Lexus’s SUV schedule is getting its fifth member through the 2019 Lexus UX, a new subcompact crossover that will slot in somewhat listed below the also subcompact NX in price and dimension. It may be little, but it has huge, angular styling that appears to be its crucial tool in the battle versus the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class and the BMW X1, a battle that will certainly start when the UX strikes dealerships in December.
2019 Lexus UX Review
The UX nameplate wased initially seen in 2016, when it adorned a radical-looking little crossover concept. The appearances have been softened somewhat for production, yet the UX still has an in-your-face front end dominated by the familiar Lexus spindle grille and plenty of sharp lines and folds along its body sides.
It measures 177.0 inches long and has a 103.9-inch wheelbase– 0.8 inch and 5.3 inches tighter compared to the measurements of the NX, which itself is significantly larger than the GLA, X1, and Audi Q3 despite being similar in price to those German competitors.
Unlike the NX, which has bases related to the Toyota RAV4’s, the UX trips on a version of the Toyota New Global Design (TNGA) platform. It has the same wheelbase as the Toyota C-HR, and it utilizes the exact same strut front and multilink back suspension arrangements as that design (and numerous other Toyota items that utilize this architecture).
Engine and Specs
Powertrains include a 168-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, which in the UX200 is coupled with a constantly variable automatic transmission (CVT)– not the most amazing combination when stacked up against the 200-hp-plus 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinders found in the competition.
A minimum of Lexus asserts its new Direct Shift CVT boosts power shipment, and this brand-new engine needs to make for excellent EPA fuel-economy numbers.
Surprisingly, four-wheel drive will be supplied only on the UX250h crossbreed model. The gas-electric arrangement utilizes a brand-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder incorporated with 2 electric motors, one powering the front axle and one driving the rear; total result is 176 horsepower.
A new technology called Predictive Effective Drive is stated to assess aspects consisting of driving behaviors and traffic conditions to enhance the degree of charge in the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack and that of the regenerative braking system.
An F Sport variation will certainly be offered for both the four-cylinder UX200 and the crossbreed UX250h; it consists of not only the expected visual tweaks to the grille and bumpers but additionally changed springtimes and anti-sway bars, 18-inch wheels, and optional adaptive dampers with suppleness that can be adjusted by means of the driving modes.
We wonder to see the UX’s interior packaging offered its small footprint (Lexus has yet to release rear-seat area or cargo-space figures). The control panel shows up to have a basic, horizontally drivened design with a row of physical switches below a huge display screen that’s presumably regulated by the most current variation of Lexus’s Remote Touch control user interface.
Lexus will supply quilted natural leather furniture as an option, along with a new trim pattern inspired by a sort of Japanese paper called washi. F Sporting activity models have their very own particular pole position, steering wheel, and tool collection.
Thinking about that the NX begins at virtually $37,000 for a front-wheel-drive NX300 and $39,000 for an all-wheel-drive NX300h crossbreed, we anticipate the UX200 to find in around $5000 more affordable, with the hybrid commanding a mild costs and well-appointed versions going across the $40K mark.