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The 2022 Lexus LX 600 Breaks Cover As A Luxurious Land Cruiser 300

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 Breaks Cover As A Luxurious Land Cruiser 300

The Lexus LX 600 comes Stateside with a new V-6 engine, new platform, loads of tech features inside, and two new trims

Toyota decided to pull the plug on the Land Cruiser in the U.S. to the dismay of a lot of people. However, it looks like the auto group had bigger plans for the SUV. The SUV has a loyal fan following, but it was a little rough for the asking price. So, while the Land Cruiser has retired, it will be sold Stateside in the form of the Lexus LX 600 – an SUV with better creature comforts, but with the DNA of the rugged Land Cruiser. The LX 600 is, in its essence, a suited-up Land Cruiser 300 It comes with a whole lot of tech features on the inside, and even sporty and luxurious trims to cater to all types of customers in the segment.

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A New Lexus Trademark Hints At A New EV With an Unmentionable Body Style

A New Lexus Trademark Hints At A New EV With an Unmentionable Body Style

Lexus Could Be Building a New EV, and It Might Bring an All-New Body Style Into the Company’s Lineup

Remember the Lexus LF-30 Concept that was revealed back in 2019? It was a futuristic concept with extreme styling and what you might expect from Lexus some 30-40 years from now. Even the cabin gave off the aura of a spaceship, so it was pretty clear that it wouldn’t enter production anytime soon. However, a new trademark filed by Lexus in the U.S., Europe, and Australia for the RZ 450e name, could hint that at least some of its DNA is about to head into production. Obviously, the “e” in the name means it will be an EV – one of the many that the company will offer by 2025 – but what kind of vehicle will it be?

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2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

Just when we thought it can’t get better than the LC500 Coupe, Lexus dropped the LC500 Convertible

Freshly launched at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Lexus LC500 Convertible borrows every stunning feature from its Coupe brother and then adds some more appeal courtesy of a retractable textile roof.

The LC500 Convertible still packs the naturally-aspirated, 471-horsepower V-8, however, a hybrid version hasn’t been announced yet. Join us as we explore the new LC500 Convertible in-depth, to see what’s new for the sleek cabriolet.

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The 2019 Lexus ES Gets Some Tasty Performance Flavor With New F Sport Model

The 2019 Lexus ES Gets Some Tasty Performance Flavor With New F Sport Model

Turning up the heat on Lexus’ midsize luxury four-door

The next-generation Lexus ES brings all kinds of excellent upgrades along for the ride, including the noteworthy addition of a new F Sport model that throws in a host of speedy cues for the nameplate.

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The 2019 Lexus ES Gets All-New Chassis, Drives Like A Champ

The 2019 Lexus ES Gets All-New Chassis, Drives Like A Champ

Fresh bones for the seventh generation make it a delight behind the wheel

Lexus has updated its midsize luxury sedan with a new chassis and underpinnings, blessing the four-door ES with the latest GA-K platform and a good deal more refinement. Read on for all the details on what’s found under the skin.

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The 2019 Lexus ES Interior Is Excellent

The 2019 Lexus ES Interior Is Excellent

Stylish, comfortable, roomy, and high-tech

The Lexus ES enters its seventh generation this year, bringing with it a slew of updates for the styling and design, including an all-new interior spec that’s simply head and shoulders above the outgoing model.

Update 6-15-2018: The text of this article has been updated to reflect an inaccuracy in reference to the inclusion of Android Auto. As of now, Lexus is studying the inclusion of the software but doesn’t have any specifics to provide at this time.

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2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven

2018 Lexus LC500 - Driven

Lexus’ halo coupe is a grand touring marvel

It was in 2012 when Lexus pulled the covers off its LF-LC concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept boasted curvy lines, massive rear haunches, a big Spindle Grille, those signature fishhook LED daytime running lights, and a nose almost as long as Michael Keaton’s Batmobile. Somehow Lexus managed to keep the concept’s sultry lines almost completely intact for production. The final result is this, the 2018 Lexus LC500.

