Quickride is back with more JDM Obscure goodness! And today i'm introducing you with one of the newer JDM forbidden fruit that somehow ends up in my country: Toyota Mark X.
The Mark X was a 4-door mid-size sedan. It's designed for people who wants a Camry, but they wants some fun like doing sideways or massive burnouts, so instead of Front-Wheel Drive they give the Mark X Rear-Wheel Drive or Optional 4WD. Yeeees.
Plus, they give it more power. They have the "Sports" version with 314hp Naturally-Aspirated 3.5L V6. Or the 350hp Modellista model, with 3.5L Supercharged V6. Too bad mine was the base model 250G with 2.5L V6, so it only has 204 hp. At least it's RWD tough.
Inside, it was quite well-equipped. Plus because it was the "Premium" Trim, so you got stuff like chrome bits inside the car
to blind you to make the innards looks more expensive and refined.
Driving wise, because the car only has 204hp, plus i haven't got a chance to drive it like a maniac, it feels like a camry. The 6-speed Auto is better than the one in camry somehow, but that's about it. I don't know about the "Sports" or the "Modellista" one tough, that would be interesting to drive, because moar powar.
At this point you might think "Hey aya, that's very interesting. how much it is?"
Well, Toyota Mark X starts from 49k here in Indonesia for the base model. Add premium trim like this very car and you'll end up paying 55k for it. For moar powar you'll need moar monies, so you'll spend 59k for the "Sports" one. And looking at 65k for the "Modellista" one.
For a comparison, Camry Hybrid cost 65k here in Indonesia. Odyssey cost 70k, BMW 320i cost 75k, and Miata cost 59k, so Mark X is not a bad deal. But people is buying camry anyways, which is a good thing. I mean, the local Toyota dealer in my town haven't sold enough Mark X to justify the cost of making it, so they put a massive discount on this model. So, if you bought a Mark X here in Indonesia, you got a Free Car!
Really, you got a free Toyota Avanza/Yaris if you bought a Mark X. Toyota Avanza is a 7-seater very basic family minivan which cost 15k or so. The Toyota Yaris is a hatchback you all know and maybe love. Why they do that? because there's a new version of Mark X coming up like that later this year and they want to get rid the old car.
So there's that. 55k for an RWD Camry which need moar powar but comes with a free car. NP?
*For me it's CP tough. But the Sports is might be an NP if i can get some discount on it and get that thing for 50k. Or maybe get the new X because that looks brilliant. Just look at this pic: