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 |  Mar 29 2012, 7:02 PM

Smaller downmarket SUVs are in Lexus‘ future lineup according to one company executive who spoke to Auto Express

“We have been very slow to come to the market with a downsized SUV,”  Andy Pfeiffenberger, vice president of Lexus Europe said. “This is an area of our range that you will see develop over the next few years.”
Such an announcement comes amid an already-evolving Lexus lineup that doesn’t currently compete with the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque. Pfeiffenberger didn’t elaborate on what Lexus engineers might be working on, but it will probably be an embodiment of the rumored CX, based on the CT200h.
We’ve been expecting something like this form Lexus for a while, but the RX does such a good job of slotting between SUVs like the BMW X3 and X5 that it’s understandable why the automaker doesn’t seem to be in a rush.

GALLERY: Lexus CT200h


[Source: Auto Express]

 |  Oct 20 2011, 11:15 AM

Lexus is looking to expand its lineup with the addition of an all-new model based on the CT200h hybrid hatchback. This news coincides with past reports that the automaker is looking to offer a compact crossover below the RX, possibly called the CX300h.

As the name suggests, like the CT, the CX would be a hybrid exclusive model. Built primarily for the European marketplace it would compete with vehicles like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. As a small premium model with exceptional fuel economy it would also help grow the Lexus brand in Europe.

Powering the luxury crossover could be a more powerful hybrid system, perhaps using the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder from the HS250h, paired with a lithium-ion battery pack.

Look for a debut some time in 2013.

Past reports have indicated that Lexus is also looking to add yet another luxury sedan to its lineup, as well as a new 7-seat SUV or crossover.

GALLERY: Lexus CT200h


[Source: AMUS]