Lexus Compact Crossover Rendering from Japan [Updated]


By way of Club Lexus, an unknown Japanese magazine has attempted to render the much-rumored Lexus compact crossover:

2013 Lexus Compact Crossover

Even though the design is completely overcooked with Wald International-inspired styling, it does illustrate an advantage that Lexus has over its competitors — no matter the model, the new spindle grille brings an aggressive & bold look that really stands out, especially up against vehicles like the BMW X1 & Audi Q3.

Update: A second look at the rendering has been posted:

2014 Lexus CUV Rendering Part Two [Source: Club Lexus]

Comments


  • F1

    But Lexus better hope they don’t cannibalize sales of the RX350.. That’d be a step back as the RX350 is a massive success and a segment leader by quite a massive margin..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastien-Kroetsch/550680597 Sebastien Kroetsch

    I wouldn’t be worried about the RX sales. It is still for most people the best size SUV out there. Even though there is a great big market for Compact utility vehicle I doubt that same market looks at something as big as the RX. Most of our guests find the CT too small and the RX too big. Adding a vehicle with similar attributes but sized between those two would greatly help sales and close the gap perfectly.

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    These luxury compact-mid-sized CUVs have only been getting about 2500 sales a month, at their best.  They aren’t denting RX sales.

    The front end here does look a little overblown, but it’s better than what the Germans are bringing……
    BD

  • Carson

    I don’t suppose this model will have a big sales impact in the US market but in the rest of the world it could be very significant for Lexus. Especially China.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WGWI3V455RIPSWLRMDXILQNT2E Walter

    How the RX is doing in other countries, china for instance?

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    WOW! That full picture is really powerful!  

    That would be awesome if they made that, but I’m not holding my breath.  This mag has run these Lexus mock-up drawings up before, and been way off most of the time….
    BD

  • http://twitter.com/FreeSpirit16680 Мохамед Ибрагимов

    if it go out looks half like that 

    so signed me in for my first CUV 

  • DillonD

    Not going to lie, it looks pretty good! haha 

  • Thomas

    Wow! It’s really ugly. Bad design! Good it’s just a stupid dreamt up rendering and that Lexus never will produce such a hideous looking vehicle, though. Hope this doesnt get me banned.

  • Corradomr2

    Hoping the prod version will have a similar striking look, minus all the ground effects and huge wheels.  I’m in the market for a compact CUV with best in class fuel economy and this would fit my needs. The RX is a tad too large, thirsty, and pricey so in response to F1’s thread above,I wouldn’t see the CX taking any hit on the RX, especially if we consider the next gen RX to likely be larger than the current model (and maybe 7 passengers)?

  • Corradomr2

    Hoping the prod version will have a similar striking look, minus all the ground effects and huge wheels.  I’m in the market for a compact CUV with best in class fuel economy and this would fit my needs. The RX is a tad too large, thirsty, and pricey so in response to F1’s thread above,I wouldn’t see the CX taking any hit on the RX, especially if we consider the next gen RX to likely be larger than the current model (and maybe 7 passengers)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1142296954 Marcus Wilby

    Looks like the front end has been enlarged and blurred in with a different back ,  however as an overall shape I like it more than the RX…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1142296954 Marcus Wilby

    Agree – and Lexus needs more choice across the range..

  • Dundee

    Lexus need to capture the imagination in a way that the LR Evoque does, that thing works great, and is selling really well, at least here in Australia anyway.
    No more boring, go all out. 4 Cyl and 6 Cyl options, hybrid etc.
    It cant be like the GS or CT, Lexus seems to get half exciting and then pull back on design.

  • Jake

    Better cannibalize sales within the Lexus family than letting them go to the competition.

  • Jake

    The CT wasn’t designed for the American market and look how well is it performing. Surpassing A3 and 1 Series sales for a huge gap.

    The american society is changing, they are more concerned about fuel economy, lower displacement engines and mid size vehicles.

  • Jake

    This is by no means the production nor even the concept model of the CX.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Can’t see anything slowing down the RX — it’s a juggernaut.

    Other than an IS coupe, I think the compact-crossover is the biggest hole in the Lexus lineup, and is likely resulting in lost sales. Only positives to its introduction, in my mind.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Gone over this already — the only thing that will get you banned will be insulting other commenters.

    :-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I don’t have sales data, but it’s important to note that the RX is offered with a four-cylinder engine in China — imagine it’s doing ok.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Have to think the RX will grow in size if this compact crossover rumor is the real deal.

  • Clubae86

    perhaps we could look forward to a Rav 4 spin off? Much like the Acura RDX is to the Honda CRV and Infiniti EX35 with the G37 Sedan FM platform.   As well as those Quad ring brand Q5 to the People’s car Tiguan.  BMW X1 is garbage from what I’ve seen.  Let’s just hope that if Lexus were to build CUV please don’t cheap out on interior please.