Lexus has taken the covers of its most current crossover SUV, the 2019 Lexus UX, a subcompact entry positioned below the NX in the high-end division’s line. The UX is making its world launching at the Geneva Motor Show, some 18 months after its look as an idea at the Paris beauty salon.
Based on the exact same platform as the Toyota C-HR, the 2019 Lexus UX has an edgy style that includes the division’s popular spindle grille theme. Lexus states the foundations offer the vehicle “exceptional body rigidity and a low center of gravity for remarkable handling.”
Inside, the cabin has a cockpit style focused on the motorist, leaving the passenger space wide and open. Lexus calls it a “seat-in-control” principle puts all crucial vehicle functions within easy reach of the driver. Utilizing standard Japanese crafts as an inspiration for the interior design, the UX will be offered with an optional quilted leather interior and new trim finishes, one that simulates the grain of Japanese paper.
The 2019 Lexus UX will be used in two models, the UX 200, powered by a brand-new 168-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT and the UX 250h, which is rated at 176-horsepower total output from a hybrid powertrain that includes the very same 2.0-liter engine. The UX 250h also takes advantage of a second electric motor on the rear axle giving it all-wheel drive capability.
The 2019 Lexus UX will likewise be used with the department’s F Sport alternative package that features a performance-oriented suspension with particular spring, stabilizer bar and shock tuning to hone the vehicle’s handling. The F Sport alternative can be combined with an Adaptive Variable Suspension system, which also helps minimize body roll.
The F Sport plan includes a mesh texture to the spindle grille, large fog light bezels with L-shaped chrome molding, an unique rear bumper treatment, 18-inch alloy wheels and black trim. Inside, the F Sport will have sport seats, a distinct wheel, 8-inch TFT color screen for the chauffeur and aluminum sport pedals and foot rest.
U.S. consumers will get their first in-person take a look at the vehicle throughout the New York Auto Show in April. The 2019 Lexus UX 200 and 250h start production this fall for December accessibility with rates revealed closer to the on-sale date.