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Lexus' smallest crossover (finally) out in the open


Unveiled exactly a week ago albeit with very little details announced, Lexus has now revealed more information of its new UX compact crossover.

Replacing the NX's as its smallest SUV and claimed to be a "urban compact crossover crafted for the modern urban explorer who seeks a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on a luxury lifestyle", the UX rides on Lexus' version of Toyota's TNGA platform dubbed GA-C, and measures 4 495 mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2 640 mm, height of 1 520 mm and width of 1 840 mm.

Incorporating the latest version of the Japanese brand's Spindle Grille with wraparound taillights made up of 120 LEDs and measuring three millimetres thick, sharp lines and wheel sizes ranging from 17 to 18-inches, the UX's interior takes hints from both the NX and Toyota C-HR, while an electric power steering setup and MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear complete the changes underneath the skin.

Claimed to be a world first, the UX comes fitted with so-called aerodynamic wheels whose design and indeed those of the wheel arches, "generates an airflow that helps reduce roll and keep the vehicle stable when the car is cornering, changing lanes or being driven in a straight line".

The wheels themselves meanwhile have been made in a such a way to cool the brakes and reduce wind resistance, while Lexus also claims that the aforementioned taillights, which feature fins and are dubbed aero stabilising blade lights, "prevent(s) airflow from wrapping around the rear of the vehicle".

Aside from the usual assortment of visual differences, the top spec F Sport model will also get Lexus' Adaptive Variable Suspension system, Active Sound Control and a Sport+ mode on the Drive Mode Selector.

As for driver assistance systems, and depending on the model selected, the UX can be had with Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High Beam Assist, Road Sign Assist, Pre-Collision System and Parking Brake Support as part of Lexus' Safety System+.

At launch, the QX will come powered by two petrol engines; a 125 kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol in the UX200 mated to a brand new direct shift CVT, and a similarly sized mill in the UX 250h albeit connected to an electric motor for a total system output of 131 kW. Drive will go the front wheels as standard or all four via a new e-four system on the case of the latter model.

Local availability of the UX has so far not yet been confirmed, but speculation is that it will arrive either towards the end of this year or in early 2019.

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