The Lexus UX crossover has finally been full revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show after the Japanese brand earlier showed off the vehicle's face.
Taking on the likes of the upcoming BMW X2 and recent 2018 European Car of the Year winner, the Volvo XC40, the Lexus UX is facing a tough task. Set to launch locally early in 2019, Lexus South Africa describes the UX as "the most important new model for Lexus sales since the NX line arrived in 2015".
Based on a new platform, Lexus promises that its UX boasts a low centre of gravity and a torsionally rigid structure. Key measurements include a length of 4 495 mm, height of 1 520 mm, width of 1 840 mm and wheelbase of 2 640 mm.
Two variants will be offered, starting with the base UX 200. This model employs a new 125 kW 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine coupled with a CVT. The UX 250h, meanwhile, uses the same petrol engine, but as part of a new hybrid system with a total output of 131 kW. Lexus says this updated hybrid system works with the vehicle's navigation system to allow the UX 250h to optimise hybrid operation, adapting to the driver’s regularly traveled routes and driving habits.
The UX 250h will also be available with an all-wheel-drive system that incorporates an additional electric motor on the rear axle.
And exterior styling? Well, the UX’s spindle grille incorporates a new block-shape mesh, while the daytime running lights have been arranged in an arrowhead shape above the headlamps. At the rear, you'll find flared fenders and a full-width taillight piece formed by a collection of 120 LEDs.
Inside, we expect to find typical Lexus-like levels of quality and luxury, with two interior trim levels to choose from (and four different colours).
The UX will be made available in F Sport guise, too. This adds some suspension tuning, including specific springs and stabiliser bars, plus rear performance-biased dampers. The F Sport option can also be combined with a UX-tailored version of the Lexus Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system that first debuted on the Lexus LC coupé.
Expect a full suite of safety systems, from radar-based pre-collision functions to lane assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam assist and road sign assist.