The popularity of the compact crossover segment cannot be understated, as it’s currently one of the fastest-growing in the auto industry. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before Lexus introduced a luxury version of a compact crossover to its extensive vehicle lineup. The 2019 Lexus UX was unveiled during the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland and, although it’s a new model, it still shares plenty in common with Lexus vehicles that came before it.
The 2019 Lexus UX will be the first of Lexus’ vehicles to feature the Global Architecture – Compact platform. This standard structure provides the UX with added agility and handling, giving it a best-in-class 34-foot turning circle and delivering a much more precise drive. The entryways of the UX have also been modified to provide the most comfort for passengers when getting in and out of the crossover.
Lexus wanted to create an environment that was both refined and comfortable when it came to the cabin of the 2019 UX. The crossover has a seamless continuity throughout both its exterior and interior, drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese aesthetics. With these design techniques, Lexus engineers created an instrument panel that seems to extend beyond the windshield. An additional touch of this design is present in the UX’s leather upholstery, which features a customary Japanese quilting technique called “sashiko.”
Just as the exterior and interior of the 2019 Lexus UX were masterfully crafted, its powertrain contains meticulous details. The Lexus UX 200 is powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a Direct Shift-CVT drivetrain, allowing the UX to produce up to 168 horsepower. The Lexus UX 250h supplies incredible fuel efficiency, thanks to its hybrid powertrain, and still manages to deliver more performance than the UX 200 with a total system performance output of 176 horsepower.
Combining the best of what has worked for Lexus in the past with some all-new innovations, the 2019 Lexus UX is set to be one of the most exciting entries in the Lexus lineup when it arrives at dealerships in December.
This article is presented by Lexus of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.