Lexus planning new entry-level model to replace CT

It might not be sold in the United States, however.

In the United States, the UX crossover replaced the CT hatchback as the entry point into the Lexus line-up. The CT (pictured) is still sold alongside the UX in other parts of the globe, including Europe, and the Japanese automaker has confirmed it's planning to replace it with a new entry-level model.

Pascal Ruch, the company's European boss, told British magazine Autocar that a model positioned below the UX is being developed. There's no word yet on whether it will keep the CT name or inaugurate a different nameplate. We also don't know whether it will carry on as a hatchback, or if Lexus will turn it into a soft-roader.

Two points are certain: first, the firm's next entry-level model will share its TNGA platform with other recent additions to the Toyota and Lexus line-ups, including the C-HR, the aforementioned UX, the Camry, and the Corolla. Second, it will be available with some kind of electrification. Hybrid power is almost guaranteed, but Autocar speculated a fully electric powertrain could be in the pipeline, too.

The next entry-level Lexus is tentatively scheduled to make its debut in 2021. It's too early to tell whether it will be sold in the United States, where Lexus hasn't manifested a desire to go smaller and cheaper than the UX.

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