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New Lexus LX Coming To Detroit Auto Show


2011 Lexus LX 570

2011 Lexus LX 570

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If you like your go-anywhere SUVs on the large side, we’ve got good news and bad news for you. On the positive side, Lexus has confirmed that it will debut a refreshed version of the LX 570 SUV in Detroit.

The bad news, though, is that the LX and the Toyota Land Cruiser will take a year off in 2012, victims of declining sales or excess inventory in the U.S. pipeline, though the Land Cruiser has seen the worst of it. Through November, Lexus has sold 2,843 LX models, while Toyota had managed to move just 1,497 Land Cruisers.

What that means for the future of the Land Cruiser remains uncertain. At a starting price of nearly $70,000, the Land Cruiser is a tough sell even in a healthy economy, especially when the more prestigious Lexus version starts at just $10k more.

Details on the changes to the LX are lacking, but it’s reasonable to expect some exterior styling tweaks and improvements in fuel economy, since the current Lexus LX 570 only delivers 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. Even the Cadillac Escalade does better than that in the city, and Infiniti’s rival QX56 bests the Lexus LX in both city and highway fuel economy.

We’ll give you more updates on the new Lexus LX and the fate of the Toyota Land Cruiser as part of our comprehensive Detroit Auto Show coverage.
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  1. its not hard to see its struggling. The Prado is now the choice for the oversized truck styled SUV whilst the Kluger (Highlander) is the choice for the family large SUV cruiser. With the Rav4 gettign bigger and fatter (bigger than my 7 seat 2007 Kluger in fact), its no suprise the big 4x4 is dying. What Toyota need to do is get people back into a small 4x4 suv , and the FJ cruiser isnt the answer but a good start. the original Rav4 and Kluger are very much beloved here in Australia, the place that used to be the biggest buyers of large 4x4s of the Landcruiser, Pajero and Patrol. People with the money are now goign up levels to Range Rovers and Porsche
     
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  2. @WizardsLore, I actually own a 4x4 FJ Cruiser, and it's (by far) the most surprising vehicle I've ever owned. We bought a base model with as few options as possible, intending it to be a run-to-the-lumber-yard truck that could get us out of anything we'd need to get out of (think rolling bomb shelter). In the three years since, the truck has gone cross-country twice, taken me into areas I never would have attempted in another vehicle and done all of this in relative comfort.

    It's not for everyone, but I'd call it one of the most under-rated vehicles on the planet.
     
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  3. i understand what you are saying Kurt...But like i said........the FJ cruiser isnt the answer but a good start...
    it means that the majority of the people looking into this range of vehicles isnt going to go more off road than a curb, sandy grass or a puddle. hence the need for an original sized Rav4 that caters for the small family. Muych the same way that the Dualis has stepped in and is eating up sales
     
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  4. @WizardsLore, I agree the FJ will never be a high-volume vehicle. In fact, given its modest sales I'm surprised that Toyota keeps building them.
     
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  5. It doesn't help the Land Cruiser & LX's cause that they both look like bloated jelly beans and their designs no longer appeal to the same demographic they once did, not to mention, they're out of that demographic's price range - generally speaking.
    On the flip side, I understand that people are downsizing and want better fuel economy. However, I wish the world was still a place where men had nuts and used their trucks for their intended purpose, so there would be more demand in the market for vehicles with exceptional offroad capabilities from the factory.
    Now, these awesomely, capable off roaders are nothing more than low volume niche vehicles. The examples referenced here have simply transformed into over priced luxury capsules.
     
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  6. @Saabaru5, to some degree the same thing has happened with the Toyota 4Runner. It's still capable off-road, but can now be equipped with as much luxury as a buyer cares to add. If I had to sum up the Toyota truck product line these days, it would be:

    RAV4, for hauling small families
    Highlander, for hauling large families
    FJ Cruiser = old 4Runner
    4Runner = for those who want to look rugged in comfort
    Land Cruiser = for those who want to look rugged in comfort while impressing the neighbors.
     
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  7. @Kurt, I couldn't agree more. I understand the FJ was to meet it's fate, but by some odd chance it is still fighting on.
    None of the SUV's you listed are bad vehicles, but the only one that is truly rugged and affordable is the FJ.
    Going out on a limb here, but I always thought Toyota should offer a solid front axle option for hardcore off-road enthusiasts that want the extra toughness and capability that one would offer, and maybe steal a few die hard customers from the Wrangler crowd at the same time. If Toyota ever offered something like that, I would be in line for it.
    Regardless, here's to hoping the FJ has a future.
     
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  8. id hate to say it guys and as much as i still lvoe the origianl FJ, the only truck of choice here would be a LR Defender 2 door. they still capture the spirit of the go anywhere 4x4.
    all others are Soft Roaders.....the 4 runner i believe is the HiLux here in Oz, and yes i agree it went from rugged offroad 4x4 ute thAt was favoured by tradesmen, peacekeepers and 3rd world dictators armies to a point to point quote taking tradesmans car. It didnt help it here in Oz that with the huge discounts offered on it due to it still being classified as a truck and was heavily subsidised by the government, regular families were snapping up the 4 door and crew cabs as work cars but were perfectly suited to on road work. the've all become people ferries
     
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  9. @WizardsLore, The Defender 90 & 110 are some of my all time favorite SUV's, but unfortunately they were only sold in the U.S. for something like a couple years and were grossly overpriced, albeit, extremely capable.
    To this day they are extremely hard to find, and hold their value very well because of their capability and rarity.
     
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  10. @Saabaru5 and WizardsLore, you guys have heard of Icon, right? They restore and modernize old Toyota FJs to the point of indestructibility, at a rather hefty price point: http://icon4x4.com/overview/fj/models
     
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  11. @Kurt, I have heard of this company before, but didn't recall their name.
    WOW! Hefty price indeed! I have to admit though, their attention to detail, choice of parts/driveline components, and engineering are all impeccable!
    The only way I could see spending that much money on a vehicle like that, is if I was bored and simply had too much money laying around. I'm not quite fortunate enough to have that problem yet.
    Even so, I may rather build my own, for much, much less money, and the pride in knowing I built it.
    My '92 Pathfinder w/ a 3" lift and a few performance mods is currently serving me quite well in the off-road department. It has almost 300k miles (original motor, etc.) and is still going strong, and I have done everything myself :)
     
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  12. nice ot have a good knowledgable conversation on here again guys. Since Denton and some of the old stalwarts left its been pretty quiet. we used to haunt these halls for the past 8 years or so i think.
    anyways...the LR Defendor 2 door is available here in Oz and although pricey is the first port of call if i wanted a serious offroader. The FJ's can still be picked up her reasonably easily the only problem being that have been usually thoroughly thrashed to pieces, either off roading, or as a surfer truck. the drivetrain is usually shot too. Although one of my mates had one and it was a fun yet bone shattering experience haha
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