Lexus files NX 200t and NX 300h trademarks, names may designate future small crossover image

Toyota has filed two trademarks in the United States and Canada for the NX 200t and NX 300h nameplates.

The trademarks were filed October 15 2012 for “use in association with automobiles and structural parts thereof”, according to Kaizen Factor quoted by

In the United States, Trademark Application No. 85754116 was filed for NX 200t, and Trademark Application No. 85754176 for NX 300h. In Canada, Trademark Application No. 1598147 was filed for NX200t, with Trademark Application No. 1598148 applied for NX300h.

The two trademarks follow Lexus’ brand naming convention, so it’s safe to say they are the names of two future Lexus models. According to Kaizen Factor, the two new NX models will sit below the RX in Lexus’ lineup, so they may designate a new small crossover, as the X denotes a crossover or SUV.

The new NX models may be built on a platform derived from the Toyota RAV4. The 200t is Toyotaspeak for the new 2.0-liter, turbocharged AR engine expected in 2014, while the more common 300h is the Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine used on the current ES 300h, Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Camry Hybrid.

Kaizen Factor also writes that Toyota’s new NX badge may be a sort of revenge against Nissan, who “stole” the JX badge for its Infiniti JX crossover that Toyota was going to use sometime in the future. Nissan an NX coupe in the early 1990’s.