They originally registered the TX name for the RX-L but decided to not use it right?
A separate model name could mean the new generation 3-row RX could be a separate design from the 2-row, which it should be.
This also suggests a high power transverse hybrid system as the 500h with power in the range of 350-370hp which is exactly what RX needs.
TX was originally registered on 20 October 2009, and abandoned on 16 June 2017. I wrote about it in a June 2010 Kaizen Factor piece almost as an afterthought when reporting mainly on the FR-S trademark. I naïvely and erroneously predicted TX would be used for what is now NX. When the NX 200t and NX 300h trademarks surfaced on October 2012 (3 years after the original TX filing), guesses for TX shifted to the "Lexus Sequoia". Very apropos considering that such an extension of the Lexus lineup would probably be built in the San Antonio, Texas Toyota BOF truck plant.They had TX trademarked I think almost 10 years ago... TX was originally thought to be a Sequoia-sized SUV.
They had JX trademarked too, before Infiniti trademarked JX35, which later became the QX60. I believe JX was expected to be the three row midsize SUV. Again, this was all probably 8-10 years ago now...
Finally, it seems that Toyota and Nissan seem to be playing a game of tit-for-tat with dormant two-letter model prefixes. The NX badge adorned a Nissan Sentra-derived sports coupe in the early 1990’s, and Lexus’ using this previously Nissan-centric name might be payback of sorts for the latter’s usurping of Lexus’ unused, trademarked JX prefix for the Infiniti JX crossover SUV.
Until now, conventional wisdom suggested that Lexus crossover/SUV line expansions would either be a production version of the LF-1 Limitless concept or a "Lexus Sequoia". TX 350 (either a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 or a 2.4/2.5-liter turbo 4) and TX 500h (3.5-liter V6 hybrid) both seem low numbers for either of those vehicles (especially TX 350). Thus, I'll go along with the consensus here that when Lexus moves its upper mid-size crossovers to the TNGA-K platform, it may well "divorce" the 3-row TX from the 2-row RX.Keep in mind that based on the NX 350 trademark, new "350" is likely to be the turbo 4.
Yes, now that you mention it, I remember those rumors in the U.S. as well.>> A production version of the HPX concept based on the GS platform.
In any case, the rumor was that it's 3-row and replaces the GX (and that GX would be discontinued after 2015). Obviously none of these happened.
Lexus has registered trademarks for the TX 350 and TX 500h with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, suggesting a new model could be on the horizon.
In the name of pure speculation, the brawny TX nameplate could be the answer to U.S. dealership requests for a large three-row SUV — this quote from an Automotive News interview with Lexus USA dealer council chairman Carl Sewell III says it all:
Sewell said Lexus could use a Cadillac Escalade fighter — a big, three-row luxury SUV — but there are other considerations beyond what dealers want, such as how vehicles fit into the brand’s regulatory plans.
“I think every dealer would raise their hand for that product, certainly,” Sewell told...