2019 Lexus UX
Lexus has finally introduced its first compact crossover, and it is the first Lexus model to feature the brand’s new GA-C platform. In the looks department, it looks like a slightly blown up but more proportional LC500 with a family-oriented look too it. Meanwhile, the interior is very German-like in design, to a point, and yet ergonomic and stylish at the same time. Instead of shifting around engines from other models to piece together it’s new crossover, Lexus put together an all-new four-banger for the entry-level UX 200 model while a different but new gas engine and a fourth-gen hybrid system found their way into the UX 250h.
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The Lexus UX is Here to Raise Hell with the Mercedes GLA-Class, Audi Q3, and BMW X2
Given its concept antic in recent years, it was easy to assume that Lexus would use the Geneva Motor Show to showcase a concept version of its UX crossover. Well, screw that, because the Japanese automaker isn’t messing around. The millennial-leaning crossover made its debut in Geneva in full production form. The spindle grille is still there, but most parts of the subcompact crossover were designed to thrill. The UX looks the part of a crossover that’s geared towards the young market, exactly as Lexus cooked it up.
Lexus Previews UX Crossover Ahead of Geneva
Lexus has finally given an unobstructed view of its upcoming 2019 UX crossover ahead of its official debut on March 6 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor show. A single photo and a short teaser video are all Lexus gave out, yet we’ve now got a solid idea of the UX’s aesthetics.
The compact crossover will be Lexus’ smallest and least expensive model, undercutting the already small NX crossover. The UX, which stands for Urban Crossover, shares its architecture with the Toyota C-HR and its design language with the NX and popular RX crossovers. Oddly enough, Lexus calls the UX the “first urban crossover,” which is about as baseless as a statement about crossovers can get. Still, the automaker promises the platform is “exceptionally rigid with a low center of gravity for exceptional handling.”
The interior is barely seen in the teaser video, but we can see several important details. The UX borrows from the Lexus LC500’s interior with the trapezoidal binnacle with drive mode knobs protruding from the sides. Digital gauges fill the cluster. The Enform infotainment system takes on a wide, landscape design similar to the RX. Push-button starting and toggle switches for the HVAC controls are present, too. Missing is the flashy satin chrome that Lexus loves using in its interiors. The UX has a more muted tone with what looks like a leather-wrapped portion of the dash.
Engine specs are still out, but we know the UX will be offered as a 250h, meaning a hybrid powertrain is happening. We’re guessing the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder borrowed from the NX will be standard. In the NX, the engine makes 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque while backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. We’d bet Lexus will add more gears, if not a Continuously Variable Transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, and AWD will likely be an option.
As we reasoned in our 2019 Lexus UX speculative review, the 250h will probably come with Lexus’ 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a hybrid system and CVT.
Thankfully, speculation will come to an end on March 6 at 10 a.m. local time at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. We’ll update our review with all the nitty-gritty details then, so stick around to TopSpeed.com.
Lexus Will Debut the all-new Lexus UX at the Geneva Auto Show
Lexus is all set to introduce the UX crossover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The arrival of the small crossover bolsters what is already an impressive lineup of Lexus crossovers and SUVs. The UX is being seen as the company’s answer to models like the BMW X2, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and the Jaguar F-Pace. There’s no timetable for the crossover’s launch, but details should be made available as soon as the UX introduces itself to the world in Geneva.
Rumor: Production-Ready Lexus UX Could Debut in March 2018
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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Lexus Execs Aim to Bring Lexus UX Concept to Market
Like most automakers, Lexus is making money hand-over-fist in the U.S. with its crossover and SUV offerings. Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken even admitted that the crossovers and SUVs account for 60 percent of the company’s sales volume in the US. It’s no surprise then that when the discussion turned to a possible replacement for the departing CT200h, the Japanese automaker already has one model in mind: a production version of the UX subcompact crossover concept.
Lexus UX Concept Showcases Vision for an "Inside-Out" Future
Lexus joined this year’s Paris Motor Show with no fewer than four vehicles, but none is as intriguing as the UX Concept. Essentially a preview for the company’s upcoming compact crossover, which will slot under the NX and compete against the newly-launched Audi Q2, the UX Concept also showcases some of Lexus’ future styling language. The Japanese brand calls it "inside-out" and describes it as a "synergy between exterior and interior styling" represented by an "X-shaped movement in the architecture from the cabin outwards and vice-versa."
