The Lexus UX currently serves as the entry-point to the brand, but could Lexus be planning a new model to slot in below the UX? Reports suggest so…
Rumours are swirling that Lexus might introduce a new ‘crossover hatchback’ in 2023 that will slot in below the UX in Lexus’ vehicle range and will reportedly be called the BX.
In a Chinese report from Autohome, it’s suggested that this new Lexus model will be based on the new and recently-revealed Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid. Styling cues may draw form the UX and Yaris Cross and the BX will adopt Lexus’ spindle grille design to conform with the brand’s established design philosophy. According to the report, the Lexus BX is also expected to ride lower than the Yaris Cross and will be based on the TNGA (GA-B) platform that underpins many of Toyota and Lexus products.
The new Toyota Yaris Cross could form the basis for a new entry-level Lexus in coming years.
If the Lexus BX does indeed become a reality, it’s believed that it will adopt the same hybrid powertrain offered in the Yaris Cross consisting of a new 3-cylinder 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine which combines with an electric motor to produce a maximum power output of 85 kW and paired with a CVT. Like the Yaris Cross, both front and all-wheel-drive variants could be offered. A sportier F-Sport derivative is also a possibility.
While there’s nothing official from Lexus at this stage, time will tell if there’s truth to these rumours. We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.