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Lexus Taking Wraps Off New Crossover in Detroit

Maker has history of unveiling new models at NAIAS.

by on Dec.06, 2017

Lexus will unveil its latest creation, the LF1 Limitless, at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.

Lexus has always made a point of unveiling its newest most important cars and concept vehicles at the North American International Auto Show and it plans to do it again this coming January.

Lexus announced it plans to reveal a new concept that reflects “the next genre” in luxury crossover vehicles. Created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a flagship crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury, Lexus officials said.

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The Lexus LF-1 Limitless will make its official debut in Detroit next month, but released a teaser pic of the vehicle to come. (more…)

Lexus RX 350L: Bigger is Better for the King of Midsize Luxury CUVs

New stretch version to offer six and seven-seat options.

by on Nov.29, 2017

Lexus added a third row of seats to its popular RX sport-utility vehicle for the 2018 model year.

When it comes to midsize luxury SUVs, the Lexus RX has long been the big dog on the block, and it’s about to get bigger, Toyota’s luxury brand debuting a stretched, three-row model at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

The move should come as no surprise. If anything, one might wonder why it has taken so long for the luxury brand to bring out a three-row version of the RX, the best-selling midsize ute on the market. Since it was first introduced 20 years ago, the standard-edition RX has become the go-to vehicle for suburbanites looking for an alternative to a minivan.

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Growing 4.3 inches longer than the familiar RX, Lexus aimed to blend “function and fashion,” and says it will give buyers a number of options with the three-row RXL, including both six and seven-seat packages, as well as both a conventional gas model, the RX 350L, and the hybrid-powered RX 450hL. (more…)

Lexus Launching New Three-Row RXL at LA Auto Show

Hybrid and gas models in the mix expected for 2019.

by on Nov.16, 2017

A teaser image shows part of the new Lexus RXL's taillights and badging.

The big dog in the midsize luxury SUV segment is apparently set to get a bit bigger, Lexus announced plans to launch a three-row version of its familiar RX sport-utility vehicle at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

The move should come as no surprise. If anything, one might wonder why it has taken so long for the luxury brand to bring out a three-row version of the RX, the best-selling midsize ute on the market. Since it was first introduced 20 years ago, the standard-edition RX has become the go-to vehicle for suburbanites looking for an alternative to a minivan.

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“How can the top-selling Lexus RX get even better? Make more of it,” Lexus hinted in a terse release accompanied by this close-up detail of the RXL’s back end.


Lexus Keeps an Eye Toward Future with LS+Concept

Brand provides glimpse at 2020.

by on Oct.25, 2017

The Lexus LS+Concept made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show featuring a look at what the 2020 version of the flagship may look like.

When Lexus unveiled the fifth-generation of its LS flagship sedan, the company said it would continue to refine and update it and it’s made good on that promise with the LS+Concept.

Debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, the new concept showcases the Japanese brand’s autonomous driving technology. One of self-driving features is Highway Teammate, which can drive on the freeway from entrance ramp to exit ramp in fully autonomous mode without any input from the driver.

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The concept is certainly the next step up in autonomous driving from the LS 500h arriving in dealers early next year. The new flagship enjoys a variety of self-driving capabilities already with automated merging, lane-keeping assist and lane changing.  (more…)

Lexus Finds SEMA Inspiration in Marvel Studios

Brand draws from Black Panther.

by on Oct.24, 2017

The limited-edition Lexus LC Inspiration will be available next spring. Just 200 will be sold.

Automakers draw from a variety of sources for inspiration when it comes to the SEMA show in Las Vegas and Lexus is borrowing from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” with its 2018 LC Inspiration Series production car and a Black Panther Inspired LC concept coupe.

Marvel’s latest character-based film, Black Panther, features the title character driving a 2018 Lexus LC 500 so borrowing from that for some high-powered fun for SEMA only seems to make sense.

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The brand starts with the limited-edition 2018 Lexus LC Inspiration Series features an exclusive deeply saturated, iridescent Structural Blue color. It will be the first iteration in a series of vehicles created for each flagship model. (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Lexus LS 500h

Bold new exterior matches top performing powertrain.

by on Sep.26, 2017

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 features bold new exterior styling, which has been the focus of the company's higher ups.

Throughout the years, Lexus has built a reputation for reliability that has always inspired confidence if not loyalty among the increasingly fickle, affluent buyers, who use their car both for transportation and to make a statement about their status and accomplishments.

