AUTO: The premium brand of the Toyota group, Lexus surprises with a brand new vehicle that will represent it without a new category
The Lexus LBX is an all-new hybrid crossover – obviously – that takes the brand into new territory. Because under this bodywork (whose design is in our opinion a little shy, especially compared to the generally extroverted habit of Lexus), hides the technical basis of a… Toyota Yaris Cross. With a length of 4.19 m, the LBX is 30 cm shorter than the Lexus UX, which was until then the most compact Lexus had produced. So here is the manufacturer embarking on the urban crossover, even as Audi is preparing to leave it since the Q2 will not be replaced.
Judging by the images, the interior will indeed be worthy of Lexus, with leather upholstery right up to the dashboard, a nice multimedia screen of nearly 10”, and a Mark Levinson audio system with 13 speakers. . There is also no reason to doubt that the quality of the finish will be as impeccable as in the brand’s other products.
Finally, the mechanics are, as we said, identical to those of the Yaris Cross. There will therefore be a 1.5-litre petrol engine, coupled with two or three electric motors depending on whether you opt for a 2 or 4-wheel drive version. But in order not to fool high-end customers, the system will develop 137 hp and 185 Nm here, or 20 hp and 65 Nm more than in the Yaris. Launch planned before the end of the year.