It is only a little over a month away until the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where Lexus is reported to unveil the small crossover, UX. And yet, we still have not seen any spy shots of it until now. Back in 2016, it was previewed at the Paris Motor Show by a namesake concept, as a competitor of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
But whether or not we will see the model in Geneva in a few weeks or not, the UX will be the model to take the place of the CT 200h in the United States, and it will actually stand as the entry level model from Lexus.
The automaker has actually already taken measures to register the UX200, UX250, and UX 250h with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It doesn’t guarantee anything yet but it likely means that there is a good chance it will sooner or later land in U.S. shores. Sales of crossovers and SUVs in this country add up to about 60 percent of the company’s sales. Therefore, adding the small crossover to the lineup just makes more sense.
Unlike the concept that we saw before, the road going model will not look as outrageous or avant-garde. But of course, the concept still acts as a preview of the production model, so we are expecting to see similar design elements. Moving into the interior, this is where we will see most of the changes, though we don’t know yet exactly what to expect. We believe the production model will abandon the suicide doors of the concept and instead stick to a more traditional layout with B-pillars.
Since the UX will be the company’s entry level model, Lexus plans to target this model at the younger audience. The model will even get a piece of the GLA’s pie, another small premium crossover that will likely make the transition to a new generation sometime in 2019.
So far, Lexus has not shared any details when it comes to the UX’s pricing. Though it will definitely not go under $30,000 MSRP in the United States, we know that it will at least be priced that much. We are guessing it will have similar pricing as its competitors including the X1 that costs $33,900, the GLA with a price tag of $33,400, and the Q3 that starts from $32,900.
The Geneva Motor Show will take place at the Palexpo Arena in Switzerland, and will be open to the public from March 8-18. What other models can we expect to see at the Geneva Motor Show? Well, a lot! Expect to see models from Bentley, BMW, Citroen, Ferrari, Fiat, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and many more.