2010 Lexus ES 350?

2010 Lexus ES 350

It looks like the rumor of a 2010 Lexus ES facelift is right on the mark, as blogger Vince Burlapp has posted a blurry photo of an ES with a revised front-end.

The headlight treatment does seem a little derivative, but I really like the new grille. It has a strong, unique look, especially when you consider the current design.

There is a possibility this image is fake, but I’m inclined to believe it real. In fact, I’ve been told the new grille would resemble the LF-Xh, and that certainly holds up here.

One last interesting thing — there seems to be a blue tint to the Lexus logo. An ES hybrid, perhaps?

2009 Lexus Models

Welcome to 2009!

To prepare for this new year, let’s recap what we can expect over the next twelve months. The most definitive information regarding Lexus’ future was a WSJ interview with Lexus General Manager Mark Templin, where he promised four new models this year. Here’s a breakdown:

New Lexus RX

2010 Lexus RX 350

The biggest Lexus story of 2008 carries into 2009. The new, fully redesigned RX is expected to hit dealerships in February. Both the conventional-gas RX 350 and the hybrid RX 450h were unveiled in November at the LA Auto Show, and created quite a stir with its evolutionary exterior and revolutionary interior.

Lexus IS Convertible

Lexus IS 250C

The long-expected convertible variation of the IS was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in October 2008, but probably won’t make it to dealerships until early summer 2009. The hard-top convertible coupe looks to be the successor of the SC, and also better equips the IS to compete with the versatility of the BMW 3-series & Infiniti G line-up.

Lexus HS 250h

Lexus HS250h

We’ll know all the details on the HS 250h after next week’s Detroit Auto Show, where it will be shown for the first time. The above photo could very well be this new hybrid sedan, which is said to be the Lexus version of the Toyota Prius.

Mystery Fourth Model

The last model is currently unknown, and it adds a little intrigue to this new year. It’s widely expected to a new GX with looks based on the current LX 570 design, but there’s also a possibility we might see an F-Sport version of the LS.

There’s also been mention of LS & ES facelifts, similar to what happened with the 2008 GS & 2009 IS. This would likely include new grilles and headlight treatments.

TPP’s Ten Most Popular Posts of 2008

Lexus New Year

It’s the last day of 2008, making it the perfect day to list the most popular stories over the last year. Let’s start:

10. Is the Lexus LF-A really the new SC?

Lexus LF-A Roadster Concept

Early this year, I was struck by the idea that the Lexus LF-A was actually the F-Sport version of the next SC, and this was written to support the idea. This is also one of my only feature articles on the site.

9. Five Axis Lexus Project GS Unveiled

Lexus FiveAxis Project GS

This was the first look at the Project GS, a heavily modified Lexus GS 460 by FiveAxis, which quickly carved a spot into my top-five Lexus’ of all time.

8. New Job Design Lexus LS Body Kit

Regardless of its Buick VIP looks, this Job Design body kit for the 4th Generation Lexus LS was quite a hit.

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Belated Lexus Christmas Commercial

It comes a little late, but this Lexus December to Remember commercial makes an interesting contrast to the other adverts that ran this season:

Per usual, the music selection is fantastic, and the animation is certainly cute, but I have to admit some disappointment that the RX wasn’t actually growing underneath the bow.

Lexus Wallpaper of the Week: GS Architecture

This week’s wallpaper is a beautiful shot of a 2007 Lexus GS 430 450h, complete with structural integrity:

Lexus GS430  Wallpaper

There’s certainly a perfection with this photo, the building built with the same curves as the GS. Definitely one of my favorite third-generation GS photos.