2019 Lexus UX Near Springfield MA
Lexus is set to introduce its exciting new subcompact crossover at the end of this year in both conventional and hybrid forms. Coming December 2018, the UX 200 and 250h will be available as upscale counterparts to the Toyota C-HR and Prius, respectively. The UX made its first appearance at the New York Auto Show in early 2018 as an all-new small, luxury crossover that Lexus has designed for “the modern urban explorer” (hence its “UX” name). Its look is distinctive, with a dominating front grille and dramatic taillights that span the entire back end. The conventional gasoline-burning UX 200 will be powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (168 hp) paired with the Lexus Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (CVT) The gas-electric hybrid 250h has the same gas engine in the Atkinson Cycle version working with an electric motor for each axle and using the automaker’s fourth-generation hybrid drive system. The gas-burner is FWD while the hybrid is AWD. In terms of options packages, F SPORT versions will be available for both powertrains, adding racing-inspired aluminum pedals, sport seats and steering wheel, paddle shifters, and a digital gauge cluster.
Lexus promises that the UX will offer “innovative connectivity” for its passengers, including four USB ports, a Qi wireless charging system, and Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The instrument panel is a 7-inch screen that changes its layout according to which driving mode is selected: normal, eco, or sport.
The UX is built on the super-rigid new Global Architecture – Compact (GA-C) platform, which gives it a low center of gravity for excellent handling. Like every Lexus product, it offers a smooth and quiet ride and is packed with active and passive features that make it very safe to ride in. The EPA rates fuel efficiency in the gas version at 33 mpg combined and 38 combined in the hybrid.