Stylish, rigid, high-tech 2019 Lexus UX debuts at Geneva Motor Show
Lexus has finally joined the compact crossover segment by unveiling the new UX at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
This new crossover introduces a bold and new design, ultra-efficient new powertrains, and innovative luxury features.
The UX is the first Lexus to use the brand’s GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform. The super-rigid structure and low center of gravity help the UX deliver exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality.
The 2019 Lexus UX will be available in two versions: the UX 200, which introduces a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the UX 250h, which pairs the same 2.0-liter gas engine with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system. New technology that networks with navigation allows the UX 250h to proactively optimize hybrid operation by learning, and adapting to the driver’s routes and driving habits.
Making urban exploring easier, the vehicle’s proportions allow for easy maneuverability, with a best-in-segment 34-foot turning circle. A 103.9-in. wheelbase contributes to a smooth, stable ride and cabin roominess, while the 177-inch length lets the Lexus UX easily slip into convenient “compact only” parking spaces.
The vehicle’s basic form flows out from the lines of the Lexus spindle grille, which uses a new block-shaped mesh pattern, to envelop the cabin. Its grille takes on a compelling three-dimensional appearance that appears to change with the viewing angle. Daytime running lights arranged in an arrowhead motif above the headlights emphasize the Lexus L-shaped lighting signature and highlight the daring front-end design.
At the rear, an elegantly simple styling treatment contrasts sharply with the flared fenders to emphasize the UX’s dynamic and strong crossover qualities. It has a full-width taillights that project a distinctive nighttime signature formed by a sequence of 120 LED’s and tapering towards the center.
Inspired by a traditional Japanese concept that blurs the boundary between a home’s exterior and interior, designers created a feeling of seamless continuity for the UX. From the driver’s seat, the upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend out beyond the windshield, giving the driver an excellent field of vision and a clear sense of the vehicle’s dimensions.
A “seat-in-control” concept focuses operation of all key vehicle functions around the driver’s side of the cabin, and the seatback shape allows the driver to operate the controls while maintaining a comfortable, natural posture.
Meanwhile, the Lexus UX’s GA-C platform was purposely-built to give the vehicle a light handling to deliver a stable ride. The platform also has a rigid structure due to its strong adhesives and Laser Screw Welding.
As part of the Lexus Safety System +, the UX has standard safety features such as pre-collision system, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic/adaptive high beam assist, road sign assist, and Parking Support Brake that can detect and automaticallt apply the brakes if there's a stationary object on the UX's way.