Lexus studying several new models
( autoinsiderne ) - Lexus is considering the addition of a few new vehicles that would compete in a few emerging niche segments, according to AutoWeek. The models under consideration include a seven-seat crossover larger than the RX 350, a compact crossover smaller than the RX 350, and a unique Lexus hybrid model.
The first new vehicle is expected to be the large crossover. The new crossover is likely to be based on the rear-wheel drive GS platform, and could continue on the theme of the LF-X concept (shown). The new large crossover is expected to sell alongside the GX luxury SUV.
The compact crossover would target Acura's RDX model, Infiniti's forthcoming compact crossover, and the quartet of German compact crossovers, the BMW X3, VW Tiguan, Audi Q5, and Mercedes GLK-Class. AutoWeek says the compact crossover would be a bigger seller in Europe than in the U.S., where the compact crossover segment is hot. The Lexus hybrid-specific model fits with Toyota's view that hybrid buyers want exclusive styling so people know they are driving a hybrid.
Lexus currently has a lot of projects on the table, including its F-line of performance vehicles, the IS-F arrives early next year and a GS-F is expected, the coupe version of the IS, a new LX SUV, and the LF-A supercar. There is no word on how Lexus will spread its resources around to get all of these projects completed.