Lexus reveals its first compact luxury crossover in New York

Lexus UX joins three-row RX 350L in SUV line-up
 
 
Called the urban compact crossover, the 2019 Lexus UX was recently introduced at the New York International Motor Show. This new SUV is designed for the modern, urban explorer who seeks a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving.
 
The UX’s bold and stylish design blends expressive bodywork with a compact size, and its crossover credentials are signaled by its muscular haunches and high beltline. 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 UX will be joined on the show floor by the all-new three-row RX 350L, which continues a cross- country tour that began at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The RX created the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago and has reigned supreme as the most popular luxury utility vehicle on the market. With the new model, Lexus drivers will now have the option of a third row without compromising the sleek styling and easy maneuverability. A longer body length and steeper tailgate window angle ensures good headroom for third-row passengers.
 
 
In the new model, the full-length side curtain airbags cover all three rows and it features the standard Lexus Safety System +. The vehicle features plenty of power with 290 horsepower and 263 lb. ft. of torque with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and eight-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with Intelligence (ECT- i).
 
The 2019 Lexus UX will be available in two versions: the UX 200 that has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the UX 250h, which also has a 2.0-liter gas engine with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system.