Lexus UX, Toyota Working with Mazda and 2018 MBZ GLC AMG 63 Brakes? [Ask Nathan]

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  • New Lexus UX info?
  • Toyota and Mazda?
  • Are the brakes on the 2018 MBZ GLC AMG 63 any good?

Lexus UX Concept

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?

Thank You

M Richards
Lexus UX Concept

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.



This next question comes from a fan who wants our opinion regarding the collaborations between Mazda and Toyota.

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.

Aaron T.

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?

Richard P


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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