The segment of compact crossovers have gained another player – Lexus in Geneva unveiled the production instance of the crossover UX. Despite the fact that he has not so bright appearance, as the eponymous concept we saw in 2016 in Paris, the production version has everything you need to stand out in this fairly dense segment.
Large taillights, passed virtually unchanged from the concept, play a significant role in the formation of a one-piece design and contain 120 LEDs. New 17 and 18 inch wheels, designed specifically for this model do not play not only an aesthetic role, but also improve the aerodynamics of the crossover.
Lexus UX is more than design. Lexus is proud to say that the new model has a turning radius of 10.3 meters and is the first vehicle of the brand, collected on the new platform GA-C. thanks to the new platform from UX low center of gravity, which allows more active in cornering. The dimensions of UX are nearly 4.5 meters in length, and the wheelbase is 2.63 meters.
The interior may not meet the expectations of fans of the avant-garde, but for the segment of compact crossovers it is very fresh. Lexus says that the interior was created under the influence of Japanese traditions and in some versions leather trim made in the technique of Japanese quilted blankets, which were used to sew uniforms for martial arts of judo and Kendo.
The interior combines the past and high tech future. For example, the ventilation diffusers are illuminated by LEDs, using the newly developed wireless system in which power consumers is provided by electromagnetic resonance between the two coils, vibrating on the same frequency.
What to powertrains, the Lexus UX 200 will be powered by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 168 HP and a new CVT. UX Lexus 250h will receive not only a hybrid powertrain, with a capacity of 176 HP, but all-wheel drive due to the integration of the electric motor at the rear. Every time the sensors detect loss of grip of the rear wheels, 80% of torque is automatically transferred to them at speeds up to 70 km/h.
Production of the Lexus UX will begin in the fall of this year, while global sales will start in the end of the year. The manufacturer, the novelty will be in demand among young audiences.