Lexus lifts its aero game

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Due in Aus­tralia late this year, the lat­est model from the up-mar­ket Ja­panese Lexus mar­que is the UX (the “U” for Ur­ban and “X” for Cross­over).

It joins the LX, GX, RX and NX in the Lexus line-up, but as the ti­tle sug­gests, is more sub­ur­ban cruiser than bush-basher in its intentions.

In what Lexus tells us is a world first, the spe­cially shaped whee­larch mould­ings use the air­flow over their edges to re­duce tur­bu­lence and lift, con­tribut­ing to the ve­hi­cle’s sta­bil­ity.

Sim­i­larly, aero-sta­bil­is­ing blade tail-lights be­gin at the top of the rear guards and run across the rear of the UX. These guide the air­flow around the rear and also re­duce tur­bu­lence and lift, con­tribut­ing to ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity when cor­ner­ing and driv­ing in cross­winds.

Again on the aero side of the de­sign, the five-spoke 17-inch al­loys wheels have Gur­ney flaps along the spoke edges that re­duce wind re­sis­tance and, at the same time, in­crease air­flow to cool the brake discs.

The 2019 Lexus UX will be of­fered as the front-wheel-drive UX 200 pow­ered by a new high-ef­fi­ciency 126kW 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der en­gine mated to a new-de­sign Di­rect Shift CVT au­to­matic .

The Lexus UX 250h uses an even higher-ef­fi­ciency ver­sion of the 2.0-litre petrol en­gine that’s paired with a fourth-gen­er­a­tion hy­brid drive sys­tem. This is likely to come to Aus­tralia with a choice of fron­twheel drive or E Four elec­tric all­wheel drive.

THe Lexus UX is the mar­que’s first ve­hi­cle built on its new Global Ar­chi­tec­ture — Com­pact (GA C) plat­form with its light­weight yet rigid struc­ture, low cen­tre of grav­ity and re­fined sus­pen­sion.

We are as­sured that “the ma­te­ri­als and work­man­ship are pure Lexus, com­bin­ing Ja­panese tra­di­tions in crafts­man­ship and hos­pi­tal­ity with in­no­va­tive pro­duc­tion tech­niques”.

Given our knowl­edge of Lexus mod­els over the past 30 years, that de­scrip­tion is ex­actly what we ex­pect when the all-new UX comes here at a date yet to be an­nounced.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The Lexus UX is aimed at the mod­ern ur­ban ex­plorer.

The spe­cially shaped whee­larch mould­ings con­tribute to ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity.

The UX is the lat­est model from the up-mar­ket Ja­panese Lexus mar­que.

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