Lexus has been toying with the idea of a seven-seat crossover for a decade, and those plans will continue to sit for some time.
But the brand is hinting at its path to replace the mid-size GX SUV with something called the TX. The brand applied for a trademark filing covering that name, which Automotive News reports will arrive in production form in late 2016 or early 2017. Lexus first showed the HPX concept (above) during the 2003 New York Auto Show, which is a seven-seat crossover.
It isn’t clear if the company will choose to use the same front-wheel drive architecture as the RX crossover or if it will borrow underpinnings from the IS/GS rear-wheel drive sedans.
The new IS sport sedan was just released, and Lexus is in the middle of a big product push. The ES, GS and LS have also all received major changes recently. Meanwhile, the company has a coupe version of the IS, said to be called the RC, waiting in the wings. A new compact crossover based on the RAV4 is also coming soon.
[Source: Automotive News]
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