Lexus brings in ‘gate­way’ UX model

Horowhenua Chronicle - - DRIVEN.CO.NZ -

The model line-up and pric­ing has been con­firmed for the new Lexus UX that will join the lux­ury small SUV seg­ment when it launches in New Zealand in Fe­bru­ary.

Lexus New Zealand will of­fer seven vari­ants of the eye-catch­ing UX ur­ban cross­over which in­clude a choice of 2.0-litre petrol or petrol-elec­tric hy­brid pow­er­trains, front-drive and all-wheel-drive mod­els and the usual Lexus se­lec­tion of base, F Sport and Lim­ited equip­ment grades.

The 2.0-litre petrol base grade UX 200 model is the start point for the range priced at $59,900 while an F Sport spec­i­fied petrol FWD model will be $69,900.

The new 2.0-litre Dy­namic Force, four-cylin­der en­gine de­vel­ops 126kW and is cou­pled with a new Di­rect Shift con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion. The other five vari­ants are des­ig­nated UX 250h and are pow­ered by a self­charg­ing hy­brid elec­tric sys­tem with ei­ther front-wheel-drive or the in­no­va­tive all-wheel drive E-Four sys­tem — which pro­vides elec­tric mo­tor drive to the rear axle, au­to­mat­i­cally pro­vid­ing ex­tra grip in slip­pery con­di­tions at lower speeds.

The Lexus fourth gen­er­a­tion hy­brid sys­tem is rated with a com­bined out­put of 131kW for the UX 250h mod­els which will be priced from $62,900 in fron­twheel-drive base grade spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Paul Car­roll, se­nior gen­eral man­ager of Lexus New Zealand, said the UX will be­come the new “gate­way model” into the Lexus fam­ily.

“The UX will of­fer Lexus pos­si­bil­i­ties to in­tro­duce new cus­tomers to the brand and in­crease our to­tal sales from an area of the mar­ket we haven’t been in be­fore,” Car­roll said.

“The renowned Lexus at­ten­tion to de­tail and qual­ity ex­e­cu­tion makes the UX a stand­out ve­hi­cle.

“The ad­vanced drive plat­form, aero­dy­nam­ics and re­fined pow­er­train cre­ate a more re­spon­sive steer­ing feel and el­e­gant ride com­fort to make driv­ing the UX a truly amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Car­roll.

There will be 12 ex­te­rior colour op­tions avail­able in­clud­ing the dis­tinc­tive new Ter­rane Khaki, Blaz­ing Car­nelian and Ce­les­tial Blue.

The Lexus Safety Sys­tem+ pack­age will be stan­dard on all UX vari­ants and in­cludes a Pre-crash safety sys­tem with day and night­time pedes­trian de­tec­tion and day-time cy­clist de­tec­tion.

There’s also all-speed dy­namic radar cruise con­trol, lane trac­ing as­sist with lane cen­ter­ing func­tion, au­to­matic high beam (adap­tive high beam sys­tem for F Sport and Lim­ited) and road sign as­sist.

2019 LEXUS UX LINE-UPUX 200 CVT FWD — $59,900 UX 200 F Sport CVT FWD — $69,900UX 250h ECVT FWD — $62,900 UX 250h F Sport ECVT FWD — $72,900UX 250h Lim­ited ECVT FWD — $72,900UX 250h ECVT AWD — $65,900 UX 250h Lim­ited ECVT AWD — $75,900

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