Lexus RX Prototype Photos, Round Two

Lexus RX Prototype Photos, Round 2

In all the excitement of the just-seen Lexus RX prototype running the ‘Ring in Germany, I missed that Leftlane News have their own spy coverage of the next-gen crossover. I love the revised stance of the vehicle:

Lexus RX Prototype Stance

The reduction of the rear bubble has done a lot to update the look of the RX, but I’ll admit to some worry about the visible front-end:

Lexus RX Prototype Front End

Eddie in the comments hit it right on the head, there’s too much Toyota showing through (I thought immediately of the previous generation Toyota Matrix). Still, remove all the camouflage and it could very well look like an IS-F.

Be sure to check out Leftlane News for more photos.

Top Gear builds a Lexus LS 400 Police Car

Top Gear was in top form for the start of their eleventh season last night, turning a very entertaining episode that managed to squeeze a ‘93-‘94 Lexus LS 400 into their first challenge of the year. Each presenter had to choose a sub-£1000 used car that could replace the Vauxhall Astra as the British Police car. Hilarity ensues:

I wonder if James May was influenced by Tom Ford’s modification of the LS 400 for his Fifth Gear review of the LS 460?

2010 Lexus RX Prototype Spotted in Germany

2010 Lexus RX Spyshot

A set of mildly-camoflagued Lexus RX prototypes have been spotted at Nürburgring in Germany, and the design is looking to be a successful merger of the current model and the LF-Xh concept shown at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

The most obvious element taken from the LF-Xh is the smoother, more flowing shape, looking lower and longer than the current model, let’s et’s compare and contrast:

2010 Lexus RX Prototype Back

2008 Lexus RX

Lexus LF-Xh

I find the streamlining to be very attractive, eliminating my biggest complaint about the current RX’s styling. I think the front-end needs some reworking though. While I’m relieved the Ford Edge style grille of the LF-Xh was dropped, the resulting nose is looking rather ordinary.

To see the full image set, check out Jalopnik’s gallery.

Salvador Dali Exhibit at Newport Lexus

Salvador Dali

If you’re anywhere near Newport Lexus in Orange County, California, you might want to check out their Salvador Dali exhibit, which opened yesterday and runs until June 30th:

Salvador Dali at Newport Lexus, Newport Beach, California

Friday, June 20 8:30a to 9:00p

Largest exhibit of Salvador Dali works ever shown in Newport Beach. More than 75 pieces, including original paintings, drawings, editions & sculptures by surrealist master.

The full details are available on the OC Register.

Toyota: Two Hybrids in Detroit Auto Show, not three

Lexus Hybrid Engine

Toyota’s Open Road blog has posted a clarification concerning last week’s report that three hybrids would be introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show:

A report in Monday’s news indicating that Toyota might be showing a new third hybrid car at the Detroit show was the result of an apparent misunderstanding.

We’d like to clarify this: We will show one Toyota hybrid and one new Lexus hybrid.

The apparent misunderstanding was some quotes from Masatami Takimoto, the executive vice president in charge of R&D, who said that the new Toyota would be “a totally new car” and larger than the Prius.

I wonder then, could Takimoto have been talking about the new Lexus?