The ever growing compact luxury crossover segment has something new for us again, as Lexus revealed the production ready UX at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Physically, it may not be as flamboyant as its namesake from 2016, but it will definitely still stand out in a crowd of compact crossovers.
Lexus UX has a huge corporate spindle grille that will truly catch one’s attention on the road. It also features full width taillights that make it look unique. In fact, this has been fitted by at least 120 individual LEDs. It sits on a set of either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels that were specially made for the crossover. This has also been tweaked in the wind tunnel to improve airflow.
The UX isn’t just about its good looks. Instead, it rides on the company’s newest GA-C platform, which makes handling much easier. As for the car’s dimensions, it is 177 inches (about 4.5 metres) long, with a 103.9 inch (2.63 metre) wheelbase. The company also boasts a segment-leading turning circle of 34 feet (10.3 meters).
As you move into the interior, you’ll notice the departure from its avant garde exterior. Nevertheless, the new design looks pretty cool as it took inspiration from the Japanese tradition. In the optional leather upholstery, there are hints of sashiko, a customary Japanese quilting technique used for the judo and kendo martial arts uniform.
The cabin has a good mix of the past and the future, with its high tech air vents illuminated by LEDs.
Under the hood of the UX 200, you will find a 2.0 liter four cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 168 horsepower that partially benefits from a thermal efficiency of around 40 percent. This engine works with a direct shift continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is also new to Lexus.
The higher UX 250h model offers little more output at 176 horsepower together with a hybrid powertrain, and an all wheel drive system, as a result of implementing a rear mounted electric motor.
What’s cool about this is that when the computers detect a loss of grip at the rear axle, 80% of the total power will be distributed to the rear wheels when it is going over 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour). Moreover, there is the F Sport model that adopts a more aggressive design as well as some added features in the cabin.
Lexus will begin production of the UX this fall, just after making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It is then scheduled to go on sale by December this year.