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New Lexus ES Shows Off Its Massive, Whale-Mouth Grille

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New, 2019 Lexus ES Massive Whale 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?

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Lexus Trademarks LQ Name, Hints At New Flagship SUV

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

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.

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Toyota And Lexus Vehicles Will Talk To Each Other In 2021

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Toyota logo and Lexus logo

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.

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Why Lease? New Lexus UX Is Available Via Subscription

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New Lexus UX Crossover

Following in the footsteps of Volvo, Cadillac and Porsche, Lexus has announced a nee subscription service for the all-new UX crossover and possibly other models.

The ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service, in particular, lets you subscribe for select Volvo model at a flat monthly rate that includes the monthly cost of the car, insurance and servicing. Lexus’s service should work in much the same way.

The UX will likely not be the only model available for subscription, but we’ll have to wait and see what the other Lexus models will be.

When the subcompact crossover goes on sale in 2018, it will be offered in two versions — the UX 200 and UX 250h. The UX 200 is powered by a new, 168-hp 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that powers the front wheels via a new Direct Shift-CVT featuring traditional gears in addition to the belt mechanism that is said to improve the poor driving experience that plagues most CVTs. It is not offered with all-wheel drive, unfortunately.

Stepping up to the UX 250h gets you an Atkinson Cycle hybrid system that generates a combined 176 horsepower and a 38 combined MPG rating. The addition of an electric motor to the rear axle grants it all-wheel drive.

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