Lexus UX 250 and UX 250h Trademarks Registered in Australia

Lexus UX250 and UX 250h

Lexus has trademarked both the UX 250 and UX 250h nameplates in Australia, giving us the first concrete evidence that a new crossover is coming.

As it stands, there are two crossovers that have been rumored for some time — a large three-row model that will slot above the RX, and a smaller sub-NX model that is reportedly based on the CT.

Judging from the engine codes, the subcompact crossover seems more likely — let’s break it down:

  • UX 250: Likely a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, perhaps the 178 horsepower 2AR-FE used in multiple Toyota applications.
  • UX 250h: The 250h designation is a mystery, as the 2.5L 2AR-FXE hybrid engine is classified as a 300h in the Lexus lineup. The 2.4L 2AZ-FXE engine found in the HS 250h is an option, but seems unlikely. We could be looking at a new hybrid engine with this trademark.

There’s a fair amount of speculation here, but one thing’s for sure — the reveal of the production Toyota CH-R subcompact crossover in Geneva just became a lot more interesting. The new model could confirm or discard much of the thinking outlined here.

(Here are the actual Australian trademarks — the UX 250 is filed under #1754520, and the UX 250h is #1754522. Both were registered on February 24th, 2016.)

Tip of the hat to Autoguide for finding these trademarks!