Lexus Confirms UX Small SUV For Geneva With This Teaser

Just last month we brought you reports that Lexus was planning to reveal the production version of the UX concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Now the Japanese automaker has confirmed that those plans will indeed come to fruition.

Lexus first unveiled the UX in concept form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The basic idea is for a small crossover to slot in under the NX and take on the likes of the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Acura MDX, and Infiniti QX30 in a rapidly growing market segment of compact luxury crossovers.

The UX will bring Toyota’s luxury SUV lineup up to five models, joining the larger NX and RX crossovers and the GX and LX sport-utes.

Not much else is known at this point about the production model, and there’s very little to be gleaned from the teaser image above and video below. But we’re anticipating both UX 250 and UX 250h models to incorporate four-cylinder engines – the latter with a hybrid assist. One way or another, we’ll find out more within the next few weeks.

Along with the UX, Lexus will be showcasing the three-row RX L crossover at the other end of the spectrum, along with the LF-1 Limitless concept that debuted in Detroit – both marking their European debuts at the Swiss expo. There’ll also be two special editions of the RC F performance coupe on display – one called the Black Edition (with predictable parameters), and another marking the 10th anniversary of the Lexus F line.

Of course, we can also expect Lexus to showcase the rest of its lineup, including the aforementioned high-riders, as well as the IS, ES, GS, and LS sedans, and the RC and LC coupes, in their conventional and hybrid forms.

  • Miknik

    Are those tail lights the return of tail fins after more than 50 years?

    • Six_Tymes

      yep, and blame Honda for bringing it back

      • Bananarama

        What? How??
        Also, who the hell doesn’t like tail fins??

  • gor134

    Even though it will most likely look ugly, I’m excited to see it because Lexus always has exciting and unique designs. Also I think it would be UX200t rather than 250. If the NX competes with X1/Q3, does the UX compete with X2/Q2?

    • supermanuel

      I always thought RX competed with X5, GLE class, so NX would compete with X3 GLC class and this new one would then compete with X1 and GLA class. I will admit that the class boundaries are blurry though.

      • salamOOn

        of course NX is Q5 class if we are talking about dimensions….

        • supermanuel

          Well, we are, aren’t we?

      • gor134

        I was under the assumption that RX competed with X3 and Q5?

        • supermanuel

          The X5 is 4880mm long, the RX 4890mm long. They compete in size terms. The X3 is 4708mm long which is big for it’s class and even longer even than the Q5. Always been a little bit confused by Audi’s Q range as to positioning. The Q7 is a massive barge that competes with the GLS and the forthcoming BMW X7. The Q5 (4663mm) is marginally smaller than the BMW X3 (4708mm) but close enough. So Audi doesn’t have a model in the X5/RX class? The Q3 is a bit shorter than the X1 too, although I suppose it’ll grow in the next incarnation.

          So the Q3 (4388mm) competes with the X1 (4439mm) and GLA (4417mm), the Q5 (4663mm) competes with the X3 (4708mm), GLC (4679mm) and the NX (4630mm). Audi doesn’t have a model in the X5, RX and GLE class effectively, unless you go for a base spec Q7.

          Even more confusing is Jaguars SUV range. The F-Pace is is 4731mm which is longer than the already big X3 but not big enough to go against the X5/RX. The E-Pace however is shorter than any of the other cars in the X1/Q3 class at 4345mm long.

          I got a bit obsessed with length there…

  • Nordschleife

    Another thing thT I respect about Lexus is that they are nit trying to force you to learn a new naming scheme…yet. Everything is not an LS something or and LX something. The names that started With them still exists.

  • ediotsavant

    Lexus naming schemes are all over the place. UX should not be used as the cuv is positioned below the NX. UX should have been reserved for the LF-1 Limitless.

  • oh boy..

  • Six_Tymes

    awww crap, they went an copied Honda’s awful idea of the rear lights flanking away from the body to falsely give a sense of width.

  • Christian
    • Bo Hanan

      Thank God it wasn’t called GTO. I’m sure the performance is amazing, but- this design is ugly and it would have sullied the GTO legacy..

      • gor134

        I agree. I think we need something more agressive and noteworthy to be enough to be called a GTO.

  • Looks like it’s a UX250h to me…

  • Albert Wan
    • gor134

      We were the first news site to have a post about this.

  • getoffme


  • Craig

    ‘UX’? Seriously? smh

    • Sébastien

      Let’s hope they actually did user experience to get ergonomic and everything right

  • Sébastien

    So it will be an expensive C-HR… Meh

  • Those tailfin-like taillights seem like the new craze in automotive-dom, just like the “floating” roof, and the Audi-like thin white DRL LED lights before – not only the Japanese are embracing this trend but BMW as well (upcoming 8-series and X7, just to name a couple) plus Lexus combined it with the whole-width horizontal taillight theme hot right now… (upcoming Audis, Lambos, Bugatti, Porsches, Peugeots, Lincolns, etc…)

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