1. Lexus Model Names Explained

Lexus Model Names Explained

Lexus has been producing cars for many years of various sizes, shapes and functions. But why are model names chosen when a new car is launched? This short guide explains why certain letters appear after some of Lexus’ most iconic vehicles.

Lexus UX

The UX was Lexus’ first truly compact luxury crossover. The aim was to embody a free-spirited style that would appeal to modern urban explorers who seek fresh, dynamic takes on a luxury lifestyle. Hence the name UX stands for Urban Crossover.

Lexus NX

The Nimble Crossover is the point where a luxury mid-size saloon meets a capable off-road vehicle. Its smaller, more wieldy size makes it a perfect tool for both urban and country routes.

Lexus ES

Launched alongside LS back in 1989, the mid-size Lexus Executive Sedan is one of Lexus’ most popular saloons. From 2019 onwards, the seventh generation of the ES will be available in Europe.

Lexus RC F

The F in RC F denotes our high performance, sport models. Under the bonnet, the most powerful V8 road engine ever developed by Lexus delivers its 463 DIN hp to the rear wheels. The F is a reference to Fuji Speedway in Japan, where hundreds of hours of testing were done on the RC F by master drivers.

Lexus RX

The RX model name stands for Radiant Crossover. The word Radiant represents the bright new future Lexus envisioned at the car’s launch at the start of the Millennium. The model was the first sports utility vehicle that marked a Crossover point between a luxury saloon and an off-roader.

Lexus LC

LC stands for Luxury Coupé. That’s because the car combines the luxuries of a flagship saloon with the seductive, sporting aesthetic of a grand touring coupé. This flagship two-plus-two is engineered in every dimension to deliver a very special and rewarding driving experience.

Lexus LS

The original Luxury Sedan launched in 1989 and was billed as the finest luxury car in the world by parent company Toyota as well as the motoring press. The Sedan part of the name refers to the model’s traditional four-door, two-box shape.


There’s a Lexus that’s perfect for you and your lifestyle. Whatever the letter, why not try one for yourself and explore a new and exciting driving experience.