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2019 Lexus UX

2019 Lexus UX

Lexus’ entry-level crossover with aggressive styling

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

The Lexus UX is Here to Raise Hell with the Mercedes GLA-Class, Audi Q3, and BMW X2

Is it too soon to start saving up for one?

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.

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Lexus Previews UX Crossover Ahead of Geneva

Lexus Previews UX Crossover Ahead of Geneva

Familiar design is shrinkwrapped into urban crawler

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.

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Lexus Will Debut the all-new Lexus UX at the Geneva Auto Show

Lexus Will Debut the all-new Lexus UX at the Geneva Auto Show

New crossover will compete against the BMW X2 and the Mercedes GLA

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.

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The 2018 Lexus LS 500h Is Further Proof That The Hybrids Are Taking Over

The 2018 Lexus LS 500h Is Further Proof That The Hybrids Are Taking Over

It’s quick, luxurious, and it looks good – and oh yeah, it’s a hybrid, too

Attention all you lovers of the naturally aspirated, un-electrified internal combustion engine: your days in the sun are numbered. Yep, the hybrids are coming, and in a big, big way, too. What started as a means to extend the range provided by the liquefied dinosaur juice known as gasoline has now turned into a full-fledged assault across all segments. First it was with commuters, like the Prius. Then we got outrageous hypercars like the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder. Then it was SUVs and wagons, and now, Lexus has added hybridity to the premium sedan niche with the new LS 500h.

The big reveal just occurred at theGeneva International Motor Show, and was preceded by similar announcements from other makes also going hybrid. Porsche is one example of this, giving us the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, a top-shelf sports sedan laying down a whopping 680 horses thanks to its battery-boosted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. Check out our full review on the new range-topping Panamera by clicking here.

Now we get this, an electrified iteration of Lexus’ brand-new four-door flagship. We first got a look at the new LS in 500 guise earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, boasting 415 horses from a twin-turbo V-6. Meanwhile, the 500h gets all the good stuff as the more traditional LWB luxury sedan, but with addition of hybrid power under the hood.

Of course, anyone who’s familiar with the history of the LS nameplate shouldn’t be all that surprised. The model has traditionally been a bastion of new technology and innovation, but I feel like this model is indicative of a larger trend in the industry to, well, hybrid all the things. Continue reading to see what I’m on about.

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2017 Lexus RC F GT3

2017 Lexus RC F GT3

Lexus is about to unleash another RC F-based race car

Lexus debuted the RC F coupe, and it took no time at all for the brands racing division to come up with the RC F GT500, a car that’s been around since late 2014 and was actually quite successful last season. It dominated the Super GT series in Japan and earned Team SARD team and drivers’ championship titles in the GT500 category. Now, as the 2017 racing season kicks off, Lexus is at it again with another

RC F

based racecar, this time called the RC F GT 3.

Slated to competing in the U.S. GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship, and the GT300 class of the Super GT Series in Japan. It’s powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 (0.4-liters larger than that of the road-going RC F) and is said to deliver 500+ horsepower through a six-speed sequential racing transmission. If the success of the GT500 is any indication, Lexus likely has another winner on its hands, but we’ll see more of that in the coming months.

For now, we know that 3GT Racing team here in the U.S. will put the GT3 to the test at the WeatherTech Championship while the LM Corsa team will be fielding two examples of the car in the Super GT Series. But, will the new GT3 car have what it takes to be dominating like the GT500 was last year? Well, let’s take a closer look at it and see what it brings to the table.

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2018 Lexus LS 500h

2018 Lexus LS 500h

The LS 500 gets battery power for improved fuel economy

The Lexus LS became an instant halo car when it was released in 1990 and was the very basis of which the Lexus brand was able to grow. Fast forward to today and the LS entered its fifth generation for the 2018 model year with an all-new platform, new twin-turbo V-6 drivetrain, 10-speed automatic transmission, and a sweet but sexy look with the newest iteration of Lexus’ spindle grille. But, with the introduction of a new LS Sedan, comes the introduction of a hybrid version that’s called that LS 500h – a car that sheds a bit of its V-8 high-performance hybrid roots in the name of economy. Yeah, that’s right, no V-8 hybrid system here, but we’ll talk more about that later on.

As before, the hybrid LS is very similar to the gasoline model we saw make its debut in early 2017. Actually, it only has a few blue badges on the outside and added hybrid-related features on the inside. Of course, all these are small addition to the new hybrid drivetrain under the skin. The combo pairs together a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a couple of electric motors, and a new CVT gearbox. Output is below the regular gasoline model, but this is far from surprising. What’s important here is that the LS 500h gives you access to a gorgeous, luxurious limousine that gulps less fuel and emits less carbon-dioxide. Let’s see what it has to offer.

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2017 Lexus LC 500h

2017 Lexus LC 500h

The LC 500h is Lexus’ first hybrid coupe

It’s been a little more than two months since we entered a new calendar year and Toyota is arguably the busiest automaker out there. On one hand it decided to axe the Scion sub-brand, while on the other hand, it is working on an expansion program for the Lexus division, which received a brand-new member at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It is called the LC 500 — it’s drop dead gorgeous, and sports the RC-F’s naturally aspirated V-8 under the hood. We’ve already speculated about the possibility of getting an LC F and LC 500 Convertible in the coming years, and Lexus has just announced that the luxury coupe will go hybrid.

