An official teaser sketch of the upcoming Lexus compact car has been released. It confirms reports that the Japanese premium car maker is going after segment leaders like the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. Look out for it at Frankfurt.

Reports have been suggesting that Lexus is preparing to take the next fight to the compact German hatches and coupes. The reports came as an increasing number of automakers downsize in most respects, including engine and body size. Here appears the official sketch of what a compact Lexus will look like.

The concept car will be shown to the public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). It promises to showcase the brand's innovation in design and its technological advances. Lexus is quite confident that the vehicle will raise the bar in the premium compact segment which is currently dominated by cars like the Audi A3, the BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes-Benz A/ B-Class.

Powertrains to be used in the final production models are still up in the air. But hints have been made as to engine direction after it emerged that Lexus had patented the names CT 200h, CT 300h and CT 400h in North America. Only the company's hybrid models are designated with the letter "h" on their badges. This action has led to speculation that the compact car will only employ hybrid technology for its entire range.


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