I spent a week behind its wheel, doing everything from blasting down the Interstate to picking up the kiddos in the carpool line. It fetched groceries and drew crowds in nearly equal amounts. It also fostered a love/hate relationship in my view. I’ll explain below.

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Cosmetic Improvements Put The Spotlight On The Lexus NX Sport

Cosmetic Improvements Put The Spotlight On The Lexus NX Sport

Care for some blacked-out panels on your Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX Sport has arrived at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and just like the Lexus CT and IS before it, the NX comes to the event wearing the “Sport” trim. Lexus touts the NX Sport trim as a unique variant of its crossover model, largely because of the exterior and interior modifications the model has been given to showcase a more aggressive side to the NX. In a nutshell, it’s still an NX, but it’s a sportier and more menacing looking NX that comes with an inherent confidence about itself.

Subtle cosmetic upgrades is the name of the game with the NX Sport. The exterior, for instance, gets a blacked-out front spindle grille and grille frame, which strikes a far more imposing visual appeal than its chrome counterpart. The crossover’s mirror housings have also been finished in black, and the special set of 18-inch black alloy wheels finish off the exterior additions to the NX’s makeup. Move inside the cabin of the NX and you’ll be greeted with a few silver inserts and a leather upholstery that can be dressed in either black or a unique fabric that Lexus is exclusively offering for the Sport trim.

The Sport trim will be available for both the NX 200t and the NX 300h. Current owners of either variant can also oder the Sport package if they so desire. Just don’t expect anything more than the promised upgrades on the exterior and interior. The Lexus NX Sport is all about the giving the NX a fresher and sportier look, both in the body and in the cabin. Nothing more, nothing less.

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2015 Lexus RC - First Drive

2015 Lexus RC - First Drive

The crisp, cold air caught me off guard when I stepped from the hotel into the staging area where Lexus had filed a handful of its newest creations into two lines, prepped for a drive through the lush countryside that envelopes New York’s Hudson Valley. The brisk air might not have been what this Floridian was used to in mid-September, but once behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F, things became familiar.

Though I’d not sat in Lexus’ two-door, rear-drive sports coupe a day in my life, the interior was an immediately recognizable place, harking back to my time in the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport. The controls fell in the same position, the infotainment screen showed the same Enform system, even the overall design looked like I’d accidentally sat in the wrong Lexus.

And that’s not a bad thing.

While there’s plenty of IS flavor in the new RC, there’s even more that’s unfamiliar. The beautifully stitched sports seats, the reworked gauge cluster, and the center console arrangement are all new, not to mention the 2+2 seating configuration.

Slipping the eight-speed automatic into gear, the faintly audible rumble of the RC F’s 5.0-liter V-8 mumbled at a lower tone. Our entourage of journalists was off to conquer a two-hour drive before arriving at our destination, Monticello Motor Club.

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2015 Lexus NX - First Drive

2015 Lexus NX - First Drive

Lexus has dominated the midsize luxury crossover market since its RX lineup debuted back in 1998. Its small size, fuel-efficient engines, and long list of luxurious amenities make the RX a hot seller. In 2013 alone, the RX sold over 103,000 units within the U.S. Lexus seems bent on gaining even more sales and growing its SUV lineup by offering a completely new product, the NX. Smaller than the RX and with striking features inside and out, the NX is poised to further solidify Lexus’ position as a luxury leader. The NX is all-new for 2015 and comes with two available powerplants, front- and all-wheel-drive, and room for five. Two separate models — the 200t and 300h — offer a wide range of choices and additional packages for customers looking to buy that just-right crossover.

Lexus says it only plans on selling roughly 36,000 units per year within the States, but if the RX and other crossover sales have any indication, the NX will easily surpass Lexus’ conservative estimates. The NX is also going global, selling in more than 80 markets worldwide. And while the official pricing hasn’t been released, the NX is estimated to undercut the RX’s price by some $5,000, meaning it will start in the mid-$30,000 range.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of the new 2015 Lexus NX in the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee. What I discovered was a competent-handling, fun-to-drive vehicle that makes the trade-offs of owning an SUV less impactful, while still retaining all the benefits of a utilitarian crossover.

