Despite revealing the LF-C2 Convertible Concept at this week’s LA Auto Show, Lexus will reportedly not offer a convertible version of the RC.
Instead of producing an RC convertible, the plans for which were set in motion years ago, Lexus has instead begun working on a new three-row crossover. This is because, according to Motor Trend, when Lexus dealers found out that the brand was going to build a convertible RC before a three-row crossover they threw a fit.
Lexus dealers have been calling for a three-row version of the RX for years, as it is bound to sell well considering the RX is still the best-selling luxury crossover. The brand considered stretching the next-generation RX platform, but decided against it because the platform wasn’t meant to be expanded. Instead, Lexus will build a new three-row crossover based on the next-generation LS platform, which means it will be rear-wheel drive, helping it directly compete with the Mercedes GL, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX80.
Currently, Lexus offers the body-on-frame GX with three rows, but it simply doesn’t sell well. The new crossover is expected to debut as a 2018 model year, and it may even adopt the GX moniker.
GALLERY: Lexus LF-C2 Concept Live Photos
GALLERY: Lexus LF-C2 Concept
[Source: Motor Trend]
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