With the UX and a rumored compact-size FWD sedan in the works this trend will continue.We’re seeing the New World Order through the lens of Lexus right now — the GS shelved in favor of the ES, a $200k minivan, import tax engines, all geared to the Chinese market.
It’s a very different position for the North American consumer, but its one we will have to get used to. It’s hardly a hot take, but China is now the top-tier market for Lexus, with North America second.
(Even then, Europe is the primary market for the UX, and the US-centric release of the LC & LS both produced little in the way of sales.)
I was thinking why the LS was not designed for ChDM before. But then LM come and realized the LS is now completely irrelevant for them so they didn't even bother.