Is Toyota’s FT-4X an FJ Cruiser for a New Generation?

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The departed Toyota FJ Cruiser was a automobile of contrasts, depending on who you talked to. Also large, or not big sufficient. As well refined, or as well often employed as a grocery getter. Also retro, or not retro enough.

An homage to its extended-dead predecessor, the retro SUV defined “niche automobile,” and it sold like one as well. Not in massive numbers, but in constant ones. When Toyota phased it out of the North American industry after 2014, it left a vacuum that went unnoticed by most.

Is Toyota now organizing to fill that void?

According to AutoGuide, the automaker has filed a trademark application for the “FT-4X” name, signifying a “future Toyota.”

Dated October ten, the filing stirs hope in FJ Cruiser fans that Toyota plans to return with a new model that is a little edgier than its present crossover and SUV lineup. Unless something’s changed in the automotive lexicon, “4X” implies a four-wheel-drive model with a penchant for offroading.

Toyota keeps its naming of future vehicles pretty basic. The Toyota FT-86 idea sooner or later became the Toyota 86, so there’s reason to take those final two digits seriously … and actually.

If Toyota is certainly arranging a brawny utility car to replace the FJ Cruiser, there hasn’t been any talk of it. This trademark application could be the very first whisper. Let’s hope if or when it does seem, Toyota tames its ingrained desire to play it safe in the styling division. And bring back the clamshell doors, please.

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NAIAS 2016: 2017 Lexus LC500 – Ur-Lexus for Subsequent Generation?

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4 years soon after Lexus unveiled its LF-LC at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the automaker announced Monday that it would put into production largely the identical auto and contact it the LC 500.

Powered by a five-liter V-8 lifted from the RC-F and GS-F, the LC 500 will be the brand’s largest two-door coupe and mostly total the turnaround by the automaker they started around four years ago.

Seriously, the LC 500 is by the same people who make the ES 350.

Lexus didn’t announce how considerably the LC 500 will price, nor when it would be on sale, but said it would be accessible sometime this year.

In announcing the coupe, Lexus signaled that the LC 500 would ride on the identical chassis that will underpin the new LS when that auto is unveiled later. (In Detroit, Lexus showed an LF-FC fuel cell notion with four doors that could foretell what the LS looks like later on.) The coupe is underpinned by Lexus’s new GA-L worldwide architecture for rear-drive, front-engine vehicles, according to the automaker.

Even though the LC 500 is a lot more than a foot shorter than the newly announced Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe, each automobiles have their fair share of similarities. The LC 500 and S550 share almost identical horsepower figures (although the Merc’s turbos give it significantly much more twist) and the coupe’s are practically the exact same height. Both coupes accelerate up to 60 mph in 4.five seconds and it is probably that the two coupes will share similar costs.

In spite of being an all-new car for Lexus, the LC 500 will function largely the identical electronics as current Lexus models without any new autonomous drive modes or tech.

Trading on momentum from its earlier design and style, the LC 500 largely follows the exact same form as the LF-LC idea, such as 20- and 21-inch wheels and wide hips.

Holy crap. These are the very same individuals that make the ES.


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