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Lexus LT Pickup Truck

Luxury automotive brands have long steered away from offering pickup trucks, even as they dominate sales in North America. There have been exceptions over the years — notably the Lincoln F150 and the Cadillac Avalanche — but none have been able to make an impact before ultimately being cancelled.

This may change with the introduction of the Mercedes X-Class, a mid-size truck that debuted last year and will be available in Europe, South America, Australia, and South Africa. The truck itself is utilitarian in nature, built for a working life and less concerned with luxury, but there’s no escaping the three-pointed star on the front grille.

With that in mind, Spanish website Motor.es has invented the Lexus LT, a truck with the face of the LX SUV and the body of a Toyota Tacoma. The idea is appealing in its own way, but only as a fun exercise — Lexus doesn’t have the worldwide reach of Mercedes, and there’s a reason the X-Class isn’t coming to North America.

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I don't know whether it will happen, but I know it follows The Principle of Toyota Trucks: given sufficient time any Toyota-made pick-up truck will appear on the news carrying machineguns (maybe tank turrets) and painted with extremist symbols.
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Im not hating it, the idea of it is quite bizzare yet interesting. at the ned of it all: Why Not? lol
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  • August 14, 2018
That is an awesome looking pick up! It makes the X-class look cheap! (even though it’s a Nissan which is basically a Renault ) What a mean looking pick up but in the end won’t happen...what a shame.
I'm totally for this. This has come up a few times (even on ClubLexus) and I've always supported the idea.

I would love to see the Tundra, Tacoma and Hilux based version of a Lexus pickup truck. Lexus please bring it on...

TX 570 Fullsize (Tundra based) - 3UR-FE
TX 350 Midsize (Tacoma based) - 2GR-FKS
TX 270 Compact (Hilux based) - 2TR-FE
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Interesting indeed. Toyota certainly makes the best pickup trucks..
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Great idea as soon as possible please.
The grill and sharp Lexus edges would work amazing for a pick up but I don't want a Lexus pick up truck lol.
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  • August 15, 2018
Lance88
Interesting indeed. Toyota certainly makes the best pickup trucks..
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Lance88
Interesting indeed. Toyota certainly makes the best pickup trucks..
Yes Toyota does make one of the best pickup trucks. In the U.S. Ford canceled the Ford Ranger (Ranger is still sold outside of U.S.). Currently the Tacoma and Colorado are the top mid-size pickup trucks.

As for the Tundra it's got it's work cut out for itself competing with the Ford F Series which is the best selling full size pickup truck. Toyota needs to expand the Tundra with HD versions, diesel, etc.

Lexus should explore the idea of bringing Lexus pickup trucks to the world. If done right and executed well I think it would be a hit. I can imagine a supercharged Tundra based Lexus (LT 570) pushing 450+ hp. Lexus please build it now and take my money...
I'm of the opinion that trucks should be work vehicles, not luxury vehicles. Now, if anyone wants to spend their money on a Lexus pickup, I won't stop you, but I may laugh a bit just like I laughed at the Lincoln LTZ and Cadillac Escalade pickups.
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  • August 17, 2018
Why not a Rolls Royce Pick-Up truck, or a Lamborghini version. I'm sure that there is a market for that too.
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Why not a Rolls Royce Pick-Up truck, or a Lamborghini version. I'm sure that there is a market for that too.
Why not?
The Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup was very gaudy and the Lincoln LT pickup was a poseur. I think Lexus can execute a luxury pickup right from the start.

That Rolls Royce pickup looks awesome...a $300K ultra luxury pickup truck would be mind blowing but let's work on luxury pickups first then ultra luxury pickups.

If we go with the premise that all pickups should only be work trucks then all sedans should be boring four door cars that move people from point A to point B and there shouldn't be luxury sedans...all SUV's should be people movers or soccer mom's vehicle and there shouldn't be luxury SUV's or luxury CUV's...all coupe's should be two door cars that move less people from point A to point B...etc
OK, that Rolls truck is just a fan rendering and I think it looks awesome, if silly.

Seriously, though, I just don't see the appeal of driving a truck all the time. If I were to buy a new truck, I'd be looking at the stripped out work trucks first because of the generally lower cost and more durable interiors. I wouldn't be driving it all the time so I wouldn't mind a low-rent interior. I've driven quite a few cheap beaters in my time. Y'all should have seen my clapped out and stripped out 3rd gen Camry DX, haha.
Still more interested in the next generation IS and GS.
this was talked about few years back, and Lexus came out and said it will never happen... so it will never happen.
When the LF-LC came out it was a design study and no way was it ever going into production but it was well received and corporate gave it the green light. I think Lexus should bring out an LF-LT say to the Los Angeles and Texas autoshows and see how it will be received. I would love to see a luxury pickup truck be part of the Lexus line up. Never say never...:yum

LS 500 - Luxury Sedan
LC 500 - Luxury Coupe
LQ 500 - Luxury Qrossover
LX 570 - Luxury SUV
LX 570 - Luxury Pickup Truck
Trexus
When the LF-LC came out it was a design study and no way was it ever going into production but it was well received and corporate gave it the green light. I think Lexus should bring out an LF-LT say to the Los Angeles, Texas and Detroit autoshows and see how it will be received. I would love to see a luxury pickup truck be part of the Lexus line up. Never say never...:yum

LS 500/500h - Luxury Sedan
LC 500/500h - Luxury Coupe
LQ 500/500h - Luxury Qrossover
LX 570 - Luxury SUV
LT 570 - Luxury Pickup Truck
Oof, I feel like adding the LT model is simply pushing it. It isn't like they milked enough out of the flagship lineup. Four seems perfect to me. Though I can see why five can occur because they can chop the rear end of an LX and add a flatbed or cut the back end sideways in half to make a pickup bed already and make a new model already.

