Lexus may have had another big reason – in addition to the financial incentives potentially worth up to $146.5 million that Kentucky offered – to move ES production to its Georgetown, KY plant. The ES has always been built in Japan, and a report at TheDetroitBureau.com claims that the Kyushu facility will be tooling up to build a new model thought to be a compact hybrid crossover expected to go on sale next year. While ES300h production would remain in Japan, shedding 50,000 units of traditional ES production would free capacity for what many think will be an important model in the Lexus lineup.

The new CUV will come in below the RX and be built on the platform of the RAV4. Speculation is that there will be an NX200t and an NX300h, the former possibly getting the 2.0-liter turbo Toyota engine due in 2014 – matching the predicted timeline for the CUV and supposedly also meant for an RX200t – and latter getting the same 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain in the ES300h. We'll see a preview of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 fighter at this year's Tokyo Motor Show; the production version should be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.


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      Klinkster
      • 1 Year Ago
      The smart person asks: Why isn't this "supposed" new Lexus crossover being built in Canada beside the RAV4...where the RX is already built? It would be a natural extension. Something's not right about The Detroit Bureau's reporting...
        rlog100
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Klinkster
        Because of the Chicken Law. Because, you know, protectionism doesn\'t work.
        Connor Murphy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Klinkster
        Because if it's built in the states, it's even cheaper to ship.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Taxpayers get ripped for 750 Toyota temp jobs.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kentucky, you've been played for a fool.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yawn... Another crossover. Next!
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just don't understand the point of a crossover below the RX. The RX isn't that much bigger than a Rav in the first place, and with it just having gotten a refresh, it'll be a while before it could evolve into something larger than it currently is. I just don't see the point. How about getting to work on a realistically-priced sports coupe, and the LC?? That would be some welcome news.
        Connor Murphy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        For a lot of people, the RX is too big. If you don't need cargo space, you don't need that much size just to have a vehicle that's easy to get in and out of.
      Capt. Slo
      • 1 Year Ago
      They need to build one off the Highlander instead.
      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they price this baby RX low. I commute from Wv across MD to central PA every day. I need something comfortable and some what easy on gas. I always wanted a RX 450H but not willing to pay that much to put 120K on it in three years.
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        Connor Murphy
        • 1 Year Ago
        Mercedes does well with the GLK, Acura has the RDX... The list goes on. Many people feel the RX is a little big when their primary concern is a vehicle that's easy to get in and out of - not cargo capacity.
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        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        They're also selling a good amount of Buick encores.
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