Another Wild (but Formal) Japanese Commercial for the Lexus RX 300/Harrier


It would be remiss of me not to post this second lion-man Lexus RX 300/Harrier commercial, considering how floored I was by the first one:

This one is even better than the first, as we get to see lion-man lounging by the pool, reading a report, while his beauty swims in the pool. I’m so glad he’s well-to-do, I guess Japan is a much more accepting country, because in America, lion-men have to live in the sewers.

Are We Looking at the New Lexus JX?


Edmund’s Straightline Blog has some interesting analysis of the recent 2009 RX spy shots, suggesting that it’s not a RX at all, but an all-new model, the Lexus JX:

What’s a JX 460? It’s yet another luxury sport ute, but unlike the softly sprung RX, the JX will be a performance-oriented crossover along the lines of Infiniti’s FX line. It was previewed as the HPX concept seen above, and judging by the profile of this prototype, the production JX won’t change much from the concept. It will ride on the same platform as the next GS sedan, so it will most likely offer both rear- and all-wheel drive and either a 3.5-liter V6 or 4.6-liter V8.

This would be nothing but idle speculation without proof, but Straightline makes a convincing argument in two ways. First, as mentioned, the JX will be based on the HPX concept, and when you view the concept next to the spy shot, there’s definitely some similarity:

2009 Lexus RX Spy Shot

Lexux HPX Concept

Secondly, which could be the clincher, is yet another spy shot, taken by a Straightline editor just this morning, of a camo-clad RX:

Yet Another 2009 Lexus RX Spy Shot

There’s no arguing that this is a RX, though by the looks of it, there’s little difference to the current version. However, this would almost make more sense, as the RX is so successful there’s no real reason for Lexus to mess with it too much.

There’s a serious height drop with those first spy shots, which would suggest a more performance-oriented model, and with planned third row seating for the RX, there doesn’t seem to be enough room in the rear.

Whether true or not, it’s definitely an interesting idea, and one I hope is true. The JX will be a great fit in the Lexus lineup, and the sooner the better.

The Lexus Body Kit Series: RX 330/350/400h


The Lexus Body Kit Series: RX 330/350/400h

The second part of my Lexus Body Kit Series has been posted, this time with the RX 330/350/400h.

There are some very interesting body kits for the RX, and most have the strange characteristic of making the vehicle look much smaller and car-like. I had to admit some surprise that Toyota themselves are in the game, with their Advanced and Impressive body kits.

My favorite has to be the Wald International Executive:

Wald International Executive RX 330/350/400h Body Kit

The vehicle barely resembles the base model, and I have a particular fondness for the replacement grille.

I was disappointed in the image quality that I found. Why these body kit manufacturers don’t have print-quality graphics, I’ll never know. I’m in contact with the manufacturers, and will be working to replace the smaller images.

Big News of the Day: Buick Ties with Lexus in J.D. Power’s Dependability Study


JD Power Vehicle Dependability Results

I couldn’t take a step online today without seeing that Buick & Lexus have tied in J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study.

The study, which takes three-year old vehicles and looks at the number of problems over its last twelve months, has been thoroughly dominated by Lexus since 1993. This year marks the first time that there’s been another marque to share the spotlight, and you have to give credit where it’s due. But will Buick be able to cash in on the results?

On a vehicle-by-vehicle basis, Lexus put in a commanding performance, garnering five segment awards, the most of any carmaker. The GS 300/GS430, GX 470, LS 430, LX 470 and SC 430 all took first place, with the RX 300 placing second behind the GX 470. The IS 300 and ES 330 took third place in their respective segments.

Lexus RX: 2nd Generation Body Kits


Auto Couture Complete

Auto Couture Complete Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Auto Couture

Direct Link to Body Kit: Auto Couture Complete

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler, Over Fender

Ings+1 LX Sport 1

Ings+1 LX Sport 1 Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Ings+1

Direct Link to Body Kit: Ings+1 LX Sport 1 (PDF Catalog)

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler

Ings+1 LX Sport 2

Ings+1 LX Sport 2 Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Ings+1

Direct Link to Body Kit: Ings+1 LX Sport 2 (PDF Catalog)

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler

TOM’s RX330/Harrier

Ings+1 LX Sport 2 Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: TOM’s

Direct Link to Body Kit: TOM’s RX330/Harrier

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler

Balsarini

Balsarini Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Balsarini

Direct Link to Body Kit: Balsarini

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler

Prussian Blue

Prussian Blue Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Prussian Blue

Direct Link to Body Kit: Prussian Blue

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler, Fog Lamp, Mirror Cover

Wald International Executive

Wald International Executive Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Wald International

Direct Link to Body Kit: Wald International Executive

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler

Wald International Sports

Wald International Sports Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Wald International

Direct Link to Body Kit: Wald International Sports

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler

Toyota Impressive

Toyota Impressive Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Toyota

Direct Link to Body Kit: Toyota Impressive

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler, Mirrors, Front Grille

Toyota Advanced

Toyota Advanced Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Toyota

Direct Link to Body Kit: Toyota Advanced

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler, Roof Spoiler, Mirrors, Rear Lights

Gialla Sportivo

Gialla Sportivo Lexus RX 330/350/400h Body KitBody Kit Manufacturer: Gialla

Direct Link to Body Kit: Gialla Sportivo

Individual Pieces: Front Spoiler, Side Step, Rear Spoiler, Front Grille, Mirror Cover