Lexus UX is brand’s first ever compact crossover

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 by

Toyota’s luxury arm is entering the compact crossover segment for the first time to compete with BMW X1s, Audi Q3s, and Merc GLAs — say hello to the new

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Ever since discovered that all the money is in crossovers, the Japanese luxury brand has been on a roll releasing a bunch of them, including the LF1-Limitless concept that’s supposed to preview an upcoming flagship SUV to head the line-up.

Meanwhile on the other end of the spectrum, the new Lexus UX has just been revealed at the , and that’s meant to kick off the range as the latest entry-level Lexus crossover.

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The UX is also the brand’s first foray into the compact crossover sector, and as such it will go up against some tough competition like the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. That means you shouldn’t expect a bunch of V6s and V8s in there, sorry.

Instead, the little Lexus will launch with the UX 200 featuring a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, and built upon the company’s GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) vehicle architecture which also makes its premiere in the UX.

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The base model serves up 168 horsepower, however there will also be a UX 250h featuring the same 2.0-litre engine and teamed up with batteries and electric motor. This model is rated at 176 horsepower, driving all four wheels, and featuring plenty of tech such as a bunch of collision avoidance systems, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

Finally, the line-up will be rounded off by the UX F Sport edition, which comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, an F Sport steering wheel and aluminium interior details (pedals and footrest) plus some dimpled leather on the steering wheel and shift knob.

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Lexus should start selling the new UX compact crossover by the end of the year, and we expect the car to come to the Middle East sometime at the beginning of 2019.

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