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Lexus to Debut Luxury Minivan at Shanghai Motor Show?

Lexus Minivan Face

Lexus China has revealed that a new vehicle will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next month. The announcement was accompanied by this teaser image, presented here in full resolution:

Lexus Minivan Full

The immediate thought would be an update to the RX crossover, but shortly after China’s announcement, Lexus Taiwan posted the following message on Facebook (translated):

LEXUS |THE LUXURY OF SPACE

How does Lexus jump off the limits of transportation? When the vehicle is upgraded to personal private space…for her, you can have more imagination.

That will be the present.

“Luxury of Space”. “Personal private space.” This is the kind of language used in Asian markets to sell….minivans.

Lexus is making a minivan.


Judging from the lack of announcements from other Lexus regions, this is a model that will likely be limited to China and Southeast Asia for its initial launch. This makes sense, as the popularity of minivans in these markets has grown exponentially, where they are viewed as a high-end luxury vehicle.

(This would also explain why Lexus trademarked LM 350 & LM 300h last year, as it’s most literal translation is “Luxury Minivan”.)

There’s so much to unpack here, and it’s going to require some time to process. But we have to start up the conversation — how do you feel about Lexus making a minivan?

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I agree to this broaden your horizon. So stereotypic Americans.
spwolf
So Lexus China should not offer a minivan that Chinese people want to buy, because you in USA or me in Europe think minivans are not cool?
Never heard about MB B or V? Maybe BMW 2? I think they're ugly but Germans like them.
GSCT
Well, I know it sounds arrogant, but basically yes. I can’t imagine we will ever see a BMW or Audi minivan.
MB V is Basically Vito with seats. You can't see if it is a workhorse or luxury mini van.
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GSCT
Even Cadillac never fell this low and we haven’t seen what a mess the spindle grill could add. If it’s not real careful, Lexus could come out of this with a blow to its style/performance image so carefully cultivated over the last decade.
Spare the dramatics. I've seen this type of post too many times already and its quite old.
New Lexus Minivan Could Look Like This If Based On Toyota’s Alphard
https://www.carscoops.com/2019/04/n...d-look-like-this-if-based-on-toyotas-alphard/


Motor
Would they use sharkfin? It's kinda Toyota's trademark.
It will sell like hot cakes in Asian markets
It has a very shine future in china
I don't know what to say about that grille...
Guys , still rendering
Wait for the real deal !!!
I know it's just a Russian artist's conception of what an Alphard-based Lexus minivan could look like, but I think it looks way better than I would've anticipated. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to the real thing (provided, of course, the Lexus is launched in Shanghai on the 16th).
Joaquin Ruhi
I know it's just a Russian artist's conception of what an Alphard-based Lexus minivan could look like, but I think it looks way better than I would've anticipated. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to the real thing (provided, of course, the Lexus is launched in Shanghai on the 16th).
Rendering looks good, pretty much as expected.

Lexus made the spindle work on the LX, and not only did it work but the execution was great.

I'm still not sure if this minivan was an April Fools joke or not but I hope its real and not much doubt in my mind that it will look good.
zeusus
Rendering looks good, pretty much as expected.

Lexus made the spindle work on the LX, and not only did it work but the execution was great.

I'm still not sure if this minivan was an April Fools joke or not but I hope its real and not much doubt in my mind that it will look good.
Don't worry there's no such thing as April's fool in Asia :)
^^Yes we do.

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