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.