Lexus recently revealed the brand’s latest creation marked for production, the first-ever Lexus compact luxury crossover: the Lexus UX and UX F SPORT. This “concept car” is actually something that we are going to see pretty soon with an expected release date being this Fall/Winter 2018.
In case you missed the reveal of the all-new Lexus in Geneva, we have the details for you here.
The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving, ” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and cheif engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to buyers in their 30s who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.”
The 2019 Lexus UX will be available in two versions: the UX 200 and UX 250h. The UX 200 features a new 2.0-liter, a four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (CVT) with 168-horsepower. The UX 250h will come with the same 2.0-liter gas engine but with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system and a reported 176 total system horsepower. The new hybrid drive system is said to utilize new technology that networks with navigation allowing the new UX hybrid to optimize the hybrid operation by actually learning, and adapting to the driver’s driving habits and routes.
The new Lexus UX will be 177-inches long with a 103.9-inch wheelbase and a best-in-segment 34-foot turning circle allowing for easy maneuverability, convenient “compact-only” parking and smooth ride. The Lexus UX will also feature full-width taillights formed by 120 LEDs, front and rear fender flares and a new block-shape mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change in shape as they radiate out from the front grille’s Lexus emblem.
The new 17- and 18 -inch aluminum wheel designs were created specifically for the Lexus UX and the five-spoke 17-inch wheels feature a world-first aerodynamic design according to the Lexus Press Release. These wheels are a product of intense testing via computer simulations and wind tunnels and are said to increase the airflow to cool the disc brakes via the unique wheel profile, without compromising the vehicle’s coefficient of drag.
Created with a “less is more” design approach, the new UX interior creates a relaxing atmosphere for passengers while placing emphasis on accessibility with all key vehicle operation functions centered around the driver’s seat. Lexus has also integrated several functional buttons including audio switches now integrated into a palm rest on the center console. The new UX design is bold and definitely leaves an impression. Check out our favorite design elements on the all-new UX below.
Other Notable Features
The new UX debuts loads of new technology and detailed design elements, but for time’s sake, we compiled a list of the other notable features that you will find on 2019 Lexus UX.
- Lexus Co DRIVE – featuring Lane Tracing Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control
- Pre-Collision System that can recognize pedestrians at night and detect cyclists during the day
- Lexus Safety System+ that includes Road Sign Assist
- Predictive Efficient Drive in the UX 250h – uses accumulated knowledge about driving behavior to predict when and where the vehicle is likely to slow down or stop. The more the UX 250h is driven, the more data is gathered to help optimize fuel consumption.
- Exclusive F SPORT seats made with a highly supportive integrated foaming technique (that also looks very cool).
- Apple Car Play!
- Illuminated Air Vents that are wirelessly powered (awesome)
To read the entire Press Release and sign up for more information as Lexus releases it on this new subcompact crossover SUV, visit Lexus.com here.