[PHOTOS] New: Lexus Unveils New UX New Compact Crossover Newly in Geneva (It’s New)
Lexus has revealed an entirely new vehicle for the luxury crossover market at the Geneva Motor Show with its first-ever compact crossover, dubbed the UX. According to Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX, the new vehicle is “designed for the modern urban explorer.”
Of course, by “entirely new,” we really mean it, as the UX is the first Lexus to use the brand’s new GA-C vehicle platform (standing for Global Architecture—Compact). In the looks department, its looks seem mostly to follow the RX and LS.
The UX will come in two versions: the UX 200 and UX 250h. The new UX 200 will be powered by a just-as-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission, while the UX 250h will pair the same engine to a (new) fourth-generation hybrid drive system that can allow the UX 250h to optimize its performance by studying the driver’s routes and habits.
The UX’s compact footprint gives it a best-in-segment turning circle of 34 feet, making it maneuverable for urban streets, and on the outside features a (new) block-shape mesh pattern grille and (new) signature full-width taillights. The 17- and 18-inch wheels are also new, having been designed specifically for the UX.
Interestingly, for all the new-ness going around for the UX, the interior design draws heavily from Japanese traditions, such as the design tradition to blur the boundaries between a home’s interior and exterior that inspired the dashboard design or the Japanese quilting technique normally used for judo or kendo martial arts uniforms that was employed on the seats.
The UX 200 and 250h will start production in the fall to go on sale in the States by December.