Sunday, June 27, 2021

2022/23 Lexus UC: no way...




It seems everyone is talking about these spy shots showing a Lexus version of the new Toyota GR86.

I don't think these are real, and I don't think Lexus is planning such a car. With less than 2500 units sold last year, I was already surprised to even see the 2nd generation. For both Toyota and Subaru.
With so few units sold, it would be ridiculous to add a 3rd model

Also, Toyota has always been very careful to give all Lexus models their own designs and interiors. Even if they are based on Toyota platforms and use similar powertrains. No Lexus model has just been a Toyota with a Lexus grille. Like the spy shots above are showing.

These spy shots are either a joke or a test mule. Maybe for an upcoming Lexus model using that platform. (Which would actually explain why they did produce a 2ng generation) Or just a different version of the Toyota/Subaru models. With camouflage making it look like a Lexus.

The newest rumor is about the powertrain, which would be a hybrid using the 2.5 Liter from the Toyota/Subaru versions. That does make sense for a Lexus coupe. A hybrid with more power.
But that also could be an upgrade/option for the Toyota/Subaru. 

Still, I am not sure why Lexus would be spending money on a new coupe, since they only sold about 3800 units of their current coupe, the RC, last year. 






 

5 comments:

Doug said...

I seriously doubt there will be a Lexus version of the GT86. That platform is too far away from what a Lexus is. Even though that's what it looks like, couldn't it also be a mule for a next gen RC?

And yeah, Lexus hasn't just slapped a grill on a US-sold Toyota, but several Lexus models have been quick rebadges of Japanese market models

FFEMT6 said...

I just hope you're right.

Anonymous said...

I can't say that this possible Lexus sinks to the same level as a Cavalier / Cimarron but it would be getting closer and would be a stain on the Lexus brand

Rude said...

I think if it was a hybrid or had electrification it could totally work. But it would need its own sheet metal. Maybe a replacement for the RC?

Anonymous said...

Vince: "No Lexus model has just been a Toyota with a Lexus grille."

Lexus LX: "cries" 😢