Following rumors that Lexus has been working on a small crossover to slot below the RX (pictured), Automotive News Europe reports that the production-ready CUV will bow at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next March. Later this year, Lexus will preview this new crossover by way of a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.

According to the report, this new crossover will be a hybrid, and will ride on the smaller architecture that underpins the Toyota RAV4. Specific details have not been confirmed, but AN states that the entry-level CUV will be powered by the same 2.5-liter gasoline-electric drivetrain found in the Lexus ES 300h. Since Toyota will evidently be taking the time to hybridize the platform, we can't help but assume that it will eventually build a second-gen RAV4 EV.

Either way, with the small luxury CUV segment heating up, Lexus is likely smart to offer a player in this space. Until now, there has not been a Lexus crossover below the RX, and this new model will compete with other new players in the class including the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.


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      banstaman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now if I'm not mistaken it is going to be named the CX [from what I have read before]? Now that they will have a model to compete with the likes of X3, Q5, XC60, RDX and GLK, I would think they need more than just a hybrid to compete. I also do wonder if/when Lexus will venture into the 7-Passenger crossover segment and subcompact crossover segment like the X1, and Q3. I'm still quite curious to see what Lexus will have in store.
        Lab Ninja
        • 1 Year Ago
        @banstaman
        CX-h 250? 2.5L V6 from the IS250+electric?
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @banstaman
        This new Lexus compact crossover is meant to compete with the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Buick Encore, and Acura RDX. Didn't you read the article???
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eh, lets see a GS-F or the new IS-F. The world has enough CUVs.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward to the new model. Rav4 is a disaster in terms of external appearance, but I'm sure the Lexus model would be much better.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that Cadillac is feasting on its Cake here in the US, they are going to try eat Buick's cake?
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      OMG! OMG! Another CUV! And it's a hybrid! YAY!!!!
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mothers and the elderly everywhere, rejoice! Your Lexus RAV4 is forthcoming.
      Lunch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does the car have a Cleft Lip?
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rav 4 Hybrid will be the wife's next car. 35mpg combined / awd / 200hp etc. The Hybrid camry is under $27,000 so the Rav4 hybrid "should" be the same pricing or very close to it. Rav4 hybrid with a few options = $33,000 I'll take it for the wife. What other suv will offer awd + 35mpg + 200hp + 0-60 in under 7 seconds for $33,000. In case anyone missed it the next closest the Mazda CX5, the Ford Ecoboost doesn't get the right ratings and it's EXPENSIVE - Easily $36,000 with options.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
        what other hybrid will offer awd ?, nissan rogue hybrid with awd. The pathfinder is already awd hybrid.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      And the forgotten Infiniti EX37 sits in the corner wondering why nobody is talking about it. Actually, I have a feeling the Lincoln MKC will come in hybrid form as well, so this small compact luxury CUV market could get interesting pretty quickly.
        skierpage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        The Lincoln MKC is based on the Ford Escape and there's no indication there will be a hybrid version of that. I suspect Ford hasn't designed an AWD version of their latest Powersplit (similar to Toyota HSD) e-CVT yet.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        what the forgotten?, infiniti is currently working on a new EX and FX hybrid and gasoline version. please spend some time reading rather than judging. message from infiniti president This is the most exciting part. We already announced that we are introducing a premium compact model positioned below today’s Q50. But that’s just the start. Everybody is hard at work right now on the planning for the successor to our acclaimed FX – what in the future will be the QX70, so we’ve seen a couple of design proposals evolving that. As well as what eventually will become the QX50. This will be the car that really puts us in the sweet spot of the market for compact crossovers, really doing battle with cars of the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. But it doesn’t stop there. We are also taking the range upwards. We will quite likely see some very fascinating and highly aspirational models positioned above today’s M, or what will be in the future the Q70, and there will be some really attractive high performance cars that will add to the aspirational appeal of the Infiniti brand. http://reports.nissan-global.com/EN/?p=10870
      RomanM
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the current RX, it even says RX350 on it.
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      RonMcCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      this will no doubt be a top seller just like the Rx is. I am not really a Lexus fan but you cant argue with its stellar reliability and repuation and Lexus sells in Droves. If Only Acura made anything good anymore. I remember when Acura first came out. The whole lineup was desireable. The Acura Legend my brother bought the first one and it was nice and we got looks. I remember really liking the legend coupe and also the Rsx coupe. Oh and Nsx who can forget that. I cant think of any manufacturer who has lost their way more then Acura although it can be argued that infiniti never had a high point.
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