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Toyota Preparing Indiana Plant To Build Two New 3-Row Electrified SUVs

Toyota is set to launch two new much-need electrified 8-passengers SUVs before long

  • Toyota and Lexus will each get one.

  • They will likely replace the soon-to-be-gone Lexus LX and Toyota Sequoia.

  • Both will feature semi-autonomous driving technology.

Toyota and Lexus cars are generally modern and with the times. When it comes to their SUVs, midsize and above, with an exception or two, most are antiquated. These include the large three-row Toyota Sequoia and Lexus LX (Toyota Land Cruiser) and it looks as though they are about to be replaced.

Toyota will invest over $800 million into the Princeton, In. Assembly Plant in order to prepare for new upcoming electric SUVs. These three-row SUVs will follow Toyota’s current product plans which include electrification for all.

2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Lunar Rock | Photo: Toyota

As reported by Automotive News (subscription required), Toyota has said that these 8-passenger SUVs will also feature “a semi-automated driving system — which will allow for hands-free driving in certain conditions — a remote parking system allowing the driver to park and unpark from outside the vehicle using a smartphone, and a digital key that turns a user’s smartphone into their key and allows them to share it digitally.”

It’s no secret that the Sequoia, whose production is scheduled to end in 2022, is from another ear. The same can be said about the Lexus LX and its twin, the Toyota Land Cruiser, both of which will also be terminated.

Lexus is a rare luxury automaker with a premium three-row SUV. The RX L (long wheelbase) simply cannot compete with the likes of the Cadillac XT6, Acura MDX, Audi Q7, and others. It is understood that the segment in which the LX competed is a lucrative one. The competition, which includes the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and BMW X7 simply eclipsed the old LX.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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