By Steve & Tamami Laser
Lexus has introduced the all-new UX compact crossover at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The luxury automaker says the model is a new gateway for Lexus vehicles, filled with the qualities that define the brand including brave design, exhilarating performance and imaginative technology.
The 2019 UX rides on a new Lexus global platform called GA-C. It will be offered initially as the UX 250h gas-electric hybrid and the gas-only UX 200. Both models share a sleek design that brings to mind the larger Lexus NX and RX at the front.
The UX 250h features a fourth-generation hybrid electric system with a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). Drivetrain choices include front-wheel drive and Lexus’ E-Four all-wheel drive that employs a second electric motor to power the rear wheels.
Pascal Ruch, the new head of Lexus Europe, and Chika Kako, UX Chief Engineer, introduce the new Lexus UX at the Geneva Motor Show during the Lexus press conference at Palexpo. (video: Lexus)
“Design is still the main purchase reason for every car,” says Kako (above). “It is the design that promises to the customer what the car can deliver. With the UX the design team have created a style which delivers the strong safe feeling that sets crossovers apart from hatchbacks, but combined it with a very dynamic dimension.”
At the rear, the outboard light clusters are connected by a continuous, single line of light across the liftgate formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs. Selecting the F Sport option nets high-tech goodies including Adaptive Variable Suspension, a system that made its debut on the Lexus LC coupe.
The interior of the new UX presents a cockpit-style design focused on the driver. The F Sport model (above) features exclusive seats, an 8-inch TFT color display, and an instrument panel with a moving outer ring.
The UX offers a new trim finish inspired by the grain of Japanese paper, known as washi, familiar in traditional Japanese homes. Lexus says it’s created using a slush-molding process and a carefully chosen surface finish to evoke a calm and warm feeling.
News source, photos and video courtesy Lexus Europe and Lexus International
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