Click past the jump for the full review of the all-new 2015 Lexus NX

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Lexus Wants Your Help Naming the Orange Shade of the RC F Coupe

Lexus Wants Your Help Naming the Orange Shade of the RC F Coupe

For all the accomplishments Lexus has achieved since it broke into the luxury market scene in the mid 1980s, it still has trouble coming up with names for its paint colors. How else can you explain the company’s attempts to ask fans what to name the orange paint on the Lexus RC F Coupe?

Ok, we’re busting Lexus’ chops here a little because if it really wanted to, it could come up with a name for this orange shade pretty quickly. But to its credit, the company wants to get its fans involved, sort of like giving them a say on company decisions.

Up until now, the RC F sports coupe has only worn a striking blue paint, but Lexus is adding this orange color into the mix. The bright shade is still unnamed, so that’s where we all come into the picture.

A quick look at Lexus’ Facebook page reveals a large number of impressive recommendations already posted. We especially liked Tangering Flame, Sunset Rage, and Fireburst, among other entries. But as far as what our suggestion is, how about Orange Symphony?

It’s not the catchiest of names, but it does reflect the fiery balance of an aggressive sports car with an aggressive color to match.

If you want to make your own suggestions, hop on over to Lexus’ Facebook page. Don’t forget to tell us what your suggestion is by leaving a comment below.

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2015 Lexus NX

2015 Lexus NX

After Toyota North America filled trademarks for two new models — the NX 200t and NX 300h — it was not hard to figure out that these were upcoming Lexus models. The fact that they were SUVs was made simply by the "X" in their names. It was also not very difficult to understand that one trademark — the NX 200t — will be the turbocharged gasoline version, while the other one — the NX 300h — will be a hybrid model. The NX 200t will be powered by the company’s new 2.0-liter, turbocharged AR engine set to launch in 2014, while the 300h will likely get the same hybrid powertrain as in the Lexus ES 300h: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine.

The new Lexus NX will be placed under the company’s current RX and will most likely debut on the market sometime in 2015.

Updated 4/11/2014: Lexus has officially confirmed that the NX line will debut at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20th. The lineup will include the base NX 200, the turbocharged NX 200t and the hybrid NX 300h. Details are still limited, but we detailed as much as we could, plugs a look at the concepts that previewed the NX, after the jump.

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2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD

2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD

How does the latest Lexus style look in the flesh? Pretty darn sexy, if you ask us.

Wearing almost the exact shame shade of maroon paint as the 2012 LF-CC concept, and headlights to match as well, the 2014 IS is quickly becoming one of the best-looking compact luxury models available.

The IS 350 AWD is priced from $41,700 and is the top version of the IS lineup, except of course the F Sport variants.

Lexus brought the IS onto the market in 1998 as an entry level model placed under the more powerful ES luxury sedan.

The second generation arrived in 2005 and the third one was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in mid-2013 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions.

The IS 350 AWD comes loaded with tons of standard features, but customers interested in updating it even further have a lot of packages and options to choose from. The only problem is that these options are quite expensive and you can end up paying up to $60k for a highly equipped version.

The entire IS lineup was heavily updated for the new generation, and, just like with the GS and LS models it will feature an inverted trapezoidal upper grille, slanted lower grille and new headlights with LED technology.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD.

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2014 Lexus GS 350

2014 Lexus GS 350

If every car company has one division of rock star engineers and stylists assigned to work on the most important projects, what do Lexus’s biggest brains focus on? The new sport sedan platform is the result of intensive engineering at the very highest levels in the Toyota and Lexus organization. Twinned with the IS sedan, the GS was all-new for 2013 with looks that really warm up over time.

But the GS has always somewhat failed to deliver on its V-8 engine’s initial "Something Wicked This Way Comes" advertising campaign, even more than 15 years since the GS400 made every Lexus dealer a little bit more ’hip and trendy lounge’ versus a ’hip replacement center.’

The world seems like quite a different place now. The GS competes in the most challenging and action-packed segment of the luxury sedan market, the $40,000 to $60,000 class that also includes such exceptional machines as the Mercedes-Benz E350 with a new nine-speed automatic, the always-rapid BMW 535i and the quietly stellar Audi A6.

