Published on June 6th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Lexus LBX Debuts As Compact Luxury Hybrid Crossover Based On GA-B Platform

The Lexus LBX has been introduced as the crossover spiritual successor to the CT200h.

We knew Lexus was on a product offensive when it teased not one, not two but THREE new models. The third of these models was just shown – the LBX.

The Lexus LBX is an all-new nameplate for the brand but is being positioned as the spiritual successor to the CT200h, which was a popular hybrid hatchback from Lexus. The LBX is also a hybrid-only model, at least at launch. The new LBX is built on the GA-B platform and sports crossover styling. Some would say it’s a luxury take on the Toyota Yaris Cross but obviously Lexus have done more than just the minimum to set its GA-B crossover apart. Expect a dash of Omotenashi hospitality and contemporary design and technology. Being a smaller crossover, the Lexus LBX has limited appeal and is being targeted at selected markets, including Europe.

Powering the LBX is the latest self-charging Lexus hybrid electric system which consists of a compact 1.5L 3-cylinder petrol engine, as well as hybrid system components such as the transaxle, power control unit, a bi-polar nickel-metal hydride battery and electric motor.


The LBX’s hybrid system has an output of just 136 hp and 185Nm of torque, which doesn’t look too impressive on paper, but this will be the smallest vehicle to bear the Lexus Driving Signature. Lexus E-Four all-wheel drive is available with an additional electric motor at the rear axle and pure EV driving can be done for longer and faster than ever on a hybrid Lexus.

Lexus claims to have paid special attention to managing NVH on the LBX. Among the measures made include adding a balancer shaft to the engine, adding damping sheets to the doors, countering vibration and road noise from the roof with a high-damping mastic and an extensive silencer, sealing the edge of the bonnet and inserting foam in key areas throughout the car and even beneath it.

Finally, there’s the look. This is the first Lexus model to break from the Spindle Grille by deconstructing it and making way for a new design language. The front face identity is distinct from any other Lexus yet is still recognisable as one of the company’s cars. The new grille draws from the “Resolute Look” introduced on the 2003 Lexus LF-S concept car and merges that with the new Spindle Body design language.

The Lexus LBX measures 4190mm long, 1825mm wide, 1545mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2580mm. A low-slung bonnet, belt mouldings flush with the body, a gate-style rear roof spoiler and precise light cluster design characterise the exterior design. The Lexus LBX will go into production in late 2023. Given its small size, low power output and the lack of hybrid incentives in Malaysia our guess is that this model will not be introduced here. We should instead look forward to the all-electric UX300e.

Lexus LBX rear end

Lexus LBX Key specifications

  • Dimensions: 4,190 mm (length) x 1,825 mm (width) x 1,545 mm (height)
  • Curb weight: 1280 kg
  • Trunk capacity: 332 litres
  • Towing capacity (unbraked): 750 kg
  • Engine: 1.5 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine
  • Transmission: Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission
  • Total system output: 100kW / 136 DIN hp
  • Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h): 9.2 sec
  • Turning circle: 10.4 m

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