Lexus Compact Crossover Concept Coming to Tokyo Auto Show, Production Model in Early 2014

Lexus RX 2013

According to Automotive News, Lexus will debut a production-ready compact crossover at next year’s Geneva Motor Show:

The hybrid model, which will be based on parent company Toyota’s RAV4 compact SUV, will slot below the current Lexus RX 450h and become the automaker’s first offering in the fast-growing premium medium SUV segment, the source said.

At this year’s Detroit auto show, Lexus chief Kazuo Ohara said a concept version of the SUV would be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show in November.

Considering the pace of the rumormill over the last few months, this news doesn’t come as a complete shock — Lexus has long needed a compact crossover in the lineup, and it’s exciting to think it will be revealed in less than a year.

(I guess those spy shots from last year was a Lexus CUV prototype after all.)

[Source: Automotive News Europe]