The GS needs to be among the best if Lexus is to be successful outside its core niche of affluent and comfort-focused car shoppers who prefer not to own a German car.

Whether thinking the servicing will be too expensive, the image is not right, or myriad other reasons, Lexus wants to expand its niche to real car guys. If all goes well, the company should be able to please its existing clients and also have a shot at some respect in Europe and China, where Lexus is currently destroyed in sales by the three German luxury juggernauts.

Coming in the GS 450h Hybrid or the gasoline GS 350 or the GS 350 F Sport, the 2014 Lexus gets a new eight-speed automatic and some detail trim enhancements like something Lexus calls a ’superchrome’ finish on the wheels. The battle for luxury sedans is hotter than ever, and the new GS finally has some real advantages over its competition.

But is that enough for the 2014 Lexus GS 350?

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2014 Lexus GX 460

2014 Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX 460 is fresh for 2014 with a far deeper facelift than the LED and spindle grille applied to the Lexus LX 570 last year.

The smaller GX 460 SUV is just as tough and trail ready as its big brother, and now has a striking front grille design and huge rear fender flares like a baja race truck.

Clear LED taillights bring up the rear of the GX, which looks much more familiar in profile than it does from up front with this extreme L-finesse grille treatment. The GX is still not the sleekest SUV out there, and prides itself on its global heritage as the hugely popular Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

As one of the few remaining off-roaders with real survival skills in harsh and barren climates, the body-on-frame GX V-8 has never been quite as popular among U.S. crossover shoppers as the firms lighter-duty haulers, like the RX. A truck-like demeanor is still evident the moment the GX starts to move, despite layers of Lexus leather and sound-proofing to make this SUV as quiet inside as an ISO tank.

A final treat on this revamped seven-passenger SUV? A price cut of about $5,000 for 2014, despite additional technology and safety equipment included as standard.

Versus the new seven-seat Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz GL, the Lexus certainly still has dozens of advantages when the going gets life-threatening. But in a dwindling market for real off-roaders with $3,000 metallic paint jobs: is all the GX 460’s unstoppable off-road equipment still enough of a selling point?

Click past the just for the full review of the 2014 Lexus GX 460, with high-res images of the new exterior styling and interior features.

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Lexus is preparing a premium hatchback

Lexus is preparing a premium hatchback

The Japanese luxury car builder Lexus is looking to get a better handle on the small car market that is currently dominated by the Audi A3 hatchback as well as the up and coming BMW 1 Series with a small car of their own. The high end arm of Toyota recently released this sketch giving an idea as to what the soon to be concept car will look like, and we could be seeing it as early as this October at the Tokyo Motor Show.

According to Lexus, the automaker would rather get a reaction from the public before they go ahead and start stamping out the sheet metal for the production car. The design certainly is rich with Lexus like lines shaping the headlights and front end, the oversized wheels don’t hurt the eye candy factor either.

Despite the Japanese automaker’s conviction for rear wheel drive vehicles, iut appears that the new car will be a front wheel drive model. However there is also talk of a hybrid powered version. It could be that the compact cruiser will be offered exclusively as a green car, powered by a 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine that, with the help of an electric motor, is set to produce a maximum output of 187 HP wearing some sort of a combination of CT and h badges.

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2008 Lexus GS350

2008 Lexus GS350

Here at Top Speed we are about more than just stripped down high performance racers, despite the name we too are suckers for a little luxury, especially when it comes at a reasonable price. It turns out that our Verdigris Mica Lexus GS 350 was one of the best sedans we have driven in a long time. This Lexus sports coupe is equipped with a level of performance and comfort that is currently unmatched by any other automaker offering a product in the same price category.

At just over $45,000, the Lexus GS 350 is a lot of car for the money, being both luxurious and stylish inside and out. The body is adorned with an attractive fast back roof line and comes with upscale details like HID headlamps and chrome accents on the exterior while rolling around on a set of fashionable 17 inch rims. On the inside, the Lexus features elegant wood trim and soft leather wrapped seats, shifter and steering wheel as well as a very forward thinking 7 inch touch screen display.

