Lexus debuted an all-new SUV set to arrive at a dealership near you around November 2018. The smallest SUV made by Lexus is set to cannonball itself into the exploding entry-level SUV market and compete with the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
What do we need to know about the UX? Let’s check it out!
The Lexus UX debuts a brand new platform called the Global Architecture-C (GA-C). However, it is something that most folks are familiar with. A very similar platform from our parent company – Toyota named TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) underpins the Prius, CH-R and the upcoming Corolla.
The Lexus version is slightly improved as it is more rigid and offers a lower center of gravity that aids drivability thanks to its weight-saving measures in the body construction.
At the front, Lexus’ trademark arrowhead-shaped daytime running lights are placed above the headlights while the spindle grille has a new block-shaped pattern (other cars from Lexus are offered with slats) with a three-dimensional look for the regular model and a mesh pattern for the F-Sport model. Both 17 & 18 inch tires will be available depending on which model you seek.
At the rear, it retained the connected tail lamp setup shown on the concept. Lexus says that this arrangement is made up of 120 LEDs. Should folks expect this design in future Lexus SUVs, including its flagship coupe-crossover concept, the LF-1?
The UX’s interior has a typical Lexus feel to it. The UX continues to offer ‘seat-in-control’ approach that Lexus has been following with its latest offerings. Very noticeable if you have sat in the Lexus NX or the F-Sport RX. It imparts a cockpit feeling while in the driver’s seat and has every function within your reach.
The instrument cluster is inspired from Lexus’ all-new redesigned flagship sedan, the LS, and so does the analogue clock, which is placed alongside the infotainment system. As is the case with Lexus’ F-Sport models, the UX F-Sport offers a sportier cabin with exclusive upholstery options.
It is powered by a new 2.0-litre engine with high thermal efficiency from Toyota’s latest Dynamic Force Engine family. It also features Toyota’s latest Direct-shift CVT transmission that uses regular gears in conjunction with the pulley-based system of a CVT to reduce the rubber band effect associated with CVTs. The new Direct-shift CVT transmission will be available with the regular version of the SUV, the UX 200.
Stay tuned as more information is released!