JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – A trademark named ‘LBX’ has been registered as a name new car by Toyota’s luxury car division, Lexus. Some sources say that LBX is a crossover because it adopts the letter X in its name.
Reporting from the page Response, presumably the BX code refers to the SUV-based Yaris Cross, A Toyota compact SUV that launched mid-year. So when combined, the LBX is a Lexus SUV that uses a base from Yaris Cross.
This can happen because the TNGA-B platform used by the Yaris Cross is now being adopted by Lexus.
Of course, this car will be positioned to be more expensive and more luxurious than the regular Yaris Cross. You could say LBX is the smallest Lexus SUV at this time, having previously been developed Lexus UX.
Even so, it is reported that this car will have dimensions that are slightly larger than the Toyota SUV. Moreover, this car will present an interior space with a higher quality material.
Speaking of design, Lexus seems to be embedding a design that has been embedded in the Lexus UX.
Interestingly, the tampialn fascia will be made bolder and stronger thanks to clear lines in accordance with the current Lexus design language.
Not to forget also the thin headlights with L-shaped LEDs, which provide a three-dimensional effect. This design also gives the impression of being compact, but luxurious.
Regarding the engine, it is widely heard that this car carries a 1,500 cc 3-cylinder hybrid engine with an electric motor.
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Meanwhile, from the safety features, this Lexus coded LBX will be equipped with the second generation Lexus Safety System + which was introduced in 2018.
One of its superior features is Pre-crash Safety (PCS), to avoid collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians, including accidents due to wrong lanes.
Other technologies include Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) which contribute to preventing accidents.
In the market, LBX will make its debut in the fall of 2021. This compact SUV will compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz GLA with a tag of around 500,000 yen or around Rp. 692 million, which is cheaper than the Lexus UX.