Lexus Planning New Compact Car for 2021?

Lexus CT Replacement

Lexus is developing a new entry-level compact car to replace the CT hatchback, according to an Autocar interview with Lexus Europe director Pascal Ruch:

Plans to release a model that is smaller in size than the new UX SUV were confirmed by Pascal Ruch at the 2019 Geneva motor show, after UK boss Ewan Shepherd first hinted at such a car earlier this year.

What’s not clear yet, however, is whether Lexus will retain the CT 200h’s hatchback bodystyle or move to something more crossover-shaped. We know it will be offered with some form of electrification, and it’s possible that such a car could be Lexus’s long-awaited first EV.

The current CT 200h is scheduled to remain on sale in Europe for another two years, which suggests this new model may not arrive until 2021. As for electrification, the UX crossover is the likely choice to be the first Lexus EV.

(The above rendering is from Best Car.)