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Old 07-27-13, 02:16 AM   #1
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Default Caught a test mule near the Lexus/Toyota testing grounds .What do you think it is ?

I saw this on the way to the office. I was on the phone and saw it the rear view at a light behind me so I pulled over and waited for it. Grabbed a couple of shots and was wondering what it might be. It looks too big to be a RAV replacement so maybe a next generation RX. Other manufacturers do their summer testing near my office as well but they are never fully masked test mules. They are standard street models that have test equipment in them.

What do you guys think ??

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Just found out that there is a Ford testing facility even closer than the Toyota testing grounds so it could be a Ford/Mercury/Lincoln SUV as well !!!
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Link to post when I caught the new ES in test mule form a while back. As you can see the ES was wrapped up the same way and was seen in the exact same spot .

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/car-...test-mule.html

If it is a new Lexus SUV, it looks BIG. Could be !!
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The new GX ?
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As it has dual exhaust and IS large, it could be the GX.
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digging the larger rims and overall look. hope it's a nice looking lexus suv!!!!
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GX and LX need a refresh but if the GX is still under the wraps here, then the GX is in big trouble because I expected the refresh to come out yesterday
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I wonder if this is the unibody next-gen GX or the next RX?

I guess it is the GX, which would be great as it would become a true competitor to the MDX and X5. It definitely has more presence than the current generation due to the more aggressive proportions and wheels. I wonder if Lexus is working on a new platform for this based on the GS?
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gx is getting facelift, only 4yrs old...
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gx is getting facelift, only 4yrs old...
I think it is the gx as a crossover
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2014 GX should have spindle grill and latest 3IS Navi.

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OP, did the Toyota truck look like it was driving with this mule? That would def indicate a Toyota/Lexus. Anyway other than the usual Toyota/Lexus suspect, I'd say it could be a Ford probably a Lincoln
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Just because you saw it near the testing grounds doesn't necesarily mean it's a Toyota/Lexus product.

IMO, it's the next Lincoln MKX. The grille pretty much gives it away.
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I would love for it to be a new Venza
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Just because you saw it near the testing grounds doesn't necesarily mean it's a Toyota/Lexus product.

IMO, it's the next Lincoln MKX. The grille pretty much gives it away.
This was my thought too (about Lincoln - see above). The horizontal slats are reminiscent of the MKZ, whereas the MKS, MKT are still vertical
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