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Lexus launches LBX subcompact crossover

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On Monday, Lexus showcased its smallest vehicle to date, the LBX, a subcompact crossover, primarily designed for European congested city spaces.

The question of whether the LBX will be available in the U.S. remains unanswered by Lexus. Given its compact size, the likelihood of it making an appearance in U.S. showrooms is minimal. The LBX has a length of 165 inches, 12 inches shorter than the UX.

Contrary to the prevailing trend of EV powertrains, the LBX exclusively boasts a hybrid power mechanism. Presently, there is only one powertrain configuration – a 1.5-liter inline-3 coupled with a single electric motor, offering a combined output of 134 hp. The vehicle’s drive is front-wheel only, though an all-wheel-drive option with a second electric motor powering the rear axle is reportedly in the pipeline.

The LBX is built on the TNGA-B platform from Lexus’s parent company, Toyota. This platform is shared with the Toyota Yaris Cross, a model closely related to the LBX and restricted to markets outside the U.S.

With the LBX, Lexus aims to cater to buyers looking for a compact car without compromising on the comfort and features typically associated with larger vehicles. Consequently, the LBX boasts premium features like a large infotainment screen, a head-up display, and various electronic driver-assist capabilities, available as either standard or optional extras.

Sound and vibration suppression is another focus of the Lexus team, aiming to offer a serene and relaxing ambiance inside the vehicle, an unusual attribute for vehicles of this size.

A unique feature in this segment is a high level of customization, facilitated by the LBX’s Bespoke Build option. This option allows buyers to personalize interior colors, seat fabrics, embroidery designs, and more, offering approximately 330,000 potential combinations.

Lexus will release detailed specifications nearer to the market launch slated for later this year. Europe and Japan have been confirmed as the initial markets by the automaker.

While it is unlikely that the LBX will be introduced in the U.S., Lexus has two new SUVs ready to hit local showrooms soon. These include the redesigned 2024 GX and the new three-row SUV, the TX. The GX will share similarities with the redesigned Toyota Land Cruiser Prado available abroad, while the TX will be a counterpart to the upcoming 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lexus LBX Subcompact Crossover Launch

Will the Lexus LBX be available in the United States?

Lexus has not confirmed whether the LBX will be sold in the U.S. Due to its compact size, the chances of it appearing in local showrooms are slim.

What type of powertrain does the LBX have?

The LBX is equipped with a hybrid powertrain. It features a 1.5-liter inline-3 engine coupled with a single electric motor, providing a combined output of 134 horsepower.

Can the LBX be customized?

Yes, the LBX offers a Bespoke Build option for customization. Buyers can choose their interior colors, seat materials, embroidery patterns, and more. With approximately 330,000 potential combinations, personalization is a key feature of the LBX.

What features does the LBX offer?

The LBX comes with premium features such as a large infotainment screen, a head-up display, and multiple electronic driver-assist features. Lexus has also focused on sound and vibration suppression to ensure a quiet and relaxing driving experience.

Which markets will receive the LBX initially?

The initial markets confirmed by Lexus for the LBX are Europe and Japan. Detailed specifications and availability in other markets will be announced closer to the market launch.

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5 comments

CarEnthusiast23 June 5, 2023 - 12:43 pm

Heyy, did ya hear? Lexus just launched their tiniest ride yet, the LBX subcompct crossover! Primarily made for Europes crwded city streets. It’s sooo cute and tiny, I luv it!

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AutoFanatic42 June 5, 2023 - 12:43 pm

No way, the LBX is hybrid-only?? That’s super unique in a world full of EVs. I’m diggin’ the 1.5L inline-3 + electric motor combo, gotta love that fuel efficiency! Lexus knows how to keep up with the trends.

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LuxuryDriver19 June 5, 2023 - 12:43 pm

Gotta hand it to Lexus, they really know how to bring luxury to smaller vehicles. The LBX has all the premium features you’d expect, like a big infotainment screen and a head-up display. Plus, the bespoke customization option is a game-changer!

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SpeedDemon99 June 5, 2023 - 12:43 pm

Finally, a subcompact crossover that doesn’t compromise on performance. The LBX may be small, but that 134 hp is no joke! Can’t wait to see if they release an all-wheel-drive version. Time to hit the road in style!

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TechGeek21 June 5, 2023 - 12:43 pm

Wow, sound and vibration suppression in a small car? That’s impressive. Lexus is really pushing the boundaries of comfort and refinement. I’m curious to know more about the LBX’s tech features. Bring on the high-tech ride!

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