Despite the less-than-stellar reception of the Nissan Navara-inspired Mercedes X-Class, Lexus remains open to the idea of venturing into the upscale pickup truck sector. Takashi Watanabe, a key figure at Lexus, revealed during a Japanese press conference that the luxury arm of Toyota isn't opposed to developing an elite utility vehicle if there's sufficient customer interest.
Watanabe emphasized that any future Lexus pickup would diverge from Toyota's existing lineup, severing ties with models like the Hilux, Tacoma, or Tundra. Interestingly, Watanabe added that the vehicle wouldn't even feature a traditional internal combustion engine. Instead, it would be wholly electric, highlighting Lexus's intent to reach a broader demographic.
"The door isn't closed on a Lexus pickup," Watanabe said. "If consumer demand is robust enough for us to enter that market segment, we could very well do so. As of now, though, no formal conversations have been initiated."
The LM, a unique Lexus offering that serves as a high-end minivan, debuted in 2019, targeting China initially. Since then, it has rolled out globally, reflecting the brand's willingness to explore unconventional avenues. The second-generation model, introduced this year, is available in more than 60 countries, including its home country of Japan.
The LFA also represented a departure from Lexus's usual offerings. An electric successor to this V10 supercar, complete with a simulated manual gearbox, is slated for a launch within this decade, as part of the Electrified Sport Concept series.