Is Lexus Planning a Sub-NX Compact Crossover?

Lexus NX Smaller Crossover

Lexus International president Tokuo Fukuichi discussed the possibility of a crossover smaller than the NX with Australian website GoAuto:

Meanwhile, discussing a possible sub-NX crossover for the Japanese luxury brand to compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1, Mr Fukuichi said it would depend on whether Toyota had the appropriate platform to share.

“We have many kinds of product with the Toyota brand we have to share, but we can think about smaller product also,” he said. “Actually we cannot say about planning. We have to make a strategy to share with Toyota brand. Which brand is better for the smaller one.”

It just so happens that Toyota released a concept at last week’s Paris Motor Show that fits the bill — the C-HR is a small crossover that reportedly combines the “original late-90s RAV4 with the Prius and the GT86”:

Toyota C-HR Concept

(This marks the second time a Lexus executive has mentioned a sub-NX model — a couple months back, Lexus Europe vice president Alain Uyttenhoven discussed the possibility with Autocar.)

[Source: GoAuto]