We've all heard that there will be an all-new Toyota Land Cruiser on the horizon. Much has been said about it too, from its possible look to its potential engine options. Now, that's due date might be closer than ever.
Recently, it was found that Lexus has filed the name LX 600 in various intellectual property offices around the world. Do remember that the LX is the plusher, more luxurious counterpart of the Land Cruiser, hinting the next-generation Lexus flagship is on the way too.
But, more interestingly, there's a patent filed by Lexus here in the Philippines. Yes, the Lexus LX 600 name was applied for at the local patent office.
What interests us is the number. An LX 600 suggests that the model will be the new range-topping variant of the Lexus SUV, or perhaps even a replacement of the LX 570. While some can reasonably presume that it will have a 6.0-liter engine, that seems unlikely given the global trend to go for smaller displacement turbocharged gasoline engines.
What is more likely is a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo engine, which was also mentioned in Land Cruiser reports from the past. If that's the case, this is the first Lexus LX to not follow the engine size denomination to its name (aside from hybrid models, of course).
With the filing of its name in different IPOs around the world, does this mean the launch of the Lexus LX 600 is in a few months? Well, not necessarily. Sure, the all-new Land Cruiser and LX seem to be inevitable, but it seems unlikely that we'll see it in the remaining months of 2019.
It's more likely we'll see it towards the second half of 2020, unless Toyota and Lexus decide to surprise the whole world the same way they did with the 2020 Yaris, or maybe even surprise us if by showcasing it at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
See the trademark filing here.