Lexus to debut new LBX compact luxury crossover in June

By CARSIFU | 22 May 2023

MILAN: Lexus will debut its all-new LBX compact luxury crossover on June 5 from here.

In a sneak peek of the new model, Lexus has released two teaser photos.

According to a report by Australian motoring website Carexpert, the new Lexus 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.

Carexpert says should the LBX be based on the Toyota GA-B platform, it will likely be available with similar powertrains to the Yaris and Yaris Cross – i.e. three-cylinder petrol and hybrid options.

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Carexpert noted that in the Yaris and Yaris Cross, the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol-electric hybrid offers a system power output of 85kW, and fuel use as low as 3.3 litres per 100km.

Key rivals would include the Audi A1 and MINI range, as well as high-spec versions of mainstream hatchbacks and crossovers, according to Carexpert.

It pointed out that while not a direct replacement, the LBX will serve as a spiritual successor to the old CT200h hatchback, which drew upon old Prius underpinnings in a Corolla-sized hatch package.

Carexpert also noted that the CT was discontinued globally in 2022, and was sold in Australia until 2021.