Imagining a Lexus Compact Crossover SUV

Stumbled across this Japanese magazine rendering of a Lexus RAV4-based CUV over on Club Lexus, and thought it looked rather interesting (click for a larger version):

Lexus RX RAV4

Rumors of a baby RX have been around for just about forever — it’s hard to imagine an argument against a RAV4-sized Lexus, but just like last week’s rumour of a seven-seat crossover, it might out of the concern that a smaller car-based SUV would cut into RX sales.

Still, the mini-crossover (& maxi-crossover) segments are now well established, and surely Lexus would prefer to redirect marketshare from the RX to other models in the lineup rather than lose customers to competitors — do you think Lexus should release a compact crossover?

[Source: Club Lexus]