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Lexus planning to launch new small SUV

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Lexus is planning to launch a new entry-level crossover by the end of the year, according to Lexus International executive vice president Kazuo Ohara.

In an interview with the Drive show, Ohara claimed a small crossover for the global market seems like a promising option. He did not give any more details but said the SUV could in be line for a debut around November, in time for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show.

Speculation suggests it could be based on the new Toyota RAV-4. They recently trademarked the names NX 200t and NX 300h, which means the new SUV could be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, while the other one could be a 2.5-litre hybrid.

8 comments to Lexus planning to launch new small SUV

  • Hussain Al-Khalaf

    They should launch an RX based Toyota version first… they don’t have a mid/full crossover car with a streamlined design like for example Mazda CX9, Ford Edge… they only have the Prado which is too boxy to be a crossover !!

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    • Fuad

      Its already sold in Jap market as Toyota Harrier(but right hand drive). Depends on local dealer’s choice to import or not.

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    • Q8_Nomad

      In the US market, Toyota have two good crossovers: Venza & Highlander. Both of which are based on the Camry platform.

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  • Rahul


    The MAJOR reason for the downfall of the RX was the inability to compete with the 2.0 4-POT Audi q5!

    Downsizing is the way to go!! Good luck Lexus!!!

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    • Mashfique Hussain Chowdhury

      The RX is indeed a very small seller here, but it still sells twice as many as the Q5 in the UAE, according to sales figures. In the US, the RX is the top-selling Lexus.

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  • Dante

    subcompact SUV such as CRV and TIguan, has been a very important segment worldwide, especially in US, Euro and China. So Lexus need one model to compete with X1, Q3, Benz, LIncon and Land Rover are also planing to develop sub compact SUV.

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  • Sylvia

    I am very interested to know when Lexus LF-NX will be launched in UAE.

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  • Sylvia

    What will be the approximate price of NX?

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