lexus unveiled the 2022 IS 500 F Sport as the first vehicle in its ‘F Sport Performance Line’ Series. The car came with a V-8 engine under the hood that made close to 500 ponies and took under five seconds to sprint to 60 mph. A month post the reveal, the automaker has now unveiled the ‘Launch Edition’ of the hot car. It comes with the same V-8 mill and the changes pertain only to the exterior and interior.
Can An Old Lexus Really Give You A V8 With Luxury and Reliability?
Most of us would agree that luxury and performance cars are unattainable for most of us. Because of this, we spend a lot of time looking for the best possible bargain. Things are not that simple, however, as when you eventually stumble upon an offer that looks like a bargain, things are often not as they seem. The YouTube channel JayEmm on Cars answers a question many of us have asked. Can you get luxury, reliability, and power, at a bargain price?
A Twin-Turbo Lexus IS F Could Bring Some Pain To the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63
Lexus recently launched its first V-8-powered sedan in almost a decade in the form of the IS 500 F Sport. It’s been just about a week since it was launched, but it looks like the automaker already has one more in the pipeline. According to Motoring, Lexus is working on a twin-turbo V-8 car that will take on the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M3. To make to deal sweeter, the automaker could resurrect the “IS F” moniker for it.
What is the Cheapest Lexus?
The cheapest Lexus money can buy in the U.S. is the UX crossover. It starts at $32,150 but if you decide to go berserk on the configurator, that price tag will go up to way north of $40,000 really fast. The cheapest Lexus in Europe, however, is the still-marching-on CT hybrid compact car. In Germany, the Lexus CT can be had for €26,950 and is followed closely by the UX, priced at €33,950.
What is the Sportiest Lexus?
The sportiest Lexus out there is the RC F Track Edition. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 5-liter V-8 churning out 472 horsepower, the Track Edition is loaded with aero bits and bobs as well as carbon fiber (the hood, roof, and front splitter are all made of carbon fiber). The RC F in regular guise can dispatch the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.96 seconds, so it’s safe to say the Track Edition can pull off at least that.
What is the Most Popular Lexus?
The most popular Lexus is the RX. To put things into perspective, in April 2019, Lexus pushed 8,872 RX units, a slight decrease from 2018’s figures, which say Lexus managed to sell 9,697 units of the RX. If we are to look from the year-by-year perspective, then the RX sold 39,833 units in the first five months of 2019, after in 2018 as a whole, 41,197 RX models found new owners. Sales aside, Lexus as a brand has enjoyed a lot of popularity within the American hip-hop culture, with lyrics mentions by well-known artists such as Jay-Z popping up more than once.
What is the Most Expensive Lexus?
The most expensive Lexus is the LC Inspiration Series. Stateside, the special edition wears a starting sticker of $106,210. The V-8-powered LC 500, on the other hand, starts at $92,950, while the hybrid Lexus LC 500h will set buyers back at least $97,460. In Europe, however, things are a bit different, in the sense that both the LC 500 and LC 500h start at €101,400. However, Lexus still hasn’t sold all of its 500 LFAs, so we can also count the supercar as the most expensive Lexus thanks to a price tag of $375,000.
What is the Fastest Lexus?
The fastest Lexus is the RC F Track Edition. Thanks to the mechanical credentials stated above, the super-sedan can reach a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) and go from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.96 seconds. On the other hand, the Lexus LC 500 clears the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) interval in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).
Are Lexus Cars Reliable?
Lexus cars are very reliable. In fact, the 2018 J.D. Power dependability study for the U.S. sees Lexus take the first position, with just 99 problems per 100 vehicles. To make an even better idea of how reliable Lexus can be, the industry average was 142 problems per vehicle. Moreover, you might be familiar with the streak Lexus managed to bag as the most reliable vehicle in America for eight years in a row.