Lexus RX Front End design

Discussion in 'Lexus SUVs & Crossovers' started by Eaglebird, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. ISNXIS
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    I think it was a bold move by Lexus that works well on most models. I do prefer the non F Sport variant of the RX over the FS version though. I think the FS version looks best on the NX, which my wife drives and loves.

    I’ll never go German again, and I just recently sold my dream E39 M5 for a new IS350. I wanted something I know I could depend on for years to come.
     
  2. Ian Schmidt
    Ian Schmidt Staff Member Moderator
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    Assuming they're happy with the spindle as the brand's trademark, I think they'll keep it in some form. The BMW i3 has the classic two-kidney grill even though there's really no reason for it other than heritage.
     
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    WOAH! Okay there. I'm a fan of anything automotive and racing in general. But I am so shocked you sold for E39 M5 (an automotive legend) for an IS350. I really would like to hear why you preferred the Lexus because that's impressive (other than reliability). If an IS350 is able to woo a E39 customer then others shouldn't be so snobby towards Lexus vehicles.
     
  4. ISNXIS
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    This was my E39. The past two weeks made me wonder if I should have sold it but many factors went into me selling it. Ideally the GSF would have been the best replacement, but I can’t afford it.

    I have another kid on the way and I wanted something super duper duper reliable. That E39 sat in my garage for the majority of the years. I drove it maybe 10k miles in 3 years. It had 96k miles on it. So fun and strong, and a modern classic to boot. I did a lot of the preventative maintenance myself. I have an e46 that I drove daily with 210k miles on it. Still have it.

    In 2015, my wife and I got our first Lexus and it was an IS250. Great looking car, just slow. I was able to convince her that we should upgrade to her current NX FS and honestly, I love it. I always wanted to get back into Japanese and nothing beats Toyota reliability and dependability. Plus, when I poppped open my NX hood, it’s just so easy and accessible. The Germans engineer things to be so difficult. The car is legendary, but the fact is it was 16 years old and I have little time to deal with what may become of it. Man it sounded so good with even a muffler delete, comfy inside, just nostalgic BMW.

    So... I thought about everything. Do I ever want to be caught on the side of the road with my two little kids? Yeah, dads got a cool car, but safety and reliability is more important to me now. Do I want to deal with replacing the clutch soon maybe? What about potential rod bearings? Carbon build up blockage (easy fix with ECU reflash)? I dunno, things were beginning to weigh against keeping the car. Not like I couldn’t maintain it, but did I want to? Golfers elbow doesn’t help either!

    Now I hop into my Caviar on Rioja 350 FS and just drive... it’s nice to have a lot of tech in a car, but it’s no e39. I don’t know if I regret it, but I do miss looking at it.
     

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  5. mikeavelli
    mikeavelli Staff Member Moderator
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    Interestingly enough even though RX sales have never been better I am hearing the refresh will tone the front down a bit. I expect it for 2020.
     
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  6. phoenixss
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    You buy a Lexus first for its solid reliability and some levels of refinement, for the most part they are sourced from Toyota cars. The grill is a trademark and you like it or not it’s polarizing for sure. Personally I prefer the meshed F sport grill hover in the RX F sport the seats are made perfect for you if you weigh up to 150 pounds wet. So I’m stuck with the blade design which is not as good looking. As for your alternate, You don’t necessarily buy a Mercedes for Reliability, and for me reliability is paramount the grill well from inside the cockpit I cannot see it so I’m enjoying the plush and quiet ride and I know that the chances of getting my view obstructed by a towing vehicle are very very very slim
     
  7. Trexus
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    Update of RX sales:

    2010 - 95,790
    2011 - 82,595
    2012 - 95,381
    2013 - 103,920
    2014 - 107,490
    2015 - 100,610
    2016 - 109,435
    2017 - 108,307
    2018 - 111,641 YTD - Jan thru Dec, Projected 108,000 - 110,000 (wow! actual sales blew past my projection!)
    Total = 915,169
     
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    Update of RX sales:

    2009 - 93,379
    2010 - 95,790
    2011 - 82,595
    2012 - 95,381
    2013 - 103,920
    2014 - 107,490
    2015 - 100,610
    2016 - 109,435
    2017 - 108,307
    2018 - 111,641
    2019 - 3,982 YTD - Jan thru Jan, Projected 109,000 - 112,000
    Total = 1,012,530
     
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