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Lexus x Nike x John Elliott: A UX Crossover Event

Lexus John Elliott Nike Tires

Lexus teamed up with designer John Elliott and Nike for New York Fashion Week, outfitting a UX crossover with Air Force 1 tires:

Inspired by Elliott’s earlier collaboration with Nike, the tires feature the sole design of the iconic Nike sneaker. No word if this rubber is in any way functional.

Lexus Considers First High-Performance F Brand Crossover

Lexus F Badge

Lexus wants to be build an high-performance F brand crossover, but are still debating which direction to take — from a Motor1 interview with Cooper Ericksen, vice president for product planning and strategy at Lexus USA:

While Chika Kako, executive vice president and chief engineer to the Lexus UX, previously acknowledged the brand’s smallest crossover “has potential” to join the F family as a high-horsepower gasoline-electric hybrid, Ericksen stated that Lexus continues to evaluate what an F crossover or SUV might emphasize.

“[What] we’re currently trying to figure out is [if] the on-road performance aspect [is] more important [for Lexus] to invest in than the off-road performance.”

Based on the current lineup, this position makes sense — the UX, NX, and RX are all built on FWD platforms, and would struggle to deliver the performance expected from an F brand vehicle, while the truck-based GX or LX would benefit more from an off-road upgrade similar to Toyota’s TRD Pro offerings.

However, there’s an obvious choice waiting in the wings: the LF-1 Limitless Concept that debuted at last year’s Detroit Auto Show may not be confirmed for production just yet, but it’s a slam dunk for the first F brand crossover with its expected rear-wheel drive platform.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless

(Interestingly enough, Lexus Enthusiast readers voted the LF-1 Limitless as their choice for the first F brand crossover in a recent poll, with 38% of votes. The RX was second at 24%.)

Lexus UX Complete Lease Program Launches in USA

Lexus UX Complete Lease

The Lexus Complete Lease program has launched in the USA, with the new UX crossover available for a single monthly payment that includes insurance, maintenance, and all connected services.

The lease is limited to 20,000 miles over two years, and is currently available in seven states: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Insurance is provided by Travelers, and includes auto liability and physical damage coverage with a $500 deductible. The rest of the Lexus Complete Lease breaks down like this:

  • All scheduled maintenance (5k, 10k, plus 15k and 20k mile)
  • Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) waiver
  • Two years of connected vehicle services (including SiriusXM® satellite radio and Lexus Enform Remote Destination Assist is included on Navigation-equipped models)
  • Tire and wheel protection
  • $1,000 excess wear and use allowance

Pricing is determined by selected vehicle options and the participating dealership.

Lexus Launches Vehicle Subscription Service in Japan

Lexus Japan Subscription Service

Lexus Japan has debuted a new vehicle subscription service called KINTO SELECT, which allows customers to switch vehicles every six months over the course of three years.

The monthly cost of ¥180,000 ($1,643 USD) includes the vehicle payment, insurance, maintenance, and all taxes. Subscribers can choose between the ES 300h, IS 300h, RC 300h, UX 250h, RX 450h, and NX 300h. The one caveat — grade, options, and color are all based on availability.

KINTO SELECT will launch tomorrow on a trial basis through Lexus dealers in Tokyo, with nationwide rollout scheduled for summer. The number of vehicle models available as part of the service will expand at the beginning of autumn.

Next-Generation Lexus LX 500 Coming in 2020?

Lexus LX 2020 Next-Gen

The next-generation Lexus LX will debut in 2020 alongside a new Toyota Land Cruiser, according to Japanese magazine Best Car.

The rendering above shows a possible direction for the flagship Lexus SUV, and would be considered a much safer design than the existing model. But it’s the powertrains that hold the most surprise — Best Car reports that the twin-turbo V6 from the LS sedan will replace the V8 traditionally found in the LX, and that a new hybrid will be developed using the same TTV6.

Lexus LX 2020 Zoomed

The current model of the flagship Lexus SUV debuted in 2007, and has seen three updates over its production run. The latest refresh was a major refresh of the exterior, with only the doors and the roof carried over from the previous design.