The 2019 Lexus UX is brand’s new crossover targeting the subcompact luxury crossover SUV class. The model broke cover at the Geneva Auto Show while the UX Concept announced the arrival earlier.
The new crossover which should get the attention from younger buyers comes in two flavors. The UX 200 has four-cylinder engine while the UX 250h has hybrid powertrain and also includes useful energy-saving system. The UX also comes on the new platform and boasts dramatic styling. The interior also looks modern and comes loaded with the latest tech and safety equipment. There is also sportier looks and suspension when F Sport package is applied.
2019 Lexus UX: Design
The 2019 Lexus UX is brand’s first subcompact-sized crossover and first to sit on the new platform. The platform design is shared with Toyota Prius and CH-R and bring multiple benefits for the model. Lexus emphasizes the low center of gravity, the lowest in the class, which should translate to agile handling.
The model also has proportions which will provide easy parking and maneuverability in the city ride. From the bumper to bumper, the UX measures 177 inches and rides on the 103.9-inch wheelbase.
The stilling is, on the other hand, dramatic as it can be. The spindle grille is again there to get attention and now comes with the new mesh pattern. There are also sharp and angled headlights with L-shaped accents and some pretty much-exaggerated body sculpting. The hood has two creases but the profile has chunky fenders and sharp up-rising character line. The rear is also rich in shapes and has full-width LED taillights.
The model rides on standard 17-inch wheels while 18-inch units are available. The F-Sport package adds unique wheels and bumpers plus sport-tuned suspension and unique interior elements.
In-cab design and Equipment:
Inside the cabin, the curvaceous dash gets attention. The model has a unique instrument cluster and wide center touchscreen. The dashboard flows to the hood and increases the forward visibility. The volume and tuning controls sit in front of the armrest.
The model comes with four interior colors and Lexus offers two-grain patterns. The buyers can also opt sports seats and keep in mind that rear seats don’t provide much comfort.
However, the UX shows the full commitment to modern safety techs and comes with a number of systems. The model includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, road-sight recognition, adaptive high beams, etc.
2019 Lexus UX: Power options
The base power unit under the hood of the 2019 Lexus UX is a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine combined with the continuously variable transmission. This “Dynamic Force” engine with improved thermal efficiency can produce 168 horsepower.
More interesting is the UX 250h with the hybrid setup. This version combines inline-4 engine with the metal-hydride battery and electric motor setup. A pair of electric motors mounted on the rear axle provides all-wheel traction. When the electronically controlled system detects poor rear-wheel traction, the system sends 80 percent power to the rear wheels at speed up to 43 mph and improves stability. The total output of the system is 176 horsepower.
The UX can also be equipped with F Sport package which adds specially tuned springs, performance dampers, stabilizer bars for an agile ride and better handling.
2019 Lexus UX: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Lexus UX will hit the market in December. The price will be known close to that date. Expect it to cost from low $30, 000.