The Lexus UX Will Take on the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in the U.S., Will be Offered on new Subscription Service
Time to rethink your next crossover purchaseby Kirby, on
Lexus’ baby crossover is hitting the New York Auto Show months before it goes on sale. That’s right, the Lexus UX is making its North American debut in New York, and it’s coming to dealerships at the end of the year. The production model will be offered with two different engine options, one of which will be a hybrid powertrain that should appeal to eco-warriors all over the U.S. The UX will also be the first Lexus model to be offered through the company’s yet-to-be-named subscription service.
Production of the UX will begin in the fall, a few months before the crossover officially goes on sale.
The Lexus UX made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and it didn’t take long for the Japanese automaker to announce its intentions for the crossover. Production of the UX will begin in the fall, a few months before the crossover officially goes on sale.
We already know a lot about the UX, including the fact that it will be built on the company’s new Global Architecture - Compact platform. Incidentally, it’s the same platform that Toyota is using on the Prius, C-HR, Auris, Corolla, and Avensis. The UX will also feature a pair of engine options, including a 2.0-lite,r inline-four in the UX 200 trim. The engine produces 168 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a CVT transmission that sends power to the two front wheels.
The other version, the UX 250h, will feature the same 2.0-liter, inline-four unit but has the added benefit of a pair of electric motors that power both axles of the crossover, creating an all-wheel-drive system. Altogether, the UX 250h can produce a total of 176 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid version of the UX also has history on its side as the first Lexus to feature the automaker’s new Predictive Efficient Drive system. According to Lexus, the new technology will be able to analyze driving habits and road and traffic conditions that are gathered from the navigation system to optimize charging and discharging of the hybrid battery. In simple English, this system will be able to judge the amount of electrical power the crossover needs depending on road conditions.
The engine produces 168 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a CVT transmission that sends power to the two front wheels.
On top of this new tech, the UX will also come standard with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration, as well as the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System.
The Lexus UX is shaping up to be a stiff competitor against the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. There should be more information available when the crossover takes the stand in New York, including details about how it can be purchased through Lexus’ new subscription service.
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