Lexus has a new small SUV that will be used to rival the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque. At the Detroit motor show, Kazuo Ohara, the executive vice president of Lexus International, shared that the company is considering an SUV that’s smaller than the existing RX. The details have not been divulged yet but according to Ohara, the new SUV is a key model if the brand wants to boost its growth globally.
Kazuo said that there’s a “need” to offer a vehicle that’s smaller than the RX, adding that this smaller SUV has potential for the worldwide market. Ohara was then asked to comment on a plan for this car to be built on the same platform as the boxy, urban-focused CT200h hatchback. Kazuo said that it’s “still secret” but that it’s being seriously considered.
Kazuo said that a concept vehicle may be unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in late November. It’s also possible that the next-generation small SUV from Lexus will have a refreshed version of the new RAV4 from parent Toyota, or an all-new model that is likely to feature edgy styling such as the newly presented IS sedan.
These rivals were very successful in Australia, as well as in other parts of the world. In 2012, the top-seller was the Audi Q5. It sold 2830 units in Australia, ahead of the 2,500 BMW X3 units sold, and the 2,496 units sold of the Range Rover Evoque.
What better way to strengthen the Lexus family identity than to adopt the bold, elegant and highly individual frontal treatment that will come with the new Lexus RX range.
First developed on the CT 200h and GS model range, this brand new and more aggressive design gives the new RX more authority on the road.
New RX has a prominent spindle shape because of its bridged bumper mid-section brought by the combination and integration of the inverted trapezoid upper grille and slanted lower grille. For a more modern and bolder design, its lower grill now features black-finished horizontal bars.
Just a bit above its grille is a new, clear lens headlamp cluster design – a characteristic that is uniquely Lexus – which offers a choice of halogen, High Intensity Discharge (HID) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) headlamps. Integral LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) highlights these headlamps forming an L-finesse arrowhead motif, adding to the unique visual signature of the new RX model range.
For a touch of elegance at the rear, the rear lamp clusters are also fitted with clear lenses and redesigned for stronger and more sweeping horizontal emphasis.