2015 Lexus NX 300h, global launch, Whistler, BC, Canada, June 2014Enlarge Photo
Lexus has just launched a new compact crossover in the form of the 2015 NX
, but the automaker may end up launching an even smaller high-riding model to take on a new generation of subcompact crossovers such as the Buick Encore, MINI Cooper Countryman and upcoming Audi Q1
The information was revealed by Lexus’ European vice president Alain Uyttenhoven, who told Autocar
that the launch of a new subcompact crossover was not only possible but also made sense for the brand.
The Lexus exec explained that buyers in vital markets where the brand is trying to gain a foothold, such as China, Europe and Japan, are downsizing to smaller vehicles and that this was likely to see Lexus expand its lineup with smaller offerings. Uyttenhoven, however, stopped short of confirming a new subcompact crossover for production.
As for larger vehicles, Uyttenhoven said he sees fuel cell technology making a major impact. He explained that once fuel cells can be made for performance driving, you’ll start to see them in high-end cars such as the LS flagship sedan.