According to patent filling reports by parent company Toyota, Japanese luxury automaker Lexus will introduce a more affordable SUV in its lineup – the production version UX – as well as a seven-seat variant of the popular RX.
According to the patent files, Lexus will tart manufacturing a production version of the UX concept that was first introduced during the Paris Motor Show last year, and it could slot in the place occupied by the CT hatchback. The filed patents for the UX name indicate there’s a bevy of versions to be expected, including UX200, UX250 and UX250h. Of course, the production model will come with a toned down design compared to the concept, though still quite angular as to the company’s latest design language. The UX is also the premium correspondent to Toyota’s C-HR, the first subcompact hybrid crossover.
But Lexus is also allegedly preparing to enhance the RX large SUV family with seven-seat capable versions named RX350L and RX450hL models. This would put Lexus on a collision course inside the niche with models such as the Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLS and the upcoming BMW X7. The new RX L additions are expected to come out quickly – sometime this year with early 2018 deliveries.