The Japanese based automaker Lexus has recently announced that a new entry-level crossover will be developed in order to compete with the German rivals.
According to Toyota’s luxury brand, the new crossover which will be developed by Lexus will be aimed towards models like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK or the Range Rover Evoque, a segment where the Japanese have lost a lot of customers. Even if the new model will go against some popular crossovers, the future Lexus entry-level SUV will have an advantage in the shape of a hybrid version, which will offer, besides the comfort and ride of a crossover, low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
“We have been very slow to come to the market with a downsized SUV. This is an area of our range that you will see develop over the next few years”, as the vice president of Lexus Europe, Andy Pfeiffenberger, told autoexpress.co.uk.
Andy Pfeiffenberger’s statement is basically confirming the company’s interest towards developing a new entry-level SUV but even if the model has been confirmed for production, we still don’t have a lot of details on it. Rumors say that the new compact SUV will be developed on a hybrid platform and will cost about 35,000 euros in Europe.