Bye Bye Toyota Mark X Welcome Back Mark X GRMN
The Mark X has been around for over 50 years since it made its debut as the Mark II. After ditching it previous name the Corona Mark II from 1968, the luxurious sedan that Toyota calls Mark X is not long for this world. Introduced in 2004, the nameplate will be discontinued towards the end of 2019 because sedans are struggling to sell even in Japan. The production is scheduled to end in December and Toyota is sending off its domestic market sports sedan with a Final Edition of the 250S and 250S Four that are launching today.
The Mark II was first introduced back in 1968 as Corona Mark II in North America, which was renamed the Cressida in 1977 and spawned nine different generations up until the sedan version was discontinued in 2004. Those of your who have been in a cab in New York before uber can recall the long sedan. That’s when the Mark X took over, as two different generations were built – the latest one receiving multiple updates from 2009 until now.
The Mark X Final Edition comes loaded with exterior and interior features that set it apart from the rest of the range. On the outside, it has 18-inch dual-spoke alloy wheels and a custom front bumper, while customers can choose between the following three colors for the body: White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic and Precious Black Pearl.
Inside, there is a dual-tone black and red synthetic leather upholstery for the seats and the door panels, while red contrast stitching can be found on the four-spoke steering wheel, gear lever shroud, doors, seat bolsters and armrest. Last, but definitely not least, the special edition Mark X comes with Toyota’s Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety tech as standard.
Having said that its important to remember that Toyota has unveiled the latest work of its Gazoo Racing performance division, in the shape of the Mark X GRMN sedan at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. It’s in my guts that this is what will be replacing the Mark X. Visually, the Mark X beefs up with a set of dark finish 19-inch BBS alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40 R19 and 255/35 R19 tyres, white-painted four-piston front brake calipers with the GRMN logo and a subtle rear lip spoiler alongside a body styling package based on the regular Mark X GR Sport model, finished off with a quad-tipped exhaust.
An optional carbon fibre roof panel is also available, shaving 10 kilograms from the weight of the vehicle and lowering the centre of gravity for improved handling agility, that’s obvious for a sports car. Inside, the Mark X GRMN is decked out with sports front seats, ultra suede upholstery, and a combination of gloss black and carbon-look trim elements. Al though many of us in the motoring world refer to it as the Camry on steroids essentially, the Mark X is Japan’s equivalent to the Toyota Camry in America. The latest car to get the hardcore GRMN treatment is based on the Mark X 350 RDS.
Compared to the standard car, the GRMN variant features a more aggressive front bumper and larger air intakes, as well as a minimalist grille, gloss black accents and 19-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels. At the back, the Mark X GRMN has a ventilated rear bumper, a rear spoiler, and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system. It also gets an upgraded braking system with white calipers featuring the GR logo, lets hope it will a legacy like it predecessors.