Lexus’ SUV lineup is picking up its fifth part as the 2019 UX, another subcompact hybrid that will opening in somewhat underneath the likewise subcompact NX in cost and size. It might be little, however it has outsize, rakish styling that is by all accounts its key weapon in the battle against the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class and the BMW X1, a fight that will start when the UX hits dealerships in December.
The UX nameplate was first observed in 2016, when it embellished a radical-looking small hybrid idea. The looks have been conditioned down to some degree for creation, yet the UX still has an in-your-confront front end commanded by the well-known Lexus axle grille and a lot of sharp lines and wrinkles along its body sides. It quantifies 177.0 inches in length and has a 103.9-inch wheelbase—0.8 inch and 5.3 inches more tightly than the estimations of the NX, which itself is impressively bigger than the GLA, X1, and Audi Q3 regardless of being comparative in cost to those German contenders.
Not at all like the NX, which has underpinnings identified with the Toyota RAV4’s, the UX rides on a rendition of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) stage. It has an indistinguishable wheelbase from the Toyota C-HR, and it utilizes a similar swagger front and multilink raise suspension setups as that model (and various other Toyota items that utilize this design).
Powertrains incorporate a 168-hp 2.0-liter inline-four, which in the UX200 is matched with a persistently factor programmed transmission (CVT)— not the most energizing mix when stacked up against the 200-hp-in addition to 2.0-liter turbo four-chambers found in the opposition. In any event Lexus claims its new Direct Shift CVT enhances control conveyance, and this new motor should make for good EPA mileage numbers.
Strangely, all-wheel drive will be offered just on the UX250h cross breed demonstrate. The gas-electric setup utilizes another 2.0-liter four-chamber joined with two electric engines, one controlling the front pivot and one driving the back; add up to yield is 176 strength. Another innovation called Predictive Efficient Drive is said to break down variables including driving propensities and activity conditions to improve the level of charge in the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack and that of the regenerative slowing mechanism.
A F Sport form will be accessible for both the four-chamber UX200 and the half and half UX250h; it incorporates not just the normal visual changes to the grille and guards yet in addition amended springs and against move bars, 18-inch wheels, and discretionary versatile dampers with immovability that can be balanced by means of the driving modes.
We’re interested to see the UX’s inside bundling given its humble impression (Lexus still can’t seem to discharge raise situate room or payload space figures). The dashboard seems to have a straightforward, evenly situated outline with a column of physical catches beneath an expansive show screen that is probably controlled by the most recent adaptation of Lexus’ Remote Touch control interface. Lexus will offer stitched calfskin upholstery as a choice, and additionally another trim example enlivened by a sort of Japanese paper called washi. F Sport models have their own particular front seats, controlling wheel, and instrument group.
Considering that the NX begins at about $37,000 for a front-wheel-drive NX300 and $39,000 for an all-wheel-drive NX300h mixture, we anticipate that the UX200 will come in around $5000 less expensive, with the half and half telling a slight premium and all around prepared variants crossing the $40K check.