Lexus LBX unveiled – Mild-hybrid only, based on Yaris Cross

Here it is, the new SUV from Lexus – the Lexus LBX, which has just made its world debut in Milan, Italy. Expected to be the Japanese luxury carmaker’s best-seller, the Lexus LBX, which stands for ‘Lexus Breakthrough Crossover’, is the brand’s first B-segment, positioned under C-segment models like the Lexus UX, and the CT hatchback from the past.

Based on the GA-B platform, which also underpins the European Toyota Yaris Cross, the Lexus LBX measures 4,190 mm long, 1,825 mm wide and 1,545 mm tall, and has a 2,580 mm wheelbase. Suspension-wise, the LBX features MacPherson struts at the front and double-wishbone at the back. This platform and suspension setup is created to provide the Lexus LBX with an engaging yet comfortable driving experience and to put a smile on the face of all occupants, according to Lexus.

On the outside, the Lexus LBX is designed with a ‘premium casual’ design philosophy. The front features Lexus’ new ‘Resolute Look’ design, which comes with the brand’s iconic spindle grille, a design that was first introduced in the LF-S concept car in 2003.

The rear design of the Lexus LBX features a simple, yet planted stance, which as a result provides the SUV low centre of gravity. The LBX’s low-slung bonnet belt mouldings flushed with the body, a gate-style rear roof spoiler, and the light cluster designs also help enhance its aerodynamic performance.

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To make luxury more personal, as mentioned by Lexus, the LBX comes with four design themes, or what the company referred to as ‘atmospheres’, in order to better fit its customers’ different lifestyles and preferences. These four ‘atmospheres’ are namely Elegant, Relax, Emotion, and Cool, which are all offered on top of the base grade option.

The Elegant and Relax options come with a monotone painted exterior and glossy 18-inch alloys. The Emotion and Cool options, on the other hand, come with a bi-tone paintwork and 18-inch alloy wheels with a machined finish.

Lexus is also providing further convenience with the Lexus LBX with its optional digital key. Compatible with both Apple and Android smartphone devices, the digital key allows owners to use their smartphones to unlock and start their car.

Powering the Lexus LBX is the brand’s new hybrid electric system, consisting of a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine, and a bi-polar nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery. Paired with an Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT), the LBX produces 136 hp (metric) and 185 Nm of torque and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds. The B-segment luxury SUV is offered in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) options.

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Inside the Lexus LBX is an interior design with refinement reserved for higher-class vehicles, according to Lexus. The LBX Cool comes with an Ultrasuede and leather bi-tone black or dark grey interior with copper details and stitching. The LBX Elegant, on the other hand, comes with synthetic leather in a subtle Forest Brown shade or Ammonite Sand for the door panels, instrument panel and console pads as well as the seat upholstery. The Relax model is equipped with a choice of Saddle Tan or Black semi-aniline leather with distinctive Tatami stitching.

Lexus designed the LBX with a driver-focused cockpit, based on Lexus’ Tazuna concept, first featured in the NX SUV. This concept positions principal controls and information sources immediately around the driver, so their operation only requires minimal movements of the hand or eye.

The LBX comes with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument display, featured in a Lexus for the first time, as well as a head-up display (HUD). The Lexus Link Connect system is also included and can be operated via the 9.8-inch central screen.

The “Hey Lexus” on-board assistant is also included, allowing both the driver and front seat passenger to interact via voice command. Wireless or wired connections are available for Apple CarPlay, while Android Auto is wired link. The LBX comes with an array of 13 speakers by Mark Levinson. Ambient illumination is also available, with a range of 50 colour options.

Safety-wise, the Lexus LBX comes with the Lexus Safety System+. This includes Pre-Collision System with Intersection Turn Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist/Lane Keep Assist and Road Sign Assist. Safe Exit Assist, a driver monitor, intelligent parking sensors with auto-braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Blind Spot Monitor are also included. An extended safety will be optionally available, introducing features such as a Front Cross Traffic Alert system and a Panoramic View Monitor. A remote parking option can also be opted for.

The Lexus LBX will be introduced to markets such as Europe, Japan, and selected markets worldwide in Q4 2023. Sales of the SUV will begin in European and selected global markets in early 2024.

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