The premium brand Lexus plans to create a crossover based on the subcompact Toyota Yaris Cross. In the current lineup of the Japanese automaker, it is expected to sit below the existing UX crossover.
According to an authoritative Japanese publication, Lexus is creating a small crossover based on the Toyota Yaris Cross. The new “tiny” crossover will sit under the UX crossover in the brand’s lineup and will be built on the GA-B platform. It will also be available in the same markets that the Yaris Cross is sold in, notably Europe, Japan and Australia. The car will allegedly be powered by the same 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid engine, which is equipped from the “raised” Toyota Yaris Cross.
However, as always, this news should be treated with a great deal of skepticism, because this is not the first time such rumors have appeared.
Just almost a year ago, a trademark filing was filed in Europe for the names “LBX” and “Lexus LBX”, which are expected to be the name of the next Lexus crossover, which will be located below the UX. Although some insiders claim that the next concept will be presented under this name.
Another rumor emerged in May 2020, which stipulated that the small crossover based on the Yaris Cross would be called the Lexus BX and would presumably debut in 2023. The price for this novelty must be below $ 30,000. Most likely, the premium Japanese novelty will compete with similar compact models from German Audi and BMW – we are talking about the Q2 and X1 crossovers, respectively.