Smaller than the Lexus NX but more aggressively styled

Lexus is turning its attention to crossovers and SUVs from sedans and coupes. Rumors are swirling the automaker will debut a production version of the UX concept as early as this March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The UX will slot under the NX crossover to be Lexus’s entry-level model.

The UX crossover will join Lexus’ recently debuted three-row variant of the RX crossover and the new two-row (less expensive) version of the Lexus LX 570 SUV. Another crossover is also in the works based on the LF-1 Limitless Concept. That model would become Lexus’ flagship SUV, even ousting the $90,000 LX 570.

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Rumor: Production-Ready Lexus UX Could Debut in March 2018 High Resolution Exterior
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The production version of the UX Concept will likely retain the overly aggressive appearance

The production version of the UX Concept will likely retain the overly aggressive appearance. Small changes will take the edge off but expect a very radical design. Lexus has given this treatment to all its vehicles with mixed reactions but respectable sales.

Expect to see a full suite of active safety systems within the UX crossover, too, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, an available 360-degree camera system, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. We’re also hoping for a reimagined infotainment Enform system that foregoes the troublesome joystick controller for something more tactile such as a simple touchscreen. If the interior of the UX Concept is to be believed, it seems Lexus is already on its way to accomplishing that.

Drivetrain choices will likely include a standard gasoline model and a gasoline-hybrid system. Toyota/Lexus has built a big reputation on hybrid drivetrains, so we’re not expecting anything less for this compact, entry-level, luxury crossover.

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Rumor: Production-Ready Lexus UX Could Debut in March 2018 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Lexus UX Concept.

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