The Toyota Mark X is the successor to the popular Toyota Mark II. The Toyota Mark II has enjoyed sales figures of 4.8 million since it’s first incarnation was introduced back in 1968. The Toyota Mark II is also known as the Toyota Chaser in Japan.
The Toyota Mark X is positioned to target male individuals in their 30s who have a family, and in Japan it is aimed at the middle market segment although it’s impressive featureset and looks could qualify it in the luxury segment. Somehow it reminds me of the Toyota equilvalent of the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy, and targetting males instead of females.
The Toyota Mark X shares the same rear wheel drive platform as the Toyota Crown and the Lexus GS luxury sedan, although it’s market positioning is actually slightly below the Lexus IS sports sedan. The Toyota Mark X is powered by either a 2.5 litre V6 4GR-FE or a 3.0 litre V6 3GR-FE. Both engines are aluminium blocked and have dual-VVTi and Toyota D4 direct injection. The 3.0 litre V6’s 256hp is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. There are 4WD models but those come with a 5-speed auto instead. The lower-end 2.5 litre V6 has 215hp instead.
In Malaysia, you can purchase a Toyota Mark X from Naza Sportivo. They bring in the 2.5 litre V6 versions and I’ve seen a few on the road already.