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Here in the U.S., if you want a rear-wheel drive sedan from Toyota, you'll have to buy a Lexus. That's not the case in Japan. There the motor buying public can opt for the Mark X, the second generation of which will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show this week. Based on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as our own Lexus GS, the new Mark X gets a redesigned exterior and interior, the latter of which also benefits from increased interior volume. Two engines will be available: a 2.5-liter V6 producing 203 horsepower and a new, larger 3.5-liter V6 reportedly producing a healthy 315 hp. Both models will come with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters, though only the 2.5-liter model is available with all-wheel-drive.

It's pretty snazzy looking, no? Compared to the Toyota-branded large sedans we have to choose from here in North America (*cough - Avalon - cough*), we'd say the new Mark X is an exciting proposition indeed. Think of it as Toyota's answer to the Chrysler 300C or now-defunct Pontiac G8, or even the FWD/AWD Taurus. But alas, the big T would rather you look to Lexus and buy a GS than they spend the time and money to offer the Mark X to Americans.



[source: Toyota via Carscoop]

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Some views look ok, but it is a mish-mash of styling elements from Toyota and other manufacturers. For the rear (esp. the c-pillar) Camry instantly comes to mind with some Hyundai thrown in. A hint of Volvo and Lexus can be found in the front, and Mazda in the front quarter panels. The only thing unique is the gee-whiz chrome "X" on the grille.

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The midsection looks so much like a Camry...so did the 1st gen.

Is the Mark X related to the Crown? I believe it is RWD also..

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Speaking of the Crown, there is a trim level called the Crown Royal. I was browsing a Japanese model kit dealer, and they have an older Crown Royal kit on their site--but the listing is misspelled..says 'Clown Loyal'...LOL!

Clown Loyal (Crown Royal)

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Japanese speakers learning r and l

This is why - many Japanese people simply don't understand the difference between R and L.

...which is why I find the fact that Acura called their flagship the RL so funny.

The RL moniker was probably made up by their NA marketing...it's the Honda Legend in the ROW.

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