2024 Lexus LBX features confirmed for Australia, here next year

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Australian features and model-range details for the Lexus LBX have been locked in before the luxury twin to the Toyota Yaris Cross arrives during the first half of 2024.

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The 2024 Lexus LBX – a city SUV twinned with the Toyota Yaris Cross – will be sold in two model grades when it arrives in Australia next year, tipped to become the luxury brand’s cheapest hybrid model on sale locally.

Lexus has announced the LBX will follow the naming convention of other vehicles in its Australian model range with two variants on offer – the base LBX Luxury and flagship LBX Sports Luxury.

The Lexus LBX is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motors, producing 110kW according to Lexus Australia – a 25kW gain compared to the most-powerful Toyota Yaris Cross available locally.

The petrol engine in both variants powers the front wheels through a continuously-variable automatic transmission, though the LBX Sports Luxury is also available as with all-wheel drive, using an electric motor to power the rear wheels.

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Standard equipment for the Lexus LBX Luxury includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, ‘NuLuxe’ synthetic leather-look upholstery, heated front seats (with driver memory function), a power tailgate, 360-degree camera and rain-sensing wipers.

The LBX Luxury’s exterior combines a two-tone paint finish with 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Sports Luxury adds Ultrasuede and leather-accented seats, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, active noise control and hands-free parking functionality.

A full suite of advanced safety technology is available, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic sign recognition. 

As previously reported, the LBX is expected to become the least-expensive hybrid Lexus on sale in Australia, priced less than $50,000 plus on-road costs.

The Lexus CT200h – a Toyota Corolla-based hybrid hatchback – was priced from $41,750 to $58,500 when it was discontinued in 2021, leading the UX250h to become the brand’s cheapest electrified model, now priced from $53,820.

Lexus says pricing for the LBX will be confirmed closer to the model’s Australian launch, due between January and June 2024.

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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