There’s a new baby in the Lexus family.
Lexus Australia has confirmed the recently revealed Toyota Yaris Cross-based LBX small crossover will go on sale locally in the first half of 2024.
Ahead of the Lexus LBX‘s local launch, an example will be displayed as a showcase vehicle at this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup at the Flemington Racecourse in November.
The LBX is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid powertrain which features a “compact and lightweight transaxle with enhanced motor output”, as well as a “high-output” nickel-metal hydride battery. Lexus hasn’t confirmed system outputs, though in the Yaris Cross it produces 85kW of power.
Like the Yaris Cross Hybrid, this hybrid powertrain will be available with both front- and all-wheel drive.
Lexus Australia has said it will confirm the local LBX lineup and pricing early next year.
The Lexus LBX will form as the smallest and potentially the least expensive Lexus on offer in Australia. Currently that is the UX SUV.
At 4190mm long and 1825mm wide with a 2580mm wheelbase, the LBX is 305mm shorter, 15mm narrower, and rides on an 80mm shorter wheelbase than the UX.
Inside, the LBX features a 9.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the middle of its dashboard, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Lexus is offering up to 50 ambient lighting colours, too.
That central screen looks to be running a version of the software from the larger RX and NX, while the digital dashboard shares its design with the system in the latest Toyota products rather than bigger Lexus models.
Interior photos reveal the LBX will be available with features like heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and semi-automatic parking assist.
Along with its unique design and Lexus badge, the LBX differentiates itself from its more mainstream platform mates with extra sound and vibration deadening for a typically quiet, refined drive.
The engine mounts, balancer shaft, and mufflers are on hand to make sure the hybrid powertrain doesn’t get too shouty.
Lexus will offer a full suite of active driver assists, as you’d expect.
The company had signposted earlier it intended to launch three new vehicles in “three new segments” before the middle of 2024, and the LBX is the final piece of that puzzle.