I also want to mention that the LX is unlike any luxury SUV in the world. The only exception being the Geländewagen, which is it's main competitor.
F1 Silver Arrows
Oof, I feel like adding the LT model is simply pushing it. It isn't like they milked enough out of the flagship lineup. Four seems perfect to me. Though I can see why five can occur because they can chop the rear end of an LX and add a flatbed or cut the back end sideways in half to make a pickup bed already and make a new model already.

I also want to mention that the LX is unlike any luxury SUV in the world. The only exception being the Geländewagen, which is it's main competitor.
The LT 570 would be based off the Toyota Tundra not the LX 570. Similarly how the Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup was based off the Chevrolet Avalanche and the Lincoln LT pickup was based off the Ford F-150.
ssun30
I don't know whether it will happen, but I know it follows The Principle of Technicals: given sufficient time any Toyota-made pick-up truck will appear on the news carrying machine guns (maybe tank turrets) and painted with extremist symbols.

Honestly that's a plus point for Toyota not minus

It means that Toyotas are the only vehicles that can face any weather in any place in the world

It's the Arctic main vehicle and only vehicle reaches the north pole, and in the same time it works well in the desert land of aussie and not stopped even after loading huge loads in 60's + weather in the middle east

Same car with no modification what so ever and all affordable can get you where you want regardless your payload capacity and weight
Let me throw in some commentary on the Motor.es article that begat this thread. It is in no way, shape or form suggesting that a Lexus pickup truck will actually happen. They are simply indulging in "what-if" and "wouldn't it be nice?" The title Ya es hora de ver un pickup premium híbrido de Lexus en el mercado (It's about time we saw a premium hybrid pickup from Lexus on the market) says it all. There are (by my count) about 4 mentions in the text of the article that such a Lexus pickup truck should have a hybrid powertrain (even though Toyota has yet to show such a powertrain) and ends by saying that such a hybrid pickup would be "a very interesting alternative" to a Mercedes X-Class.

An earlier passage states that "Lexus should dare to create a premium hybrid pickup. Its critically acclaimed, reliable and efficient hybrid technology would be the perfect incentive to make its mark with a pickup that would bear the marque's emblem.

They freely admit to basing their rendering on a Tacoma double cab, and they link to an earlier article that not only sings the praises (while also admitting to some disadvantages) of body-on-frame SUVs, but reminds us how inextricably linked those SUVs are to pickup trucks. They cite the under-the-skin commonality between Toyota's Hilux and Land Cruiser Prado; Ford's Ranger and upcoming Bronco; Jeep Wrangler's upcoming Scrambler pickup version; and the Nissan Navara / Renault Alaskan / Mercedes X-Class pickup triplets' SUV sibling, the Chinese-market Nissan Terra.
@Joaquin Ruhi
I agree on mid sized "Hilux / Tacoma" size more than full sized Tundra
Honestly history said that full sized luxury pickup will fail
Currently CUV's are top selling vehicles followed by pickup trucks, SUV's, sedans and least sold are hatchbacks and coupes. Lexus can capitalize on a Tundra based luxury pickup truck (LT 570). The Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup truck was around from 2002 through 2013 and the Lincoln LT was around from 2006 through 2008. A Tundra based Lexus luxury pickup would work in U.S. and the Middle East whereas a Tacoma based Lexus luxury pickup (RT 350) would work for the rest of the world.

On anther note it appears Lexus is considering a luxury minivan LM 350 and LM 300h based off of the Vellfire and Alphard to compete with Mercedes Metris minivan. I'm totally for it as well...
I don't know
If a full sized truck will be successful in USA why for example Benz choose the midsized Frontier instead of the fullsized Titan, you already said the most flop examples EXT & LT, still the same question why Lincoln and Cadillac did not bring them back if they got market instead of making F-150, Silverado more luxurious.

The new RAM 150 is what i mean, it does not have to be from luxury maker to be advertised as luxury pickup
Joaquin Ruhi
An earlier passage states that "Lexus should dare to create a premium hybrid pickup. Its critically acclaimed, reliable and efficient hybrid technology would be the perfect incentive to make its mark with a pickup that would bear the marque's emblem".
I remember awhile back Toyota debut a concept hybrid pickup truck called the A-BAT. It's a little bit on the small side.



I say that Lexus should take the A-BAT and bring it to the Lexus side. Lexus needs an onslaught of products to bring back excitement and bring new customers and keep existing customers.

LT 570 - Full size luxury pickup truck based off the Tundra
RT 350 - Mid size luxury pickup truck based off the Tacoma
IT 300 - Compact luxury pickup truck based off the Hilux
NT 300h - Sub-compact luxury hybrid pickup truck based off the A-BAT

BMW has seven CUV's, wagons and I love the 3 & 5 Series GT. Lexus please bring luxury pickup trucks, luxury minivans, luxury wagons and luxury hatchbacks...
Honestly I am not agree with you or anyone saying a Full sized Hybrid may do well, because it won't

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