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Lexus TX will give dealers the 3-row they’ve been wanting

Toyota did divulge some nuggets last year when it introduced the plant funding. The automaker stated the two autos would function “a semi-automated driving system — which will allow for hands-free driving in certain conditions — a remote parking system allowing the driver to park and unpark from outside the vehicle using a smartphone, and a digital key that turns a user’s smartphone into their key and allows them to share it digitally.”

The company additionally stated each autos would function seating for as much as eight, indicating non-obligatory bench seating in the second row. It’s additionally clear that the autos will have hybridized powertrains, given Toyota’s electrification technique, nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not there will be plug-in hybrid variations.

U.S. Lexus dealers have sought a bigger three-row crossover for a number of years to fill white house above the RX in order that prospects usually are not compelled to shift to the body-on-frame GX and LX SUVs. The RX L, 4.3 inches longer than the RX, was launched for the 2018 mannequin year to supply non-obligatory third-row seating.

John Iacono, in his second year as chairman of the Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council, stated the TX “can’t come fast enough” for dealers, who “can’t wait” to get it on their showroom flooring.

“The only vehicle that we have right now in that size is the RX L. It’s done a nice job for us, but it’s not the vehicle we’re waiting for,” Iacono, a associate in the 17-store Bram Auto Group in the New York City space, instructed Automotive News. “The design and who the TX will attract is a much younger buyer than what we have now — younger buyers in their 40s or 50s with families — and those are buyers we need in our showrooms. This vehicle is going to do just that. It’s everything we want it to be.”

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