Our GS 350 is powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 that sends 303 HP straight to the rear wheels through a fuel efficient electronically controlled transmission that when combined with direct gasoline injection and continuously variable valve timing with intelligence gets 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. Either way you look at it, the GS 350 provides its owners with a very complete luxury vehicle experience.

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Initial thoughts: 2009 Lexus GS350

Initial thoughts: 2009 Lexus GS350

We recently had the opportunity to sit in the lap of Luxury when Lexus loaned us one of their GS350 models for the Top Speed test fleet. From the outside the GS looks like a world class sports sedan, if the trunk were any shorter we would have to claim the GS as the original four door coupe, with its fastback like roofline. Although our GS350 only rode on a set of 17 inch wheels, the rollers looked to be at least one or two inches bigger. The Lexus design team was not afraid to bring back a few tasteful chrome touches like the grill, mirrors and window surrounds.

The interior was as nicely finished and as comfortable as any automobile we have driven lately. The seats were covered in soft leather, the gauges lights up brightly in front of your face and in the middle of the wood trimmed center stack lies an oversized touch screen LCD display that replaces all the knobs and buttons that it would normally take to control radio and climate functions.

The GS seems like a bargain, and is appropriately priced at $45,000 for our V6 equipped version. We are anxious to get it on the road and see ho well the six cylinder stacks up against the V8 we experienced with the LS we previously had in our test fleet. We are confident in Lexus’s efforts to create a solid sports inspired sedan that will be as fun to drive as it is to look at.

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Video: Lexus LF-A super car at the Nurburgring

Video: Lexus LF-A super car at the Nurburgring

We have all heard about the future super car from Lexus, the LF-A; but what you may not know is that Gazoo Racing is campaigning a pair of prototypes in endurance races all across Europe. This not only serves to give the brand racing credibility before it is even on the market, and also allows the automaker to conduct performance and reliability testing in some of the most demanding environments in the world.

Despite Gazoo’s setback at the Nurburgring24, the team is continuing to develop the car for the track and Lexus is finishing off a very limited number of production versions for the street. This video offers a rather unrestricted view of the LF-A as the car is put through its paces by the English racing team.

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2009 Lexus LS 460

2009 Lexus LS 460

History

In 1989 Toyota launched something the world had never seen before, a Lexus. Six years earlier, Toyota Chairman Eiji Toyoda called a secret meeting where he posed the question, Can Toyota produce a luxury vehicle that is capable of taking on the best that the world, mainly Germany, has to offer? Immediately after the team of engineers, designers and marketing professionals commenced Toyota’s billion dollar F1 program. The result of their Flagship 1 program, the Lexus LS 400 was a luxury vehicle that would expand Toyota’s product line, securing the Japanese automaker a foothold in the premium automobile segment and provide both longtime Toyota and soon to be luxury car customers an upscale offering from Japan. That same year sales figures for the German luxury automobile manufacturers BMW and Mercedes-Benz dropped 29% and 19% respectively in the U.S. market. The luxury car was widely praised for its well-appointed and ergonomic interior, engine performance, build quality and value when it was introduced stateside with a very affordable $38,000 price tag.

Twenty years have passed and the Lexus LS is still being praised. The Japanese luxury car maker now operates its own design, engineering, and manufacturing centers, solely responsible for the production of Lexus vehicles. The model that started it all, the LS, is in its fourth generation and looking better than ever.

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Lexus LS460 AWD to debut at the Moscow International Auto Show

Lexus LS460 AWD to debut at the Moscow International Auto Show

Moscow can sometimes conjure up images of cold and snowy weather. So what better place for Lexus to introduce its newest all-wheel drive car. Next week, all the attention of the car fans will be on the Moscow International Auto Show, which will begin on August 26th. The latest manufacturer who announced the global debut of one of its cars is Lexus, who will launch its brand new LS460 AWD, a four-wheel-drive version of its well-known LS460.

The new vehicle will be powered by the same 4.6 liter V8 engine capable to deliver 380 hp but it will feature a new Torsen differential, which like the LS600h version, it distributes 60% of the power on the rear wheels while the other 40% is available on the front wheels. The car will be available from November, but no pricing has been confirmed.

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