With the new latest versions of the LS, the LS 500 and LS 500h, Lexus is also serving notice that it prepared not only to move away from the boring styling that has characterized the brand’s vehicles in the recent years but also plans to give customers a genuine choice of powertrain technology by offering a hybrid right alongside gasoline version.

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Moreover, the 2018 LS 500h and heir to LS 600, which was one of the more compelling Lexus vehicles to debut in recent years, isn’t some afterthought but a well-planned and -equipped vehicle featuring a refined powertrain with a range of 600 miles, which is more than enough for most any weekend trip. (more…)

Lexus LS: Struggling for Relevance in a Rapidly Changing Market

Retaining an “upstart” mindset critical in an increasingly uncertain industry.

by on Sep.22, 2017

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 features bold new exterior styling, which has been the focus of the company's higher ups.

From automotive upstart to part of the industry’s elite — there’ve been a lot of changes since Lexus made its debut nearly three decades ago. Now, there are new players trying to shake up the established order and its Toyota’s luxury brand that’s on the defensive.

Nothing symbolizes the challenges the Japanese marque faces like the 2018 LS, the fifth-generation remake of its flagship sedan. Since Lexus made its debut in 1989, the LS has symbolized everything the brand stands for: affordable, elegant, high-tech – and green, the full-size sedan becoming the first in its segment offered with a hybrid drivetrain option.

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But at a time when SUVs, rather than sedans, have come to dominate the sales charts, is the LS still relevant? And is Lexus, more broadly, keeping pace with the changes reshaping the auto industry, including the race to electrify that has seen major manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz announce plans to offer battery-based options for every single product they build? (more…)

Lexus Reveals Updated NX in Shanghai

Design tweaks and a more responsive adaptive suspension.

by on Apr.19, 2017

Lexus updates its NX crossover for the first time since its 2014 debut.

Continuing its campaign to pump more “passion” into the line-up, Lexus has rolled out a newly updated version of the NX crossover at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Already one of the most angular and aggressive models in the brand’s growing SUV and CUV line-up, the 2018 Lexus NX reveals a number of modest but notable visual revisions, front and back. It also adds some welcome new technology and, the luxury arm of Toyota claims it has also taken steps to improve the handling of the compact crossover.

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We’ll let Shin Kamiura, a member of the Lexus Design Division, describe some of the salient exterior updates: “Starting at the spindle grille, the way the front edges connect to the front fenders results in a much bolder expression than before, clearly highlighting the NX’s style design architecture.”


Lexus Mixing Speed With Pleasure in New F Sport

New LS F Sport offers multiple powertrains.

by on Apr.11, 2017

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport brings the power element to the grace and style of the new flagship.

The styling evolution of the Lexus line-up, specifically the Japanese brand’s LS flagship portfolio, continues with the debut of the all-new LS F Sport at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

The new F Sport comes on the heels of the debut of the LS 500 in Detroit and the LS 500h in Geneva. The previous models offered the comfort, style and efficiency capable in the LS group, however, the F Sport is all about the speed and performance.

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The all-new LS is based on an extended version of the brand’s premium global architecture for luxury vehicles, which is the stiffest that Lexus has ever developed. The result is enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. F Sport capitalizes on the platform’s responsiveness and agility to present the most engaging LS driving experience yet. (more…)

Automakers Doing Better Job of Satisfying Customers, Finds New JD Power Study

by on Mar.16, 2017

Lexus topped the 2017 CSI, but has growing competition, notably including U.S. brands like Buick.

While consumers have had to suffer through a modest increase in quality and reliability issues in recent years – most in the form of balky electronics – automakers appear to be doing a better job of keeping their owners happy, according to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates.

When it comes to servicing the vehicles they sell, Power shows a “significant” uptick in the 2017 Customer Satisfaction Index. The CSI focuses on how owners feel things went at franchised dealer and independent service facilities. The latest study calls out Lexus as tops among luxury brands, Buick among mainstream marques.

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“The quality of work—doing the job right the first time—can noticeably affect customer satisfaction and loyalty, but it shouldn’t be viewed in a vacuum,” said Chris Sutton, vice president, U.S. automotive retail practice at J.D. Power. “Proactive communication with the customer, especially while the car is being serviced, is one element that has a direct influence on loyalty.”