What do these acronyms mean?

IS, RX, GS: what can all these letters mean in the names of Lexus models?

Lexus has published a long list of past and present meanings of each model name. Automotive nomenclature can often be confusing. While BMW or Mercedes use increasing numbers or letters to indicate superior appearance, Lexus does not follow the same logic.


let’s start with Lexus IS, is a must in the manufacturer’s range. Designed to take on the BMW 3 Series, the mid-size sedan was aimed at younger, tech-savvy customers. IS stands for Intelligent Sport.

The Lexus GS, now defunct, was once a staple of the Lexus lineup. A nice executive showroom that was discontinued due to poor sales. GS stands for Grand SedanAn apt name for a car to rival the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The Lexus ES it might not be the most exciting hatchback out there, but it’s the perfect car for those who just need a comfortable ride, it’s great. ES stands for Executive SedanPositioned between the IS and LS, it fits this car well.

The Lexus LS, to be precise, is a very large luxury sedan that exudes quality, attention to detail and sophistication. When he arrived, he broke the rule set by German manufacturers in particular. LS stands for Luxury Sedan.

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Coupes and convertibles

The Lexus RC Lexus is so named because it wants to challenge the idea of ​​what a hybrid car should look like. In effect, RC stands for Radical Coupe and went to show that hybrids don’t need to be boring.

Adored by wealthy retirees Lexus SC failed to attract more people. Though SC stands for Sports Coupe, the model has never been. Neither really sporty nor completely cut. In direct competition with another luxury coupe-cabriolet Mercedes SL, Lexus had no chance.

It was later replaced by Lexus LC. He did not leave anyone indifferent during this presentation. The model looks like nothing more than a concept car running on the road. If you take it with the V8, you’ll get an ultra-desirable coupe that bears the name LC stands for Luxury Coupe.

Finally, a word about the star of the brand, the model that became legendary as soon as it was introduced. LFA. The supercar with an exceptional V10 lives up to its name, LFA Lexus F-Sport Apex. The letter F for the manufacturer’s sports versions takes its name from the famous Fuji Speedway in Japan. As for Apex, it can mean “above”.

off-road vehicles

the Lexus UX is the manufacturer’s smallest crossover. According to the latter, the name comes from the development process in which the engineers aimed to design a car that would “embody a free-spirited style” that would appeal to modern city dwellers. Therefore UX stands for Urban Crossover. X should be read as “Cross” (French for cross), often used on cars for crossovers.

the Lexus NX it’s a midsize crossover, more athletic than the RX but more refined than the UX. Like any crossover, it’s a compromise. It doesn’t offer the handling of a midsize luxury sedan, and it lacks true off-road capability. However, the Japanese manufacturer has since seen it as a nimble car NX stands for flexible crossover (french dexter = nimble)

the Lexus RX is a large luxury SUV from the manufacturer. It is also the first Japanese model to get a hybrid powertrain in 2005. This is the flagship model of the manufacturer, which makes it shine, hence the name. RX stands for Radiant Crossover.

on the side Lexus GX, is not sold with us, it is truly all terrain capable of riding on fragile trails. In fact, it is an elegant version of the excellent Toyota Land Cruiser. GX stands for Grand Crossover.

Finally, Lexus LX it’s also a true off-roader disguised as a Lexus. It is based on the big Land Cruiser 300 and gets a few chrome trims to give it a facelift. This Lexus version obviously has more features, better materials, and more. with is more luxurious, hence the choice of surname LX stands for Luxury Crossover.

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