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Lexus to Add Smaller Crossover to Lineup?

Lexus CT Crossover

Lexus is considering a small crossover that would slot below the UX in their lineup., according to a new AutoCar interview with the brand’s executive vice-president Koji Sato:

“Smaller doesn’t always mean cheaper now, so trends are changing,” said Sato. “I can’t say clearly that it is something we will do, but we are looking at all vehicle opportunities.”

Such an SUV would sit below the recently launched Lexus UX crossover, with a likely starting price well below £30,000. However, Sato hinted that part of the appeal of creating smaller cars was that buyers are increasingly willing to raise the transaction price by buying options. “What customers want is individuality,” he said.

This may reveal itself as the successor to the CT hatchback — rumours have suggested the second-generation model would be offered as both a car & crossover.

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What's a comparable car to a sub UX crossover, having a hard time imagining how you get much smaller while still being a CUV.
 

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What's a comparable car to a sub UX crossover, having a hard time imagining how you get much smaller while still being a CUV.
It would be the only one in it's class...maybe similar to the Scion IQ/Aston Martin Cygnet...
 

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What's a comparable car to a sub UX crossover, having a hard time imagining how you get much smaller while still being a CUV.
It would be the only one in it's class...maybe similar to the Scion IQ/Aston Martin Cygnet...
I don't think it would be as small as a Scion IQ/Aston Martin Cygnet. I'm thinking something the size of a Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore or Hyundai Venue, but with luxury interior and features. Audi offers a Q2 crossover smaller than anything sold in North America, but I'm not sure how it compares size-wise to Lexus UX.
 

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I don't think it would be as small as a Scion IQ/Aston Martin Cygnet. I'm thinking something the size of a Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore or Hyundai Venue, but with luxury interior and features. Audi offers a Q2 crossover smaller than anything sold in North America, but I'm not sure how it compares size-wise to Lexus UX.
It'll be B segment or smaller C segment than UX say 4,3m.
 

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B or smaller C segment with 60 kWh battery sounds like 300+ miles to me. :)

CUV height so that two layers of battery cells could be stacked up lol. Maybe Toyota caught wind of Polestar's strategy/playbook.


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In photos, the Polestar 2 presents an unusual shape. It's not a crossover, but seems higher-riding and more slab-sided than a sedan. In person, though, it's fairly conventional, with nice presence and poise despite the slightly higher roofline. The big wheels, creased wheel arch liner, and gap between the tire and body all play into the visual trick to make it seem taller. "We call it a fastback," says Missoni. "We think that's a really good sweet spot. It combines a higher seating position so the driver can look over the road better, with a hatchback-like shape so there's a lot of space to load into."
 
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B or smaller C segment with 60 kWh battery sounds like 300+ miles to me. :)
That's way too optimistic. BEV weight don't scale down with size very well. A C-segment SUV with 60kWh will weigh about 1500kg. Even with the most efficient powertrain it will likely draw 24kWh/100mi (same as the Prius Prime and Ioniq EV). That leaves you with 250mi EPA range which is still an overestimate.
 
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