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Lexus Luxury Minivan to Start Production in 2020

Lexus Minivan Face

As further proof Lexus plans to reveal a luxury minivan at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Chubu Keizai newspaper in Nagoya has reported that production of the new vehicle is slated for next year — from the translated article:

The company will start mass production in 2020 at its subsidiary Toyota Auto Body Inabe Factory (Inabe City). First of all, export and sales to China and Asia are expected.

In China and Asia, the popularity of large minivans, especially among wealthy people, is overheating. While responding quickly to the spread of demand, it intends to further enhance its brand image by introducing highly competitive products.

Toyota Auto Body is responsible for producing all Toyota vans sold overseas, including the Alphard luxury minivan that should share its underpinnings with the new Lexus version.

Lexus Alphard

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?


Video: Lexus RC F Track Edition at Laguna Seca

Lexus RC F Track Edition

With the 2020 Lexus RC F starting to arrive at dealerships in the USA, here’s retired racer Scott Pruett taking the updated high-performance coupe (and the upcoming Track Edition version) around Laguna Seca:


Photo Gallery: The Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

Lexus LC Inspiration Series

The limited-edition sunshine-yellow LC 500 Inspiration Series made its Canadian debut at the Vancouver Auto Show last week, and Lexus Canada published a massive photo gallery to celebrate the occasion:

The 2019 Lexus LC 500 exterior is painted in vibrant Flare Yellow and finished with 21-inch wheels and a carbon fiber roof and lower grille insert. Inside, yellow Alancatara accents the doors and white leather and yellow stitching features throughtout the cabin.

Lexus will have 12 of these models for offer in Canada, with some already rolling into dealerships.


Poll: What’s your favorite vehicle in the current Lexus lineup?

Lexus Favorite Lexus

You drive past the local Lexus dealership, and decide to stop in for a quick look around. Which model is your first stop? What is your favorite current Lexus in the lineup?

Some will prefer the flagships, others will lean towards performance, and perhaps it’s all about the next vehicle you’re going to buy. Spend a couple moments to think it through, then cast your vote.

I’m sure we all have our idea which model is going to come out on top, but this is a survey that could yield some surprises. Voting closes in a week, be sure to discuss and defend your choice in the forums!