The latest addition to Lexus’ lineup, the all-new Lexus LBX, has officially touched down in New Zealand, marking its debut across the country’s dealership network. Lexus has confirmed the arrival of the first demonstrators, offering customers a glimpse into what this new model has to offer.

Available in three distinct spec levels and offering both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, the LBX presents versatility to suit various preferences. Regardless of the spec level, each model is powered by the same 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol hybrid powertrain. Interested buyers can now explore demonstration models at Lexus dealerships nationwide.

The lineup commences with the Active grade, priced at $58,900 and exclusively available in front-wheel drive. Following are the Relax and Cool models, both priced similarly at $65,900 for front-wheel drive and $68,900 for all-wheel drive.

Andrew Davis, Vice President of Lexus New Zealand, emphasized a departure from conventional “grades” or “variants” with the LBX. Instead, the model introduces a novel concept of “moods,” aimed at catering to a younger, more adventurous demographic. With personas like Active, Cool, and Relax, Lexus seeks to resonate with individuals’ lifestyles and aesthetics.

Davis highlighted the LBX’s positive reception in global markets, where it earned recognition as a top three finalist in the World Car Awards’ Urban Car category. Praised for its captivating design, superior handling, and overall driving experience, the LBX has been lauded by motoring award judges.

The Active mood features 18-inch wheels, two-tone bodywork, front and rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, faux leather upholstery, and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Stepping up to Relax or Cool adds premium amenities such as a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, automatic parking, enhanced parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, and customizable ambient lighting.

Distinguishing between Relax and Cool primarily involves cosmetic elements, including wheel design and seat upholstery options. The Relax variant boasts dark metallic wheels and a choice between black or tan leather-accented seats, while the Cool variant offers sputtered wheels and Ultrasuede-appointed upholstery.

The introduction of the LBX follows a remarkable year for the Lexus brand in New Zealand, where it achieved record sales. With 90% of its vehicles being hybrid or fully electric, Lexus aims to continue its success with the LBX, anticipating another strong year ahead.