Lexus expands crossover range
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