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June 5, 2023

Lexus Expands Market Reach With First-Ever LBX Crossover

Lexus has unveiled the first-ever LBX, a segment-defying small crossover that aims to deliver fresh value to its customers. Extending Lexus’ reach into the more mainstream space, it breaks ground in terms of design, naming convention, and even its variant strategy.

Standing for Lexus Breakthrough Crossover, the LBX is Lexus’ first three-letter nameplate after the LFA. This signifies the Japanese carmaker’s commitment to and trust in the new model.

The first-ever Lexus LBX features a “deconstructed” seamless, frameless spindle grille that creates a new front face identity. The grille has been unified into a single trapezoidal shape, positioned below a narrow aperture that runs beneath the leading edge of the bonnet, linking the slim headlight units. The spindle body design contributes to a strong stance that’s also aerodynamically efficient. At the back, the license plate has been moved down so the LEXUS lettered signature is made more prominent. The L-shaped light bar also features the latest evolution. At each corner are 18-inch alloy wheels.

The LBX is 4,190 mm long, 1,825 mm wide and 1,545 mm high and has a 2,580 mm wheelbase. The low-slung bonnet, belt moldings flush with the body, a gate-style rear roof spoiler and precise light cluster designs enhance aerodynamic performance and contribute to the LBX’s efficiency, stability, and responsive performance.

Riding on the TNGA GA-B small global platform, the LBX distills the Lexus Driving Signature into its smallest package. The body has been strengthened with structural adhesives, reinforcements, and additional bracing. It also uses an aluminum hood, molded resin wheel arches, rockers, and lower door sections to lessen weight (1,280 kg curb weight).

Depending on the driven wheels, the LBX either has a front MacPherson Strut, rear torsion beam setup (front-wheel drive models), or a front MacPherson Strut, rear double wishbone (all-wheel drive models). Vehicle Braking Posture Control debuts on this model too. This automatically balances front and rear brake force distribution to suppress pitching and maintain linear, reassuring performance. It also helps reduce vehicle roll when cornering, keeping the car comfortable and stable and filtering out vibrations.

Powering the Lexus LBX is a compact, lightweight 1.5-liter 3-cylinder electrified engine. The combined outputs are 136 horsepower and 185 Nm. It also sports a low resistance, high output nickel-metal hydride battery. The transmission is a CVT. Acceleration is pegged at 9.2 seconds.

For models with E-Four all-wheel drive, the LBX adds an additional electric motor at the rear axle. When pulling away, cornering, and driving on low-grip surfaces, the system automatically directs drive force to the rear wheels, helping keep the vehicle stable and maintaining driver confidence.

Inside, the LBX features a simplified theme. Choice of upholstery include semi-aniline leather or even vegan-friendly options. The Tazuna concept, first introduced in the Lexus NX, has been amplified with the new 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster—a first for Lexus. This is on top of a 9.8-inch central touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto. Mark Levinson, Lexus’ exclusive audio partner, has designed an optional premium system for the car, featuring an array of 13 optimally positioned speakers. They include a subwoofer integrated in the back door, avoiding any loss of space in the load compartment.

Trim models are designated by “atmospheres” to better match customer lifestyles and preferences. These are: Elegant, Relaxed, Emotion, and Cool.

Owners who wish to give their LBX a more personalized look can take advantage of the new Lexus Bespoke Build service. Lexus’ customer-first approach gives them the freedom to personalize their vehicle with tailor-made details.

The Lexus LBX goes into production late 2023. It will go on sale in Europe and selected global markets from early 2024.

1 comment:

  1. Yaris engine in a Lexus... Not sure if it's a good idea.


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