Lexus’ Future: Small SUV, IS coupe and convertible, 7-Seater crossover

While Lexus executives fear that the expanding lineup at Lexus may harm its luxury status, Lexus will continue to pump out more models. Most executives feel that if Lexus keeps its price tag below $30,000, its cars will be seen as competitors in the luxury segment no matter what the volume is.

So what’s in the works for Lexus in the next couple of years? Well you already know about the Lexus IS Coupe and Convertible coming by 2009, but Lexus is hard at work developing a small SUV based on the RAV4 to compete with the BMW X3 and the upcoming Mercedes GLK. The long awaited seven-seater crossover is also expected in 2009.

Click through to see the entire list of Lexus’ future lineup.

Lexus IS: The 2008 IS-F sedan, with 5.0 liter V8 that produces 425hp, arrives late this year. A coupe will be added in mid-2008 as a 2009 model. But the convertible has been pushed back to the summer of 2009 due to plans to engineer a hardtop convertible instead of a softtop.

Lexus ES: A Lexus ES hybrid will be added for the 2009 model year. A model freshening is planned for the 2010 with a total redesign for the 2012 model year.

Lexus GS: No major changes.

Lexus LS 460: The popular hybrid model arrives in dealerships at the end of August or in early September.

Lexus SC 430: A redesign is ugly car is planned for the 2009 model year. Expect a lighter SC with a 4.6 liter engine.

Lexus LF-1: A production version of the LF-A concept will arrive next spring. It is meant to celebrate Toyota’s 70th anniversary as well as its Formula 1 presence, hence the “F-1” part of the name. The Lexus LF-1 will have a V10 engine that produces 500 horsepower and will deliver power to an all-wheel-drive system. Expect an unveiling at the Tokyo motor show in October, if not at the Japan Formula 1 race in September.

Lexus Hybrid: Lexus will get its own dedicated hybrid model in a configuration and design different from the Toyota Prius. The Lexus Hybrid is expected to arrive as a 2012 model.

Lexus RAV4: A Lexus version of the RAV4 is planned for Japan, Europe and the U.S. markets. Priced under $30,000, the small SUV will compete with the BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLK.

Lexus RX 350: A redesign for the SUV comes in early 2009 as a 2010 model. Expect a slight increase in size, maybe even a third row.

Lexus GX 470: The Toyota 4Runner twin gets a redesign in the fall of 2009. A six-speed automatic transmission may be added.

Lexus JX470: The anticipated seven-seat crossover arrives as a 2009 model. Internally known as the VX, the large SUV will be built on the GS sedan platform. Design wise the Lexus JX470 will look like the Lexus LF-X (formerly HPX) concept car. Power is expected to come from a 4.7 liter V-8, although a 3.5-liter V6 also might be offered. The vehicle would line up against the Infiniti FX.

Lexus LX 470: The redesigned version is due next spring.


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