Lexus GX, LX Future in Jeopardy

Lexus is taking a closer look at its large SUV range.

With the debut of the larger 2016 Lexus RX at the 2015 New York Auto Show this week, the Japanese automaker said it has a “really good one-two punch in the crossover segments” with the NX and RX models. The claim comes from the company’s executive vice president, Mark Templin, who also added that Lexus believes it can “cover most of the markets” with the two crossovers. Both the larger, three-row GX and LX models are built on a traditional ladder-frame chassis and Templin said that both models perform very well in the U.S.

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But like many other automakers that are having to revamp their model lineup and powertrain offerings to comply with increasing emissions regulations, Templin added that “the future of those vehicles longer term is in doubt because of regulations that are being driven by governments all over the world.”

If the company chooses to axe one of its three-row SUVs, it is likely that the RX will gain a variant to seat seven or even eight.

[Source: Autoblog]

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