The first derivative of the LC 500 family will break cover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and, unsurprisingly, will be sold as the LC 500h. The new vehicle will expand Lexus’ hybrid lineup to seven nameplates, but more importantly, it will become the company’s first two-door with a blue badge on its nose.

The two-door hybrid, which is also based on the LF-LC concept., will debut alongside the LF-FC study, which made its first appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. The LC 500h will break cover on March 1st, so make sure you stick around for the full rundown and live photos from Geneva. Meanwhile, keep reading to find out what we already know about Lexus’ first hybrid coupe.

Updated 02/18/2016: Lexus dropped the official specifications and a series of new images for its latest LC 500h.

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2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept

2015 Lexus LF-SA Concept

With the recent additions of the NX crossover and sporty RC coupe, the only real need left in the Lexus lineup is for a premium subcompact. Thanks to the funky and diminutive Lexus LF-SA Concept, it looks like Lexus is finally getting ready to do something about that. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the LF-SA is a styling exercise imagined by the automaker’s European design team focus that was tasked with creating an “ultra-compact, sub-B-segment, urban 2+2.”

The interesting part of the LF-SA is that its styling combines elements of both a hatchback and a crossover, which means that Lexus could go in either direction with a production design going after either crossover-ish rivals like the Mercedes GLA-Class and Buick Encore or more of a hatchback variant like the BMW 1 Series. Either way, Lexus has a good record of turning concept vehicles into production vehicles lately, so there’s a good chance that another new Lexus product is on the way.

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2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

Just in time for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is coming to the party with a new racing concept that’s based on the all-new Lexus RC F performance coupe.

The race car is called the RC F GT3 Concept and as its name suggests, Lexus built and developed it to meet Group GT3 international racing standards. All the preparations leading up to this point will actually come in full bloom next year when the concept is turned into a full-fledged racing car that will become available to racing teams beginning in the 2015 season.

So in the meantime, the RC F GT3 Concept will proudly wave to attendees of the Geneva Motor Show before undergoing a series of tests later this year to ensure that the car is fit and ready to tackle some of the best GT3 races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

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2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

Lexus has announced today the addition of an F SPORT model to its upcoming RC 350 coupe. The automaker released the teaser image above in an effort to drum up excitement for the car’s official debut on March 4th at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car is expected to get the standard battery of F SPORT-type upgrades that primarily concentrate on improved handling and braking. The 3.5-liter V-6 will likely remain unchanged, still making 314 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A sportier appearance will also come with the package, including the F-style of Lexus’ spindle grille design and other interior upgrades.

The RC 350 F SPORT will slot above the standard RC 350 but below the awesome-looking RC F — the latter of which gets a meaty 5.0-liter V-8 kicking out 450 horsepower.

Also happening at the Geneva show is Lexus’ RC 350 F GT3 racing concept. The racer makes its appearance to mark Lexus’ intentions to enter the GT3 racing series.

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Lexus LF-NX Concept Headed to Production

Lexus LF-NX Concept Headed to Production

One of the hottest SUV concepts to appear this year — the Lexus LF-NX — will not remain just a concept much longer, according to reports. Cue all the rejoicing from fans of this absolutely wicked crossover!

The news comes by way of Auto Express, who spoke with Lexus’ European director Paul Van der Burgh about the future of the concept crossover. According to Van der Burgh, customer demand spurred the decision for the automaker to green light a production model of the LF-NX. Even better, the production version of the concept will receive many of the striking exterior details of the concept, a development that could turn the LF-NX into one of the sickest looking crossovers/SUVs this side of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.

No word yet on what kind of powertrain the production LF-NX is going to carry. The concept that appeared last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show carried a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine working with an electric motor while the turbo model that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show just last month featured a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with D-4S and VVT-i combustion technologies.

The production LF-NX is expected to go on sale sometime in the summer of 2014, making it one of the most eagerly anticipated new crossovers of the next year. Lexus will show the LF-NX’s production variant at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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2013 Lexus RX 450h

2013 Lexus RX 450h

The Lexus RX range entered the market back in 1998 and, in 2005, a hybrid version was offered for the first time. Now, the RX 450h has been redesigned for the 2013 model year with a new, more elegant and aggressive frontal design, as well as a new Sport mode, supplementing the full hybrid powertrain’s Normal, Eco, and EV (electric only) drive modes.

The new Lexus RX 450h has received a bold, elegant, and highly individual frontal treatment which was inspired by the latest generation GS sedan. Lexus has combined the trapezoid upper grille and slanted lower grille into just one element, while the lower grille now features horizontal bars and is finished in black. The rear lamp clusters have been redesigned with a stronger, more sweeping horizontal emphasis.

Under the hood, Lexus placed the usual 3.5-liter V-6 engine combined with two electric motors for a total of 295 HP. However, compared to the previous model, the RX 450h adds a new Sport mode that further improves the performance and dynamic ability of the RX 450h.

