Common Name: Mark X
Model: Mark X
Engine: V6 (3GR-FSE)
Dimensions: 4730 mm x 1775 mm x 1445 mm
Wheelbase: 2850 mm
Model Number: 72
Made In: China
The Mark X is a mid size automobile created by Toyota for the Japanese market. The Mark X was introduced in 2004 and is manufactured in Kanegasaki, Iwate, Japan. Also sold in China as the Reiz, it is available with either a 253 horsepower (189 kW) 3.0 L or 212 horsepower (158 kW) 2.5 L GR series V6 engine. Both engines offer dual VVT-i (variable valve timing) with gasoline direct injection(Japanese models only). The rear-wheel drive models have a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard, and the all-wheel drive models have a 5-speed automatic.
The Mark X is the successor to the Mark II which was first introduced in 1968, was known in the North American market as the Corona Mark II starting in 1972 and the Cressida from 1977 to 1992 and was the predecessor to the introduction of Lexus. The Mark X is not pronounced “Mark Ten” but “Mark Ex”, though the Mark II is “Mark Two”. The Mark X is an alternative to the Toyota Camry for buyers who like the size of the Camry, but prefer a front engine rear drive powertrain with the option to add all wheel drive, which the Camry doesn’t offer. The Mark X is a combination of previous Mark II siblings, the sport oriented Toyota Chaser, and the luxurious Toyota Cresta in one vehicle, letting the Camry appeal to buyers who traditionally purchased the conservatively styled and equipped Mark II in the past. Both the first and second generation Mark X were manufactured at the Motomachi Plant in Japan.
Toyota unveiled the Mark X sedan, successor to the Mark II sedan which has been on the market since the late ’60s. Instead of being based on a modified Supra chassis, the Mark X shares its platform with the Toyota Crown and it’s siblings the Lexus GS and the 2nd Generation IS Sport Sedan. The continuation of describing this vehicle as the “X” series is a reference to the first dedicated Mark II platform introduced in 1972. Major changes the Mark series is the engine and footwork. Toyota discontinue the majority of their straight six engines used in the Toyota Verossa, more specifically the JZ series and the G series motor and went to the newly developed GR series motor. Either the 2.5L 4GR-FSE or the 3.0L 3GR-FSE is made available, both pair to a 6-speed sequential automatic transmission. No manual transmission is offered.
This generation continues to be sold in China by the Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. as the Reiz. The Reiz is sold as the 2.5S, 2.5V and 3.0V Premium with 2,497 cc 5GR and 2,995 cc 3GR engines.