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Lexus unveils its UX SUV in Geneva

13 March 2018

After much teasing, Lexus finally unveiled its UX SUV at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The model is expected to launch in South Africa early next year a will be the fourth addition to the local Lexus utility range and is the first to make use of  the new GA-C global architecture platform. According to the luxury brand this new platform “delivers fundamental high structural rigidity and a low centre of gravity,” providing “excellent ride quality and stability”.

Lexus’ fourth-generation hybrid system which self-charges, is more efficient and has a more powerful (131kW) electric motor will be introduced locally in the UX250h variant. While the UX200 fitted with a new 125 kW 2.0-litre petrol engine, mated with a new direct-shift continuously variable transmission, will also be introduced.

An all-wheel-drive system that incorporates an additional electric motor on the rear axle will also be available with the UX 250h.

With a length of 4 495mm, height of 1 520mm, width of 1 840mm and wheelbase of 2 640mm Lexus says this model will broaden the company’s range an allow it to compete in the luxury small-SUV segment.

Inside, Lexus says that the cabin “offers a driver-focused cockpit” with a good view of the road as well as an open, relaxing space for passengers and generous cargo space.

You can expect a full range of safety features including EBD, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam assist and road sign assist.