First revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus’ smallest crossover finally has a long list of specifications and details, but, of course, we’ll stick to the points that really matter. Those who are familiar with the Toyota C-HR should know that the UX rides on the same Global Architecture Compact (GA-C) platform, and despite its small size, Lexus said that they’ve worked to make the UX more car like while still offering up generous space.
The recognizable spindle grille is still the highlight of the facade, but is made unique by having its own block-shape pattern that changes as it gets farther from the center Lexus emblem, thereby creating a three-dimensional appearance. LED daytime running lights in L-shape brow the headlights which are a choice of projector HID or tri-beam LED. The rear gets a striking lighting signature in the form of 120 LEDs that taper toward the center. As with most Lexus vehicles, the UX has dramatic lines that extend away from the grille and create a flared stance, but still look aerodynamic. Completing the look are 18-inch wheels that are standard across the board.
Inside, high quality materials are found in abundance, and a wide array of color combinations and materials choices can be had. Standard are 8-way power adjustable seats, leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, signature analog clock, heated and ventilated seats, a digital instrument cluster, and the latest iteration of the Lexus Multimedia System. A 7-inch (upgradeable to 10.25-inch with navigation) display coupled with a premium sound system takes care of entertainment and functions, and will also come standard with Apple CarPlay. Android Auto has been omitted, for some reason. Voice control is standard, as is WiFi hotspot. Ambient lighting will also be applied in the UX, creating spots of visible light at key areas.
Lexus also adds a variety of driver technologies as standard equipment for the 2019 UX. This includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, lane centering assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The 2019 Lexus UX (urban crossover) slots right below the Lexus NX, and will offer two engine types, a 2.0L naturally aspirated gasoline engine, and a hybrid version of the same engine coupled with a battery and electric motor. The gasoline variant generates 168 hp and 205 Nm of torque, while the hybrid has an output of 176 hp and will come with all-wheel drive. All Lexus UX variants will come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to transfer power to the wheels.
There will also be an optional F Sport package for any of the two variants, offering up more kit. Revised suspension tuning and twin-spoke aluminum alloy wheels will help contribute to driving responsiveness, and an exclusive grille and jet black trim pieces with subtle F Sport badging round off the look. UX F Sport models also gain an LFA inspired gauge cluster, leather-trimmed F Sport steering wheel and gear selector, an 8.0-inch digital instrument display, and aluminum sport pedals.
We’re more than sure that the Lexus UX will make its local appearance very soon, and is scheduled for worldwide allocation at dealerships by December of 2018. Pricing in the United States puts the Lexus UX at a starting price of P1,788,000 in our currency, but we’re positive that our pricing may not be far off. In any case, stay tuned as we learn more about Lexus’ smallest and most affordable crossover yet.