.The Toyota Mark X G Sports Concept we saw at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January was of course endowed with the 6-speed automatic gearbox found in the standard Mark X line up which straight away made us think of how good it’d be with a manual transmission. Toyota could very well make this happen with a little parts sharing exercise with its European cousin, the Lexus IS220d.
The Lexus IS220d comes with a 2.2L direct injected turbo diesel engine producing 177hp and 40.0kg/m torque and is only available with an Aisin 6-speed manual gearbox. The good news is that mating the Aisin 6-speed to the Mark X’s 3.5L V6 is high on the agenda at Toyota in an effort to continue the Tourer/iR-V lineage which stopped when the JZX110 Mark II went out of production. We can expect the 2GR-FSE 3.5L V6 in the Mark X G Sports version to rise by around 50PS over its current 318PS output and torque to rise to around 40.0kg/m, keeping within the limits of the Aisin 6-speed manual transmission.
2013 TOYOTA MARK XFor those unaware, the Mark X is a mid-size saloon that shares its platform with the Toyota Crown and the (previous) Lexus GS and is available exclusively with V6 powertrains and the option of rear- or all-wheel drive.
In its latest form, Toyota's designers came up with a newly styled front end sporting different headlamps that incorporate Bi-Xenon and LED daytime running lights, a new grille with a more pronounced "X" logo in the center, and a redesigned bumper.
The Japanese automaker also made changes to the rear with a new set of tail lamps that follow the shape of the front headlights and a re-sculptured bumper.
A fresh assortment of exterior finishes along with new silver accents, trims and colors for the interior complete the cosmetic makeover of the regular versions.
Toyota says that it has refined the chassis improving handling and has made the car quieter through the expanded use of damping materials.
In addition to the regular Mark X available in Premium, S Package and F Package trims, Toyota also offers the G's variant developed by its racing partner Gazoo Racing.
The Mark X G's sports an aggressive exterior styling kit encompassing a new grille and bumper with a huge center opening up front, along with side skirts, a boot lid spoiler, clear tail lamp lenses, a redesigned rear bumper with side air vents and a diffuser housing quad tail pipes, plus a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the upgrades include a leather steering wheel and shifter with red stitching, white instrument panel gauges, black sport seats with red accents and stitching, and carbon fiber trim.
Gazoo Racing's engineers have upgraded the chassis with a new sports suspension that lowers the car's ride height by 20mm and which promises to improve handling.
Aside from the sports exhaust system, there are no other changes under the hood with the G's model being offered with the same 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines producing 272hp (276PS) and 314hp (319PS) respectively as the regular Mark X variants.
Drop the Avalon and bring this to the States please.
Apples and oranges. And it's never going to come here to take away Lexus sales.For those unaware, the Mark X is a mid-size saloon that shares its platform with the Toyota Crown and the (previous) Lexus GS