UPDATE 04/10/2012: Lexus has announced the US prices for the 2013 RX450h set to arrive in dealerships this month. The RX 450h FWD version will be priced from $45,910, while the AWD version will be priced $47,310, an increase of 1.5% and 1.0% respectively over the previous year.

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2013 Lexus RX 450h F-Sport

2013 Lexus RX 450h F-Sport

For the first time in Lexus history, Lexus is offering the full 2013 RX model range with another variant: an F-Sport package. Sitting beside the new RX F-Sport in the Lexus stand at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was the new RX 450h F-Sport, along with both of their standard models. As is typical of any vehicle carrying the stylish F-Sport package, the RX 450h F-Sport gets enhanced dynamics and sporting character to try and attract more buyers.

The new F-Sport package adds a new front bumper with a bigger lower section, an aerodynamic spoiler for improved high speed stability, and F-Sport upper and lower grilles to the hybrid SUV. It also comes standard with an exclusive set of 19" shaded alloy wheels and a front wing with F-Sport badging.

The interior gets black, smooth leather upholstery with white grey perforations and contrast stitching, steel silver painted trim inserts, and a black ceiling. For the performance upgrades, Lexus has added a lateral performance damper system, which is designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations. This system features a front performance damper connecting the left and right front suspension towers, and a rear damper connecting the left and right sides of the rear lower back panel.

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2013 Lexus RX F-Sport

2013 Lexus RX F-Sport

One of the two new vehicles Lexus brought to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the Lexus RX F-Sport, which joins the face-lifted 2013 Lexus RX in the Japanese automaker’s booth. The former appears to carry a lot of Lexus’ new design language and, in particular, the new spindle grille looks pretty aggressive and menacing. These features provide more evidence of an aggressive new look for the high-performance crossover that’s a far departure from the more subdued versions of the past. In addition to the spindle grille, the RX F-Sport also comes with a new front lip spoiler, new fog lamps, new LED daytime running lights, and plenty of F-Sport accessories to match everything else the crossover has.

The Lexus RX F-Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an output of 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, which is joined by a lateral performance damper system that has been designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations, thus contributing to a more comfortable ride.

UPDATE 03/07/2012: This review has been updated with official specs and photos for the Lexus RX F-Sport.

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2013 Lexus RX

2013 Lexus RX

Lexus’ big-boy crossover, the RX, made its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as a face-lifted 2013 model. This confirmed the long-standing rumor that the Japanese automaker would bring two new models to the show that would be launched in 2012.

Joining the RX in Lexus’ Geneva Motor Show booth was the all-new RX F Sport based on the RX 450h hybrid. Leading up to its Geneva debut, leaked images picked up from a Lexus brochure by Minkara clearly show the crossover in almost every conceivable angle. Looking at the photos, it appears that the face lifted RX carries more styling changes than we initially thought, bringing in the company’s new aggressive design, including a new front lip spoiler, the inclusion of a sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and special badging.

UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with official specs and photos from Lexus.

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2011 Lexus CT 200h

2011 Lexus CT 200h

After we saw the Lexus LF-Ch concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, a model that would compete head to head with other luxury compacts like the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 being offered exclusively as a hybrid.

The Lexus LF-Ch concept combined stylish design cues with full hybrid drive train in a practical 5 door compact package that would fulfill the needs of even the most demanding of premium compact customers with its bolder Lexus grill sitting atop a deep, bulging front bumper complete with a trio of intakes giving it a perfect balance of both precision and power. While the sharply sculpted, aerodynamic front fenders flow into the front bumper to create a wide set of arches and a deep set of brake cooling ducts that give the LF-Ch a powerful and purposeful stance.

The CT 200h’s full hybrid system combines a 134 HP 1.8 liter VVT-i petrol engine, a powerful electric motor, a generator, a high performance battery, a power control unit, and a power split device which employs a planetary gear set to combine and re-allocate power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to operational requirements.

The car will make its world debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show and will enter production at the end of 2010.

PRICING UPDATE 12/15/10:Lexus has finally released the US pricing for the 2011 CT 200h. The base price for the CT 200h will be $29,120 and, depending on what optional features you want, could go all the way up to $30,900. Optional packages are also available depending on what options you get. The Premium Audio Package has a price of $1,125; the same package with the addition of a backup camera will cost you $1,475. The leather interior package will cost $1,330, while the satellite navigation package will cost $2,445. Finally, Lexus is also offering a package consisting of a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Cruise Control for $1,215.

UPDATE 12/18/2010: Lexus continues its Pursuit of Perfection with a new video for the CT 200h. Check it out by clicking on the picture above!

Press release after the jump.

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Lexus at Geneva Motor Show

Lexus at Geneva Motor Show

This year in Geneva Lexus is celebrating the European premier of its new F-marque vehicles, the IS-F and LF-A. The Lexus F stylishly identifies vehicles that are specifically designed and engineered for ultra-high performance with exceptional sports driving dynamics. F-badged models will underline the company’s pursuit of perfection, and its aim to continuously push the limits of automobile engineering, by delivering vehicles with dynamically increased performance and exceptional driving (...)

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