Lexus has revealed its smallest SUV but, the Toyota Yaris Cross-based LBX – nevertheless it isn’t a lock for Australia.
The model says it “continues to evaluate fashions which may be appropriate for the wants of native clients, with the LBX no exception. A choice on LBX will probably be made at a later stage”.
Currently, the least costly and smallest Lexus on provide in Australia is the UX SUV.
At 4190mm lengthy and 1825mm huge with a 2580mm wheelbase, the LBX is 305mm shorter, 15mm narrower, and rides on an 80mm shorter wheelbase than the UX.
Under the bonnet, the LBX is powered by a hybrid system that pairs a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine with an electrical motor and a nickel metallic hydride battery pack – somewhat than the extra fashionable, power dense lithium-ion battery in the Toyota Yaris Cross.
Both front- and all-wheel drive will probably be provided, however outputs haven’t been confirmed. In the Yaris Cross, the system makes 85kW of energy.
Inside, the LBX contains a 9.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the center of its dashboard, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle. Lexus is providing as much as 50 ambient lighting colors, too.
That central display screen seems to be working a model of the software program from the bigger RX and NX, whereas the digital dashboard shares its design with the system in the newest Toyota merchandise somewhat than larger Lexus fashions.
Interior pictures reveal the LBX will probably be accessible with options like heated and ventilated entrance seats, a heated steering wheel, and semi-automatic parking help.
Along with its distinctive design and Lexus badge, the LBX differentiates itself from its extra mainstream platform mates with additional sound and vibration deadening for a usually quiet, refined drive.
The engine mounts, balancer shaft, and mufflers are readily available to ensure the hybrid powertrain doesn’t get too shouty.
Lexus will provide a full suite of energetic driver assists, as you’d count on.