- New Lexus UX info?
- Toyota and Mazda?
- Are the brakes on the 2018 MBZ GLC AMG 63 any good?
This first question comes from a viewer who wants to know what’s going on with the Lexus UX crossover.
Q:Hi Nathan; I would like to know if you hear anything on the future of the LEXUS UX, about the production?
A: Howdy M!
The upcoming Lexus UX competes with the the Audi Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, and the BMW X1. It will slot under the Lexus NX. It looks like it will share its platform and some components with the Toyota CH-R.
Here’s what we know:
- It’s official – the Lexus UX is heading to production.
- There will be a hybrid available, Lexus applied for the UX 250 and UX 250h trademarks.
- This will be the entry model as the Lexus CT-200h is ending production soon.
- Rumor has it that there will be more information (and, possibly, a reveal) at the 2017 Los Angeles International Auto Show
That’s about all I got. Hopefully, Lexus will leak some additional details soon.
Q: TFLCar, I had a follow-on question regarding the Mazda & Toyota collaboration.
It’s known that Mazda has been working on increasing the efficiency of the internal combustion engine instead of creating a hybrid. With the latest iteration of the Camry (the 2018 version) reportedly by Toyota the efficiency has drastically increased on both gasoline motors. (Approaching 40% efficient)
Does TFL think the recent Toyota gains have to do with utilizing Mazda’s SKYACTIV approach/technology, exhaust gas plumbing, etc. etc?? I think it is but wanted your opinion.
What are your thoughts on the location of the new manufacturing plant for the Mazda & Toyota tie-up? What about products? I know the next generation Corolla was mentioned as one for Toyota, and some type of SUV/CUV for Mazda (possibly a hybrid as well).
Thanks in advance…and keep up those awesome videos! I’ve been a fan for years, since it was just Roman and Nathan alone….and the occasion mad Russian mentioning.
A: Hi Aaron!
I think that, like any competitive company, Toyota uses any advantage they can gain by scrutinizing things they admire. The SKYACTIVE powerplant is a marvel, so – yes – I think Toyota is keen to use some of that tech. I hear that their collaboration is much more serious than their partnership with automakers like Subaru – which produced very little. Mazda and Toyota look to be producing several vehicles for worldwide distribution.
You’re right, it looks like the next Toyota Corolla could be a Mazda.
The one thing I can’t seem to get an answer about is if Mazda will sell a vehicle based on a Toyota foundation.
Thanks for the email!
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The last question comes from a viewer who is wondering if the breaks on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG 63 are any good.
Q:Nathan:I am interested in a 2018 GLC AMG 63.
However I understand that the life of the brakes on AMG vehicles are not very good. What is your take on this?
A: Hi Richard,
So far, the only consistent complaint I have seen regarding the regular Mercedes-Benz GLC and the GLC AMG is brake squeal. While that’s annoying, there’s nothing to indicate that the durability or capability of the brakes are in question. I do recommend looking at forums before you buy and see if they found a way to address the squealing issue.
Sorry, that’s all I got.
Hope that helps a bit.
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