Lexus unveils hybrid LBX: Latest 134 hp entry-level model in lineup

Designed as the latest addition to the Lexus lineup, the compact crossover serves as a replacement for the CT hatchback in a unique way. It takes its place below the UX as the new introductory model. Sharing the GA-B platform with the Yaris, it boasts distinctive styling that harmonizes with Lexus’ design language both internally and externally.

With dimensions of 165 inches in length, 71.8 inches in width, and 60.8 inches in height, accompanied by a wheelbase measuring 101.5 inches, the LBX surpasses the size of its counterpart, the Yaris Cross. It has a weight of 2,821 pounds and comes standard with 18-inch wheels. The LBX will offer both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options, paired solely with a continuously variable transmission.

The LBX is equipped with a hybrid powertrain that revolves around a compact three-cylinder, 1.5-liter gasoline engine. This powertrain generates a combined output of 134 horsepower and reaches a maximum torque of 136 pound-feet.

By utilizing this particular setup, the LBX demonstrates an impressive acceleration, going from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 9.2 seconds, along with a commendable towing capacity of up to 1,653 pounds. Regarding suspension, the front-wheel-drive iterations of the LBX incorporate a MacPherson strut system at the front, whereas the all-wheel-drive models are equipped with a double wishbone rear suspension.

When it comes to design, the LBX cleverly integrates elements that help reduce weight. Notable among these are the aluminum hood and the inclusion of molded resin wheel arches, rockers, and lower door sections.

Step inside the LBX, and you’ll be greeted by a host of impressive features. The focal point is a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, complemented by an optional head-up display. Controlling the infotainment system is a user-friendly 9.8-inch touchscreen.

This system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and for added convenience, wireless connectivity is available for Apple CarPlay. To elevate your audio experience, the LBX boasts a remarkable 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, complete with a subwoofer.

When it comes to cargo space, the front-wheel-drive LBX model offers a generous capacity of 11.7 cubic feet with the rear seats in their upright position. However, due to the additional hardware in the rear, the all-wheel-drive LBX is expected to provide slightly less practicality.

A notable achievement for Lexus is the LBX, marking the brand’s first-ever model primarily developed in Europe. The production of the LBX is slated to commence by the end of this year, and it is expected to be available for sale in Europe and other markets starting in early 2024.

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