The new one Lexus LBX will be revealed on June 5 in Milan, Italy – and we got our first look at the new compact luxury crossover.
Grooving below the flow user experienceshares most of its DNA with Toyota Corolla And C-HRLBX seems to be a production version of the sub-UX crossover previewed in Lexus concept car fleet from December 2021.
According to a recent reportThe LBX will be based on the Toyota GA-B platform, which underpins everything from the Yaris and Yaris Cross to the Aqua (Prius C), Aygo X and Sienta offered overseas.
The cropped front quadrant trailer looks great with the shaded preview from 2021, and the car appears to have been finished in Rose Gold paint with a front design not too dissimilar from the family. Toyota Crown and new generation. Prius that’s not coming to Australia.
Meanwhile, a darkened rear shot reveals a full-width LED taillight signature, which doesn’t seem befitting a Renault – namely Arkana. However, according to the announcement in 2021, although the LBX should have a sporty look, it will be more like a bunker hatchback than a coupe SUV.
If the LBX is based on the Toyota GA-B platform, it will likely be available with the same powertrain as the Yaris and Yaris Cross – i.e. three-cylinder petrol and hybrid options.
In the Yaris and Yaris Cross, the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol-electric hybrid engine delivers system output of 85kW and fuel usage as low as 3.3l/100km.
Lexus Australia did not provide any further details beyond issuing a press release on the reveal date, although it has been distributed to the local media, it would be reasonable to assume that it is ultimately going to do the Down Under trip.
The local department of luxury arm previously confirmed it will join “three new segments” in Australia by mid-2024and we have seen new LM mover confirmed to land here soon, while the next generation of GX off-road vehicle based on Prado also likely to appear in showrooms in Australia over the next 12 months.
That makes the LBX the third ‘new segment’ product likely to offer to our market and would constitute an interesting proposition over mainstream and premium brands. Currently, UX opens at $46,085 before the cost of circulation, suggesting LBX could start at around $40,000.
Although not a direct replacement, the LBX will serve as the spiritual successor to the old one CT200h hatchback, based on the old Prius platform in a Corolla-sized hatchback package.
The CT was discontinued globally in 2022 and sold in Australia until 2021.
Stay tuned auto expert Let us cover the launch of the Lexus LBX on June 5.