Sounds pretty confusing huh? Well, in order to make it simple, let’s skip the PR talk and have a closer look at the UX’s design.
The first thing that catches the eye is massive "Spindle" grille up front. Granted, this isn’t a new feature, but if you look closely you’ll notice that its quite different from the element seen on production cars. First, the mesh is new and features a spectacular 3D-like layout that makes the grille look like it’s wearing hedgehog spines. Second, the upper arms extend well into the hood, giving the engine more room to breathe on top of making the front fascia seen downright menacing.
Another feature we have yet to see on production Lexus cars are the way the front fenders flow seamlessly into the cabin to form housings for the screens that display images from door-mounted cameras. The wheel arches are also incredibly muscular, while the the rear fenders are shaped like an armored truck. Granted, we probably won’t see a production UX with such aggressive lines, but some of these features could make it into dealerships in a less exaggerated form. The rear is also pretty wild with its high-mounted red LED strips and big, rectangular exhaust pipes.
Inside, the UX Concept looks like a spaceship. The cabin is made of organic design features that look as if they could catch life in any given moment. The spaceship-like atmosphere is also fed by the blue displays in the dashboard and center console. I can’t decide whether it’s cool or scary, but this interior definitely won’t be approved for production anytime soon.
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2016 Lexus UX Concept
The Paris Auto Show is right around the corner, so new car and concept announcements are flying off our printers at record speed. Lexus already gave us a teaser shot of the UX Concept that is set to be the highlight of its stand in Paris, but the luxury brand has finally dropped more details about it and given us a good look at the interior. In Lexus’ original release, it said that the concept showcases "imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques." The first part of that statement is right, but after looking at the inside, there’s nothing traditional about that craftsmanship. In fact, it’s the most futuristic concept that we’ve seen in quite a while.
When I say futuristic, I’m not just talking about technology. There is a lot of that, and this model does have a few holograms inside, but the overall design of the cabin itself is out of this world. It looks like a combination of a personal space shuttle and a futuristic race car all tied together.
Stephan Rasmussen, a designer at the ED2 European Design Center, said, “Our brief was to create a new genre of compact crossover; a vehicle that could create something unique from a customer’s point of view—an innovative, three-dimensional, fully immersive user experience.”
Well give him credit, as this concept is about as unique as you can get, and it’s definitely three-dimensional. Does it preview a compact SUV of the future as Lexus says it does? Maybe in the distant future, but let’s dive on in and take a better look.
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Lexus Announces UX Concept For 2016 Paris Motor Show
The 2016 Paris Motor Show is just around the corner and automakers are busy announcing their latest production and concept cars for Europe’s second-biggest auto show of the year. The latest to unveil its plans for Paris is Lexus, which will be attending the event with the UX Concept, the refreshed IS, the new NX Sport Edition, and its brand-new flagship coupe, the LC. Arguably the most exciting vehicle from this list is the UX Concept, which will make its global debut and will most likely introduce us to some of the company’s upcoming technologies.
The UX will also give us a preview of Lexus’ upcoming compact crossover that will slot under the NX. How do we know that? Well, Toyota recently trademarked the UX200, UX250, and UX250h names with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, all three being denominations for trim levels available with other products. The trademarks suggest a three-drivetrain lineup consisting of two gasoline, four-cylinder engines and a hybrid model. The UX will compete against the newly-launched Audi Q2.
Lexus didn’t have much to say about the concept car in its preliminary press release, but the sole photo of the crossover available as of this writing provides a few hints about what we’re going to see in Paris. The UX seems to borrow much of its stance from the NX, but every single body feature is exaggerated, especially the beefed up wheel arches, the massive wheels and rear bumper, and the thin taillights that have some sort of fins toward the edges. There’s no front view of the car, but based on previous Lexus concepts, the UX likely sports a massive Spindle grille and a pair of thin headlamps atop a big, aggressive bumper.
Speaking about its design, Lexus said that the UX Concept takes the company’s "bold design language to the next level" and that "its strongly differentiated identity is meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment." If you’re heard this before, it’s because it is the standard PR talk that comes with compact crossovers lately, especially if they are of the premium variety. But I don’t blame Lexus for this cliche, as such small SUVs are indeed more suitable for young drivers that want loads of state-of-the-art technology in a small package.
The Japanese brand also mentions that the concept showcases "imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques." I guess we’ll find out what that means when the Paris Motor Show kicks off on September 29.
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