While German automakers are building increasing numbers of compact, entry-level models to meet fuel economy mandates, Japanese automaker Lexus has announced that it has no such plans.
That means there won’t be a compact car slotting underneath the Lexus IS coupe anytime soon, and the CT 200h will likely remain the automaker’s smallest offering for now. Since Lexus is grouped in with Toyota and Scion, it doesn’t have to follow in the footsteps of competitors BMW (1-Series) and Mercedes-Benz (B-Class) in order to meet fuel economy mandates.
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Lexus did confirm that it’ll continue to monitor the small, entry-level luxury market however and if there’s sufficient demand, the automaker might change its mind.
Past reports have indicated that a compact crossover is on the way, possibly named the NX. Based on the RAV4 platform it would slot in underneath the RX and could be the first Lexus to use a turbocharged engine.
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