Lexus ex­pands cross­over range

Hamilton News - - DRIVEN.CO.NZ -

The Lexus fam­ily of SUV and cross­over mod­els will ex­pand to four model lines when the new UX reaches the New Zealand mar­ket early next year.

Lexus has con­firmed the ar­rival of the new UX ur­ban cross­over ve­hi­cle — join­ing the NX, RX and LX mod­els — which will be of­fered in 2.0-litre petrol and petrol­elec­tric hy­brid mod­els while of­fer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive safety pack­age and lux­ury spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

The UX is the brand’s first ve­hi­cle built on the new Global Ar­chi­tec­ture-com­pact plat­form which means it shares much of its tech­nol­ogy and plat­form with the Toy­ota C-HR which went on sale in New Za­land last year and the re­cently launched Toy­ota Corolla.

“The UX is likely to be the first Lexus for many cus­tomers, but also their first lux­ury ve­hi­cle,” said Paul Car­roll, se­nior gen­eral man­ager of Lexus New Zealand.

“It is de­signed for the mod­ern ur­ban life­style with a fresh, con­tem­po­rary and dy­namic take on lux­ury driv­ing.”

The UX boasts a num­ber of unique de­sign el­e­ments are in­spired by Ja­panese cul­ture and Takumi crafts­man­ship in­clud­ing a fresh ex­e­cu­tion of the Lexus spin­dle grille de­sign with a new mesh pat­tern that has in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments cre­at­ing a three­d­i­men­sional ap­pear­ance that ap­pears to change with the view­ing an­gle.

Ar­row­head-like day­time run­ning lights above the head­lights give the UX a con­fi­dent per­sona while body char­ac­ter lines flow out from the dra­mat­i­cally be­gin at the top of the rear wings and stretch across the rear of the ve­hi­cle. Com­prised of 120 LEDS ta­per­ing to­ward the cen­tre and mea­sur­ing just 3mm wide at the nar­row­est point, they give the UX a unique vis­ual iden­tity. The rear spoiler, along with a flat un­der­body, help pro­vide ve­hi­cle quiet­ness and fuel ef­fi­ciency.

The 2019 Lexus UX will be avail­able with a choice of two pow­er­trains, UX 200 and UX 250h. The front-wheel-drive UX 200, with a new 2.0-litre Dy­namic Force, four-cylin­der en­gine de­vel­op­ing 126kw is cou­pled with a new Di­rect Shift con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion.

The UX 250h is a high-ef­fi­ciency ver­sion of the 2.0-litre petrol en­gine with a new fourth­gen­er­a­tion self-charg­ing Lexus Hy­brid Drive sys­tem. It will be avail­able with ei­ther front-wheel drive or E-four elec­tric all-wheel drive with a com­bined out­put of 131kw.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tion and pric­ing de­tails will be an­nounced early next year at the time of the UX’S launch in New Zealand.

THE UX BOASTS A NUM­BER OF UNIQUE DE­SIGN EL­E­MENTS ARE IN­SPIRED BY JA­PANESE CUL­TURE AND TAKUMI CRAFTS­MAN­SHIP IN­CLUD­ING A FRESH EX­E­CU­TION OF THE LEXUS SPIN­DLE GRILLE DE­SIGN WITH A NEW MESH PAT­TERN THAT HAS IN­DI­VID­UAL EL­E­MENTS CRE­AT­ING A THREE­D­I­MEN­SIONAL AP­PEAR­ANCE THAT AP­PEARS TO CHANGE WITH THE VIEW­ING AN­GLE.

flared front and rear wheel arches and 18-inch al­loy wheels are placed at the UX’S cor­ners cre­at­ing an ag­ile look.The com­bi­na­tion tail­lights

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