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.