Powertrain will also mirror the Toyota Yaris Cross, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder naturally aspirated Dynamic Force engine, which is also available as a hybrid. The former is paired to a Direct Shift CVT-type automatic while the latter uses an E-CVT.
While a cheaper entry level Lexus crossover might sound interesting, the Lexus BX will most likely be offered only in Japan and Europe, similar to the Toyota Corolla Cross.
The Lexus BX won’t be offered in Malaysia for the same reason why the Toyota Yaris Cross won’t be sold here. It’s just too small and too expensive for our market.
The Toyota Yaris Cross is small, really small. It’s smaller than even the Mazda CX-3. Combine it with a high cost TNGA platform and high import duties, the Lexus BX won’t make any sense for Lexus Malaysia.