Starting with just two sedans in 1989, Lexus now offer Luxury SUVs, Luxury Sedans, and even Performance models in nearly every segment. The brand and it’s vehicles have come a long way in their design and pursuit of perfection. “Boring”, a label once placed on their earlier models, has been wiped clear as they continue to evolve.
Lexus’ L-finesse philosophy is the heart and sole of all Lexus vehicles. The term is composed of two parts: “L-” for leading edge and finesse (defined as intricate and refined delicacy). L-finesse philosophy is composed of seamless anticipation, intriguing elegance, and incisive simplicity.
Lexus Nameplate Nomenclature
While other brands use a storied model nomenclature and give you little to no vehicle information in a nameplate, Lexus has a simpler approach. Since the brand’s inception they have used the simple formula of two letters and a trailing three digit number to make up their model name. The first of the two letters are the difference in each model, with the second designating the model’s category as a sedan, crossover, or coupe. Let’s take a look at the Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h nameplates to better illustrate.
IS 250 and IS 350
ES 350 and ES 300h
GS 350 and GS 450h
LS 460, LS 460 L, LS 600h, and LS 600h L
NX 200t and NX 300h
RX 350 and RX 450h