It looks like the Lexus GS is dead, and it’s all because of the new LS and possibly even the innocuous ES.
According to Japanese enthusiast magazine MAG-X, the next-generation GS will likely not see the light of day because Lexus executives are worried it will steal sales from the new LS flagship that debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
The LS is markedly bigger than the GS, but both cars now come standard with a V6 engine.
In 2016, Lexus sold 14,878 units of the GS, a figure that pales in comparison to the 32,408 units BMW sold of the 5 Series and the even more impressive 50,896 units of the Mercedes E-Class that that found homes during the same period.
The best year for the current-generation GS was in 2015, when it sold a still-unimpressive 23,117 units.
Perhaps the biggest problem facing the GS is the ES. Not only are the two sedans roughly the same size and offer the same premium features, but the ES sells markedly better, with Lexus delivering some 58,288 units in 2016.
And, of course, we can’t forget about the decline of the global sedan segment, yet another nail in the GS’ coffin…
The fact that the GS is rear-wheel drive sports sedan while the ES is front-wheel drive cruiser might no longer be enough justification to keep it around, especially when there is little to no chance of it meeting sales expectations.
Lexus Trademarks LQ Name, Hints At New Flagship SUV
As with every automaker, Lexus is serious about adding even more crossovers to its lineup. It has trademarked the LQ name, which could be used for new flagship crossover.
Toyota’s luxury arm teased the idea of new flagship crossover with the LF-1 Limitless concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The “L” portion of the LQ name follows the brand’s tradition of having all of its flagship models start with an L (e.g. LS, LC and LX), but We’ll have to wait and see what the Q stands for since that letter has never adorned a Lexus.
How does LQ sound for the name of a crossover? Too effeminate, maybe?
There is a rumor that the Lexus LQ could debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and that the LQ name could simply be used for another concept instead of a production model. Lexus may not even use it for anything.
You’ll have to stay tuned for what’s been cooking.
Toyota And Lexus Vehicles Will Talk To Each Other In 2021
As part of its efforts to enhance the safety of its vehicles, Toyota Motor Co has announced that Toyota and Lexus vehicles will literally be be able to talk to each other in the near future.
The Japanese automaker will begin adding Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems on its vehicles starting in 2021, with the aim spreading the technology throughout its entire lineup by the mid-2020s.
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), stated:
“By allowing vehicles’ intelligent systems to collaborate more broadly and effectively through DSRC technology, we can help drivers realize a future with zero fatalities from crashes, better traffic flow and less congestion.”
DSRC supports the broadcast of precise anonymized vehicle information several times per second, including location, speed and acceleration, with the transmission enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. It uses 7 channels of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band to communicateand the technology and, therefore, does not require a cellular or data network.
The shared information can be used to help drivers prevent collisions, as well as provide helpful real-time information, such as potential hazards, slow or stopped vehicles ahead, or signals, signs, and road conditions that may be difficult to see.
Japan is ahead of the curve with DSRC technology. Toyota for one has been selling vehicles with the DSRC technology since 2015, and there are more than 100,000 DSRC-equipped Toyota and Lexus vehicles now on the road in Japan.
New Lexus ES Shows Off Its Massive, Whale-Mouth Grille
What you’re looking at is not the gaping mouth of a baleen whale getting ready to gorge on a swarm of krill. No, this is not National Geographic — it’s the grille of the new Lexus ES.
Lexus says to “expect the unexpected” with the seven-generation of its popular midsize sedan, and we imagine many unsuspecting motorists will be taken aback after seeing a grille like that in their rearview mirror. What a sight.
As for the rest of the car, it will be based on Toyota’s TNGA platform that also underpins the latest Camry and Avalon (your should see the grille on that thing), perhaps granting it lower weight and improved torsional rigidity for improved handling. The automaker stated:
“This all-new Lexus vehicle aims to radically transform the driving experience for luxury consumers all over the world.”
We have little doubt that the new ES will be a better overall vehicle than its predecessor, but will it sell better, especially in a market that clearly prefers SUV and crossovers?