Here in the U.S., if you want a rear-wheel drive sedan from Toyota, you'll have to buy a Lexus. That's not the case in Japan. There the motor buying public can opt for the Mark X, the second generation of which will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show this week. Based on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as our own Lexus GS, the new Mark X gets a redesigned exterior and interior, the latter of which also benefits from increased interior volume. Two engines will be available: a 2.5-liter V6 producing 203 horsepower and a new, larger 3.5-liter V6 reportedly producing a healthy 315 hp. Both models will come with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters, though only the 2.5-liter model is available with all-wheel-drive.
It's pretty snazzy looking, no? Compared to the Toyota-branded large sedans we have to choose from here in North America (*cough - Avalon - cough*), we'd say the new Mark X is an exciting proposition indeed. Think of it as Toyota's answer to the Chrysler 300C or now-defunct Pontiac G8, or even the FWD/AWD Taurus. But alas, the big T would rather you look to Lexus and buy a GS than they spend the time and money to offer the Mark X to Americans.