Since its introduction nearly 25 years ago, Lexus has largely played it safe. Even the game-changing LS 400 sedan was considered a virtual (although impeccably-executed) clone of an E-Class Mercedes, Toyota's interpretation of what a premium luxury sedan should be. Since then, there have been a few enthusiast-oriented models, such as the IS, IS-F, and screaming-banshee LFA supercar, but more often than not, Lexus' product lineup has been characterized by safe, smooth, conservative offerings, including its SUV models.

Lexus' sedate reputation may change in the next few years, according to Automotive News. The Tacoma/4Runner-based GX 460 SUV will reportedly be replaced by a new car-based TX three-row model. As of now, it's unknown whether the TX will ride on a transverse platform shared with the RX, possibly sharing its basic mechanicals and configuration with the new Toyota Highlander, or a longitudinal platform derived from the GS sedan for a sportier, more dynamic feel.

In addition to the change from GX to TX is the reported addition of a crossover model below the RX based on the Toyota RAV4 , rumored to be called the NX. Available powertrains for the NX are believed to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an I-4 hybrid delivering equivalent power to a 3.0-liter V-6. Both models are expected to come to market in the 2016-2017 model year time frame.

Source: Automotive News (subscription required)