To the untrained eye, these photos might not look like anything more than a Lexus CT 200h undergoing testing, but what we really have here is something pretty significant. According to our spies, this is actually a mule that gives us our first glimpse at the upcoming Lexus NX crossover, a smaller vehicle that will slot below the RX in the automaker's CUV portfolio – presently only one vehicle.

Look closely, and you'll note that this mule has a much higher ride height than the normal CT hybrid hatchback. The upgraded wheels with crossover-spec tires are another dead giveaway that something more robust is being tested in this CT's shell.

Late last year, we learned that Lexus had reportedly trademarked the names "NX 200t" and "NX 300h," which provided a glimpse into the powertrain offerings for the new CUV. Lexus will finally make use of turbocharged power with this new NX – a 2.0-liter turbo-four fitting of the 200t nomenclature. A hybrid variant will almost certainly be available – the 300h – probably using the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor combination found in the ES 300h. Our spies report that a naturally aspirated, four-cylider version should also be available.

Our earlier reports have suggested that we could see the production NX as early as the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. A concept previewing this CUV may appear at the Tokyo Motor Show, as well.


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      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a mule, so it reveals nothing about styling. The real thing will surely feature the garish Lexus spindle grill. The only remotely interesting question here is whether Lexus will pitch this as a mini-RX (a soft, smooth, boring performer) or as more of an IS on a growth spurt (sporty small CUV to go against the X3 and Q5). A 2.0 turbo sounds promising, But if it's really related to Toyota Auris/Lexus CT mechanicals, then they are going in the mini-RX direction, and enthusiasts can move right along.
      Jessie Louthan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Smart of Lexus to want to jump into the small luxury CUV category...I'm sure that they'll sell thousands to the Baby Boomers...
      wat
      • 1 Year Ago
      So.... an overpriced Venza?
        CaddyV8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wat
        Do some homework before you open your mouth next time, ok?
          wat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CaddyV8
          You must be pretty bored staying home doing homework on Toyotas.
        kontroll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wat
        All expensive toyotas are expensive...this is a clown car for the AD baby boomer crowd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wat
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      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stupid car for stupid people...bleh
        Hyns
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        that means you gonna buy one...right?
      taeles
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see dodge caliber when I look at this,
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe it's taken this long to rebadge a Rav4.
        Max Bramante
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Just like the Q5 is a rebadged Tiguan...
          FIDTRO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Max Bramante
          Actually the Q5 rides on an Audi-exclusive platform with the A4 and A5, but nice try.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Looks like Toyota borrowed a Versa from Nissan, put a couple of badges on it, nicer tail-lights and gave up after that. Also, it looks like a hatchback... What sort of reductions in handling and performance are they going to do to appease the CUV crowd?
      Sanchez
      • 1 Year Ago
      An NX without available T-Tops? What?
      vroooomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a versa to me
      Max Bramante
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok guys this is a MULE ok? Just a MULE. Nothin else than a MULE. Got it?
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bramante
        A turbo from Toyota? I agree Toyota fan-boy kool-aid served right up! Encore(Buick), do you want more?
        alison1of4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bramante
        agreed, stock CT body with some hidden technology their trying, this will certainly not be the final look in an way shape or form
          nbcftgohah
          • 1 Year Ago
          @alison1of4
          are, however, vw, and that's enough to go elsewhere.
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        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        Your doing a great job posting stupid comments
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