In Japan, Toyota offers the Mark X model that is built off of the Lexus GS platform as a sportier sedan option for its home market. And similar to how the GS was refreshed for the 2013 model, the Japanese automaker has updated its Mark X sedan in Japan.
Toyota has outfitted its 2013 Mark X with a more aggressive front end with angular headlights and a new grille. The rear end of the sedan however gets more subtle changes, namely a new set of taillights. As for powerplants, a 2.5-liter V6 with 203-hp is available on the base model while a 3.5-liter V6 with 318-hp is available for those craving more performance. The 2013 Mark X is available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
Similar to how America gets the GS 350 F-Sport model, Japan also gets an even sportier option with the G’s Mark X that receives upgrades from Gazoo Racing. The exterior gets a body kit and larger wheels to go along with its bigger brakes, while the sport-tuned suspension makes the Mark X handle quite differently than the factory counterpart. Engine options are the same as the standard Mark X.
Pricing on the 2013 Mark X out in Japan starts at around $31,000 and can reach $53,500. Unfortunately Toyota has no plans to bring the Mark X to other markets outside of Japan, and it has sadly been that way for many years.