LEXUS will officially launch its latest LS limousine to media in San Jose, California, on July 30 before its public world debut at the Paris show in September, where the Japanese luxury brand is also preparing to unveil a show-stopper.
Lexus Australia marketing manager Peter Evans told GoAuto that, in addition to the new LS, the Paris show will “be worth looking at from our perspective”.
Evans was reticent to provide more details as his employers would be “really upset if I blew the cover on what is going to happen at Paris”.
The mystery unveil could be a product to fill one of the gaps in the Lexus line-up, such as a compact SUV or sports coupe – both of which Mr Evans said are “on the horizon and under consideration”.
Given that a production LF-LC is directly tied to the success of the new GS, I have to think a compact SUV is more likely — if so, Lexus will finally be filling the biggest gap in the lineup.
Of course, questions immediately spring to mind: Will it be a mini-RX or a larger CT? Will it debut as a concept or a final production model?
Evans also mentions the possibility of higher-powered CT:
Another likely unveil for Paris is a hot hatch variant of the CT200h and Mr Evans revealed its arrival is “a matter of when rather than if – or rather when and what because there are a few alternatives”.
A brand-new mystery model, a rumored hot hatch CT, the auto show debut of the new LS, and a low-displacement GS hybrid, all at the Paris Auto Show? Looks like Lexus is taking Europe very seriously.
(Please note, the above image is the RX 450h, and not a teaser for the new mystery model.)