The new Lexus UX will be available in early 2019. Its pricing is expected to range between 35 000 and 42 000 € with a supplement of 1 500 € for the version 4-wheel drive.
With the UX, Lexus change gear : 6 000 sales in 2018, 10 000 referred to in 2019. A realistic goal, because the UX ticks the right boxes : compact SUV, strong style, reasonable price for a ” premium “. Before his trial, here are our first impressions.
Page 1Lexus UX : the Lexus that’s going to change Lexus
Lexus is a young brand : not even thirty years old. From the outset, she spoke the language of the “premium” : power, luxury, and voluptuousness. But to compete with Mercedes, BMW and Audi, the barons of this kingdom, Lexus has long fumbled because he lacked the essentials : a real identity. It was found in two time. First, an identification technique in 2004, with the RX 400h, the first SUV hybrid in the world. Certainly, the division’s top of the range Toyota has not had to look far to find this recipe. But today, the whole range of Lexus vehicles marketed in France offers a hybrid solution : not a single bet technique, a belief, a commitment.
Then, an identification of the stylistic with the IS (2013) and the NX (2014) : strong trapezoidal grille, lines and sharp, corners you want in here. For that vow of discretion, the style Lexus may seem brash. But the success in France of the Toyota C-HR compact SUV covering of a line warrior, a quiet hybrid engine of 122 hp, shows how much the mores of the drivers have changed…
The slope is very pronounced in the rear hatch forced the trunk but participates in the félinité of the Lexus UX. But was it necessary to develop a model purely urban (16 cm ground clearance), fender flares also large and square-shaped ?
This course accomplished, nothing remained to Lexus than to enter fully into the competition by launching a model of wide distribution. In other words, for a brand that came with a top, a compact SUV. It will come in next January, and is called the UX. Same wheelbase proves it : the OWS is built on a base of Toyota C-HR. But it is more long (4.50 m,
+ 14 cm) and lowest (1.52 m, – 4 cm), therefore traits and more tapered. It claims to be, moreover, as a cross between sedan and SUV. For who remember at what altitude were placed on the roofs of the first SUV, the UX, on this criterion, is actually much closer to a sedan than a 4×4.
Low Centre of gravity, weight of the content by the use of aluminum
(1 540 kg), increased stiffness by welding the steel by laser : UX promises to have a temperament more dynamic than its big brother NX (4,63 m) or its cousin C-HR. Check, wheel in hands. But already, a point seems enticing : it ushers in the range Lexus-Toyota hybrid engine that sings high (178 hp combined power) and takes him from 0 to 100 km/h in 8,5 s. softness, childhood disease of the first hybrid models, would she finally be defeated ?