Four-Cylinder Lexus RX270 May Drop in Land Down Under

By Joel Arellano | May 29, 2012
To figure out automakers' future plans (they're very reticent to reveal them to the press, for obvious reasons), you sometimes have to look overseas for new products that may, potentially, be arriving on our shores. Case in point: the Lexus RX luxury crossover. Here in the states, the current Lexus RX lineup includes the base RX350, the RX450h hybrid, and the RX350 F-Sport (pictured). Well, Australian car site Car Advice reports Toyota may be expanding its Lexus RX lineup in the land Down Under with the introduction of the Lexus RX270. Mechanically, the RX270 will differ from both the U.S. and Australian models in two crucial ways. First, it will strictly be front-wheel drive; Currently, the Lexus RX in the U.S.  is available in either front- or all-wheel drive. According to the car site, the RX270 will nearly be 300 pounds lighter than the RX350 AWD version. That's important, because the RX270 will be powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine instead of the standard V-6 powering current models. Fuel economy of the Lexus RX270 would roughly be 27 mpg. (The U.S. Lexus RX FWD gets a combined 21 mpg.) The 27 mpg figure places it smack in the middle between the RX350 and the RX450h. However, Car Advice believes Toyota will price the Lexus RX270 more than $10,000 U.S. below the RX350 to better compete against the Audi Q3 and the BMW X3 luxury crossovers.'s take: We contacted Lexus about the RX270, whose representatives would not comment on future products. Personally, we could see Toyota's luxury brand bring the four-cylinder RX here to the states, especially if rivals like Audi and BMW bring four-banger versions across the pond as well. But what do you think? Should Toyota expand the Lexus lineup with a four-cylinder RX? Or do the current models fill America's want need for a luxury midsized crossover. As always, let us know in the comments below. Source: Car Advice