Lexus’s SUV lineup is getting its 5th participant in the form of the 2019 Lexus UX, a new subcompact crossover that will certainly slot in a little listed below the additionally subcompact NX in price and dimension. It may be little, yet it has outsize, angular designing that seems to be its key weapon in the battle versus the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class and the BMW X1, a fight that will start when the UX hits dealerships in December.
2019 Lexus UX Review
The UX nameplate was first seen in 2016, when it embellished a radical-looking little crossover idea. The looks have been reduced rather for manufacturing, but the UX still has an in-your-face front end controlled by the acquainted Lexus pin grille and a lot of sharp lines and folds along its body sides.
It gauges 177.0 inches long and has a 103.9-inch wheelbase– 0.8 inch and 5.3 inches tighter than the dimensions of the NX, which itself is substantially larger than the GLA, X1, and Audi Q3 despite being comparable in price to those German competitors.
Unlike the NX, which has actually underpinnings related to the Toyota RAV4’s, the UX flights on a version of the Toyota New Global Style (TNGA) system. It has the same wheelbase as the Toyota C-HR, and it makes use of the very same strut front and multilink back suspension configurations as that model (and various other Toyota items that use this design).
Engine and Specs
Powertrains consist of a 168-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, which in the UX200 is coupled with a continuously variable transmission (CVT)– not the most exciting mix when stacked up against the 200-hp-plus 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinders located in the competition.
At the very least Lexus asserts its new Direct Change CVT improves power shipment, and this brand-new engine ought to produce great EPA fuel-economy numbers.
Remarkably, all-wheel drive will be provided just on the UX250h crossbreed version. The gas-electric setup utilizes a brand-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder integrated with two electric motors, one powering the front axle and one driving the back; complete outcome is 176 horsepower.
A brand-new innovation called Predictive Efficient Drive is stated to evaluate factors consisting of driving habits and web traffic problems to maximize the degree of charge in the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack and that of the regenerative braking system.
An F Sporting activity variation will certainly be offered for both the four-cylinder UX200 and the hybrid UX250h; it includes not just the anticipated visual tweaks to the grille and bumpers but also revised springs and anti-sway bars, 18-inch wheels, and optional flexible dampers with firmness that can be changed via the driving modes.
We wonder to see the UX’s interior packaging provided its petite impact (Lexus has yet to release rear-seat area or cargo-space figures). The dashboard shows up to have an easy, flat drivened design with a row of physical buttons listed below a big display screen that’s most likely regulated by the most recent version of Lexus’s Remote Touch control user interface.
Lexus will certainly provide quilted natural leather upholstery as a choice, in addition to a brand-new trim pattern motivated by a type of Japanese paper called washi. F Sporting activity designs have their very own particular pole position, guiding wheel, and tool collection.
Thinking about that the NX starts at almost $37,000 for a front-wheel-drive NX300 and $39,000 for an all-wheel-drive NX300h crossbreed, we expect the UX200 to come in around $5000 less costly, with the crossbreed regulating a small premium and well-appointed versions crossing the $40K mark.