Lexus has whipped the wraps off the LBX, a “breakthrough crossover” for the Japanese automaker. Indeed, “LBX” stands for “Lexus Breakthrough Crossover”. Here’s what you can expect of the new entry point to the firm’s crossover/SUV line-up…

“[The LBX] offers strong appeal to a younger audience and those who may not have considered a Lexus before. It will be an attractive proposition to customers seeking to downsize or purchase a second vehicle, meeting their new lifestyle requirements,” said the manufacturer.

LEXUS LBX EXTERIOR

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The LBX establishes Lexus’ new design identity, “Resolute Look”. The front end features a reinterpreted version of the company’s signature ‘spindle grille’. “We have ‘deconstructed’ the spindle grille to make way for a new frontal design,” said Koichi Suga, General Manager Lexus Design. “We’ve succeeded in creating a new face identity that’s completely different from before yet is instantly recognisable as a Lexus.” The grille has been unified in a single trapezoidal shape, positioned below a tapered aperture running beneath the edge of the bonnet. The latter is flanked by slim headlamp clusters.

‘Round back, the LBX features the latest evoltion of Lexus’ signature L-shaped light bars. “Lexus” lettering can be found on the tailgate. A roof-mounted rear spoiler is also present. Wheel sizes include 17- and 18-inch alloys.

The first model to be based on Lexus’ new, GA-B small car global architecture, the LBX measures 4 190mm bow to stern, 1 825 mm in width, and 1 545 mm in hight. The wheelbase measures 2 580 mm. Lexus claims a kerb weight of 1 280 kg.

LEXUS LBX INTERIOR

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Stepping inside, the LBX’s cabin is upholstered in semi-aniline leather. Vegan-friendly trim is also available. Depending on the derivative, the LBX is equipped with a head-up display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

The Lexus Link Connect infotainment system is operated via a 9.8-inch display. The set-up includes Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android screen mirroring, and cloud-based navigation. A Mark Levinson surround sound system relays tunes over 13 “optimally positioned” speakers. Ambient lighting, replete with 50 colour options, is also present.

The luggage capacity (for the front-wheel-drive derivatives) is a claimed 332 litres, with space for two 75-litre cases provided by a compartment below the folding tonneau cover.

LEXUS LBX POWERTRAIN

The LBX employs Lexus’ new-generation, self-charging hybrid powertrain, coupled with an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The petrol-electric arrangement comprises a compact, lightweight 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and an electric motor, coupled with a NiMH battery. The system produces 100 kW and 185 Nm of torque.